RMR-067: Mountain Bees and Sky Islands with Eric Rayfield

Mountain Bees and Sky Islands
with Eric Rayfield

Eric Rayfield - Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy - Roan Naturalist -2016Mountain Bee Adventure Leader, Eric Rayfield, studies high elevation bumble bees. He will lead the Mountain Bee Adventure at the Xtreme Roan Adventures, on Saturday, 30 July 2016.

Eric studies the genetics of the high elevation bees to determine if they are cross breeding with other mountain top bees. Or are they cut off by distance on their own “sky island”.  What a fascinating concept.

Click on the play button above to hear more from Eric. 

LINKS:

Xtreme Roan Adventures (a kid’s nature day) 

XRA schedule

XRA registration

Friends of Roan Mountain

Audio

RMR-065: Spring Naturalists Rally Preview with Liz Domingue

Spring Naturalists Rally Preview
with Liz Domingue
Liz Domingue photo by Ann Clayton

Friday’s speaker for the Friends of Roan Mountain Spring Naturalists’ Rally, Liz Domingue will present-Butterflies and Familiar Moths of the Smokies.

As the founder and operator of Just Get Outdoors, Liz leads our guided interpretive hikes, Naturalist Adventure Outings in the Smokies and Naturalist Adventure Tours and conducts our environmental education programs for youths, adults, and fellow educators. She encourages awareness, understanding, enjoyment, and stewardship of our natural world.

Liz is an expert naturalists and has specialized in the Southern Appalachians.
She is an expert in leading hikes and tours for all ages, an accomplished nature photographer and a prolific nature writer for publications all over the south.

Her current project is a new Smokies field guide, “Butterflies and Familiar Moths of the Smokies”.

She is a very well traveled professional naturalist and can be contacted at JustGetOutdoors.com in the Smokies.

<Click> the player above to listen to a preview.

LINKS:

Just Get Outdoors.com

Spring Naturalists Rally – April 22-23-24 – brochure

Friends of Roan Mountain Spring 2016 Newsletter

Roan Mountain State Park – campground reservations
 

RMR-064: Spring Naturalists’ Rally Preview with Dr. Mick Whitelaw

Spring Naturalists’ Rally – Roan Mountain State Park – April 22-23-24

Preview with Dr. Mick Whitelaw

Roan Mountain and
Tweetsie Trains, People and Iron
with Dr. Mick Whitelaw

Join Your Friends on the Mountain!

The Friday, April 22, evening speaker will be our favorite Fossil Casting Master, Dr. Mick Whitelaw. He will present the geology and history of the new Tweetsie Trail. For the present the Trail follows the old railroad bed from Johnson City to Elizabethton TN.

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Click the PLAY button above to listen to the preview with Mick,

 

LINKS:
Spring Naturalists’ Rally – Brochure and Registration
Kid’s Rally Schedule – Saturday – April 23
Friends of Roan Mountain

Audio

RMR-063: The Goat Whisperer with Leigh Ann Henion

Our State (April 2016) magazine cover mashupApril 2016 issue of the North Carolina magazine “Our State” has an article about the Baatany Goat Project.
The Goat Whisperer by Leigh Ann Henion describes the June 2015 herding of the goats up to Jane Bald.

It was a joy to have writer and author, Leigh Ann Henion, join us last June for the herding up to Jane Bald. It was the annual herding of the goats up to the summer range for the Baatany Goat Project. Weather was great, so that helped in handling the “unexpected” adventure.

Leigh Ann was on assignment for the North Carolina magazine “Our State”. Her article, The Goat Whisperer, is published in the April 2016 issue.

Accompanying the article are beautiful images of the goats on the mountain from professional photographer, Scott Hoffman, They really makes you want to be there.

The goats had their own plan for the hike up to Jane Bald. Their plan included several rest stops in the woods. These unexpected stops gave us plenty of time to talk and visit with Leigh Ann and photographer, Scott Hoffman. It was a very enjoyable day on the mountain.

The digital issue is only$1.99 available through Zinio digital publishing.
Here is the link: April 2016 – Our State magazine.

book cover: Phenomenal by Leigh Ann HenionLeigh Ann Henion, author of the new book “Phenomenal”, has been around the world experiencing amazing natural events and wonders. She brings a personal touch to some natural, “Phenomenal” events.
Her book is available at Barnes&Noble, Books-a-Million and on Amazon.

Click the Player above to hear more from Leigh Ann Henion.

 

 

 

LINKS:

Our State magazine DIGITAL ISSUE $ 1.99 – April 2016

Spring Naturalists Rally – April 22-23-24 – brochure

Friends of Roan Mountain

Roan Mountain State Park – campground reservations