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Can a Cow Save a Penguin? Question on World Penguin Day

This post is in cooperation with Stonyfield, where I am proud to be a #StonyfieldBlogger! Can a cow save a penguin? I asked my youngest to #ImagineHow when we visited Zoo Knoxville recently.  Since they were tiny, I’ve brought my kids to visit the penguins at our local zoo, where they wait to see them […]

Continue Reading By on April 25, 2017 in agriculture, biodiversity, conservation, parenting, pesticides, Yo-Getters

Great Smoky Mountains Recovering from Historic Wildfires

It was an unusual drive into the nation’s most-visited national park in January.  Light green, winter rye grass was growing along the edges of the parkway entrances, as if hastily sown by the developer of a budget-priced subdivision.  Instead, this grass was holding together the frail edges where, in some steeper places where deeply-rooted trees […]

Continue Reading By on February 11, 2017 in biodiversity, East Tennessee, mountains, outdoors, outing, Smoky Mountains

Bat Conservationist Keynotes Discover Life in America Conference in Smokies

Start with some of the globe’s most ancient mountains, give them special protections, and you’ll discover tens of thousands of life forms, some not easily found anywhere else these days. That’s why East Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains are designated an International Biosphere Reserve. Scientists are still discovering and documenting different species of plants and animals […]

Continue Reading By on February 26, 2014 in Appalachia, biodiversity, climate change, Great Smoky Mountains, outdoor

Thousands Plan to Draw the Line Saturday on Keystone XL

“That money’s burning a hole in your pocket!”   “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” “Waste not, want not.”   Anybody else grow up hearing those truisms?  Those same generations of folks that raised us on some rather conservative values were also the generations that viewed any sort of technological progress as something that […]

Continue Reading By on September 18, 2013 in air, backyard, Bill McKibben, biodiversity, climate change, community, conservation, energy, environmental health, environmentalism, Keystone XL

Discover Life in Smokies

Great Smoky Mtns. Natl. Park Audubon did it for birds, everyone adores flowers, and millions of visitors appreciate the chance to see a black bear in its natural setting.  But some unsung heroes of biodiversity at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are finally getting their due.  Because science has long touted the interdependence of every […]

Continue Reading By on January 25, 2012 in Appalachia, biodiversity, Great Smoky Mountains, insects, natural, outdoors