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Need some comic relief this Valentine’s Day? A zoo will name a cockroach after your ex and feed it to a meerkat.

By Kim Dinan | 24 Jan 20
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Need some comic relief this Valentine’s Day? A zoo will name a cockroach after your ex and feed it to a meerkat. If you’re already dreading February 14, maybe this will provide a pick-me-up: the El Paso Zoo will name a cockroach after your ex and then feed it to a meerkat on a live…

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National Weather Service issues “falling iguana alert” in Florida

By Kim Dinan | 23 Jan 20
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National Weather Service issues “falling iguana alert” in Florida On Tuesday night the National Weather Service in Miami, FL issued a warning for Floridians to be on the lookout for falling iguanas, thanks to an unusual burst of cold air. The weather service sent out the warning on Twitter. “This isn’t something we usually forecast,…

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Blue Ridge Parkway wildlife cam captures Bobcat with meal in mouth

By Kim Dinan | 22 Jan 20
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Blue Ridge Parkway wildlife cam captures Bobcat with meal in mouth A hungry bobcat was caught on a National Park Service infrared nighttime wildlife cam running with a rabbit clamped between its jaws. The National Park Service posted the video to its Facebook page with the caption, “When you grab the last cupcake from the…

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Outdoor Updates: Australian firefighters save a grove of prehistoric trees, of which only 200 remain

By Kim Dinan | 21 Jan 20
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Australian firefighters save a grove of prehistoric trees, of which only 200 remain As wildfires rage across the continent of Australia, firefighters have managed to save a prehistoric grove of Wollemi Pine trees, which grow in a secret location within Wollemi National Park northwest of Sydney. The trees are thought to have existed during the…

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Outdoor Updates: Florida governor announces land purchase in Everglades to prevent drilling

By Kim Dinan | 20 Jan 20
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Florida governor announces land purchase in Everglades to prevent drilling  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says that the state will buy 20,000 acres of land and spend as much as $18 million to prevent drilling in the Everglades. The land will be purchased from Kanter Real Estate LLC, which had obtained approval for exploratory oil wells…

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Outdoor Updates: New indoor bike park and climbing gym opens in Mills River, NC

By Kim Dinan | 17 Jan 20
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New indoor bike park and climbing gym opens in Mills River, NC A new 40,000-square-foot indoor bike park and rock climbing gym called the Riveter will hold a free grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Located just down the road from Sierra Nevada in Mills River, the facility is…

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Bike park in Buncombe County, NC to close due to landfill expansion

By Kim Dinan | 16 Jan 20
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The Alexander Mountain Bike Park in Alexander, NC will permanently close to the public on Friday, Jan. 31 and will be developed as an expansion of dirt borrow space for the Buncombe County Landfill. The park’s multi-user trail system has been around for 20 years and was managed by Recreation Services, but the land has…

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Outdoor Updates: 75 acres at “Tri-Corner” area preserved

By Kim Dinan | 15 Jan 20
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North Carolina Division of Parks & Recreation begin to plan 100-mile Wilderness Gateway State Trail Trail planners at the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation are at work on a 100-mile hiking trail called the Wilderness Gateway State Trail that will connect Chimney Rock State Park with South Mountains State Park. There will also be…

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Outdoor Updates: National Park Service treated more than 230,000 acres of public land to reduce wildfire risk

By Kim Dinan | 14 Jan 20
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In FY 2019 National Park Service treated more than 230,000 acres of public land to reduce wildfire risk The National Park Service announced that 230,308 acres of public land were treated in FY 2019 to reduce wildlife risks in the parks. Prescribed fire was used to treat nearly 207,000 acres, and an additional 24,000 acres…

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Outdoor Updates: More than 90 acres of the Knob conserved in the Shenandoah Valley

By Kim Dinan | 13 Jan 20
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More than 90 acres of the Knob conserved in the Shenandoah Valley The Conservation Fund has announced that a 91-acre tract of land in the Shenandoah Valley has been permanently protected and preserved. In a press release, the organization announced that the newly protected property is the rock-topped end of Short Mountain, known as the…

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Court rules against pipeline developers in a win for residents of Union Hill, VA

By Kim Dinan | 10 Jan 20
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Photo by Ellen Kanzinger Read more about the story of Union Hill, Va HERE On Tuesday, Virginia’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in a case that called into question the legality of placing a compressor station in the Union Hill neighborhood, home…

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Outdoor Updates: Two land deals near Blue Ridge Parkway will protect areas from future development

By Kim Dinan | 09 Jan 20
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Two land deals near Blue Ridge Parkway will protect areas from future development The Conservation Trust for North Carolina has donated a 53-acre Pinnacle Ridge parcel of land in Haywood County to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The organization also recently purchased Thunder Hill Overlook, a 229-acre piece of land near Blowing Rock, with the intent…

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Outdoor Updates: 17-acre bog near Pisgah Loop Scenic Highway preserved by Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina

By Kim Dinan | 08 Jan 20
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17-acre bog near Pisgah Loop Scenic Highway preserved by Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina Seventeen acres of bog land in Jonas Ridge, bordering the Pisgah Loop Scenic Highway, has been purchased for permanent protection by the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina. Foothills Conservancy says that Southern Appalachian mountain bogs are rare and contain vulnerable ecosystems.…

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Outdoor Updates: Mountain Lions Killed After Eating Human Remains

By Kim Dinan | 07 Jan 20
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Mountain lions killed after eating human remains Three mountain lions in Arizona were euthanized after eating human remains close to a popular hiking trail. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department discovered the human remains last Tuesday during an investigation on the Pima Canyon Trail. Though the mountain lions are not suspected of killing the victim, they…

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Outdoor Updates: Half a billion animals have been killed in Australia’s wildfires

By Kim Dinan | 06 Jan 20
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Half a billion animals have been killed in Australia’s wildfires Fires raging across the continent of Australia have killed an estimated 500 million animals, including 8,000 koalas, ecologists say. The fires, which began in September, have charred birds, mammals and reptiles and threaten to wipe out entire species in a country that already has the…

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