National Weather Service issues “falling iguana alert” in Florida

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, but don’t be surprised if you see Iguanas falling from the trees tonight as lows drop into the 30s and 40s,” they tweeted. “Brrr!”

The weather service went on to explain that iguanas are cold-blooded, so they slow down or become immobile when temperatures drop into the 40s. “They may fall from trees, but they are not dead,” the weather service said.

Hiker Jeff Mitchell offers free presentation in Abington about hiking in PA

On Saturday, Feb. 8, hiker Jeff Mitchell will offer a free presentation at the Dietrich Theater in Abington, Va titled “Hiking Through the Natural Beauty of Pennsylvania.” Mitchell’s presentation will focus on Pennsylvania’s parks and natural areas, including waterways. Free tickets will be available at the door or can be reserved by calling 570-836-1022.

Mitchell is an experienced hiker and author of several books including “Hiking the Endless Mountains,” “Backpacking Pennsylvania” and “Paddling Pennsylvania.” 

Mark your calendars for these popular hiking festivals slated to take place this spring in Tennessee and Virginia

It may be the dead of winter but spring is right around the corner and, with it, three popular hiking festivals will return to Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. 

The festivities kick off May 2 with the Erwin Great Outdoors Festival on Main Street in downtown Erwin. The festival’s purpose is to encourage people to “embrace their love for nature.”

Next up is Roan Mountain’s Hikerpalooza 2020, taking place on May 9, 10 and 11. The festival celebrates the fourth year since Roan Mountain was awarded the official AT Community designation and is part of an ongoing effort to promote “awareness, interaction and conservation of” the Appalachian Trail. 

Finally, the 34th Appalachian Trail Days Festival is scheduled for May 15- 17 in Damascus, Va. The festival features a hiker parade, vendors and exhibitors, music, camping and more. 

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