Other Sites of Interest

The annual Christmas Bird Count is part of the Audubon Society's long term commitment to the study of avian population trends.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University provides a treasure trove of information for birders of all levels.

Carolina Birds provides a handy listing of many of the bird clubs in North and South Carolina. Further information about birding throughout North Carolina can be found at the Carolina Bird Club main site.

To review historic rainfall and temperature records in Western North Carolina visit this useful site at world climate.com.

The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy works tirelessly to protect pristine land as well as critical habitats in Western North Carolina for the generations to come.

The North Carolina Natural Heritage Program inventories, catalogues, and supports conservation of the rarest and the most outstanding elements of the natural diversity of our state. We were fortunate to have had naturalist Ed Schwartzman working in our county. Ed completed his work in Transylvania County in 2008 and moved on to Macon County, but he left us with a magnificent Natural Area Resources Inventory as a planning tool. The Executive Summary of this inventory may be accessed through the NC Natural Heritage Program website above.

The Blue Ridge Parkway Association and the National Park Service maintain web sites describing the Blue Ridge Parkway, which was created in the 1930's and extends from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to near the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

Here is a great way to build and maintain your vocabulary. Click on this link to Free Rice.com and play the game while you earn rice for hungry persons through the United Nations food program. Don't think 20 grains of rice per correct answer can't add up? Play more and tell your friends and young students.