Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bobcat in the Garden Last Night

We wondered what had the dogs so upset last night. From looking at the tracks it took them a while to realize there was a bobcat walking around in the freshly planted garden beds. It is not a large one but this is the beginning of the breeding season and they get that wanderlust. Sometime in mid April to mid May we are not surprised to hear them scream. Not surprised when the hair on the neck stands at attention and chills run down the spine, either. We see tracks a lot more than we hear them and we hear them a lot more than we see them, except on the game and security cameras. I love knowing they are out there. The tracks are between the house and the garage.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Whites Creek Small Wild Area Trail Maintenance This Sat Jan 17

There will be a day of trail maintenance work at Whites Creek Small Wild Area on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m.

The annual event, sponsored by the Oak Ridge-based Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning [TCWP], is part of ongoing stewardship activities for the Tennessee Valley Authority Small Wild Area trail.

The trail loops onto land that TCWP purchased from Bowater several years ago, thanks to the generous support of our members, TCWP officials said in a press release.

Rhea Herald News Story with more info

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Traditional Christmas Eve Flood

Christmas eve has been high water for the last three years and probably many more if I had kept track. At normal levels you can just walk to the big rock and watch kayakers paddle by. It's a bit high today but several paddlers were out there.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Zebra Mussels in Cherokee Lake...This is more than NOT Good

They are about the size of an adult male’s thumbnail, and their shells remind one of the letter “D”, with its alternating light- and dark-colored stripes earning the small mollusk the name Zebra Mussel.
Most folks have probably never seen one, or even if they have, would never think that such a tiny creature is a threat, but officials with the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency are not only familiar with the critter, they’re downright worried about the potential damage Zebras can do to the state’s rivers and lakes.
Discovered some time ago in Norris Lake, the Zebra Mussel has now been positively identified in Cherokee Lake