Saturday, December 3, 2011

Smoky Mountain Living: Animal Abodes

Animal Abodes: Bedding Down in the Wilds of the Mountains

By Don Hendershot

There's a host of furry, feathery, slinky, slimy, big and tiny creatures making their homes in the mountains and with which we share the landscape...

The Smokies are home to a number of wonderful nature centers that showcase native flora and fauna. At Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville, Tenn., "bird guy" Stephen Lyn Bales is senior naturalist and author of two books Natural Histories and Ghost Birds. Bales notes that different species of birds nest at different elevations throughout the Smokies. Two of his favorite high-elevation nesters are the Northern saw-whet owl and the winter wren.

"The owl can be found in the forests along the Smokies' crest," Bales says...

For the rest of the article look for the December2011/January2012 issue of Smoky Mountain Living

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