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Welcome to the Blue Wall Weekly, your source for what's going on outside along the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment. Feel free to share your own photos, videos, and adventures along the Blue Wall by sending them to the email address at the bottom of the page, and we'll do our best to make you (locally) famous!
That rain, she does sometimes fall hard on Jocassee. This week brought the sting of almost-hail in the deluges, and thunder and lightning a’plenty. There is a terrifying exhilaration to sitting in a boat on a lake in a thunderstorm. We all prefer the exhilaration of swimming in a waterfall, or spying an otter at play, but there is a sense of calm acceptance, a sense of closer community, that comes with sitting together through a rain-driven thunderstorm. Ultimately we all survive the beautiful fury of Mother Nature, as we do, and never has even the worst storm kept us from going out to do it all again, the first chance we get.~K
A new class of Jocassee Wild Naturalists gets their first lesson on the very unpredictable weather of the Jocassee Gorges!
Originally a military compound and later a trading post, this Historic Site offers both, recreational opportunities and a unique look at 18th and 19th century South Carolina. A self-interpretation station is available at the park office.
UF Clean Water Specialist Rebecca Wade will join Sally Bethea, author and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper to discuss her new book, Keeping the Chattahoochee, in which Sally tells stories that range from joyous and funny to frustrating — even alarming — to illustrate what it takes to save an endangered river.
This 5 year mushroom foraging permit meets the criteria required by the state health departments and formally approved for the foraging and selling of wild mushrooms in the following states: South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York & Rhode Island.
In this course, you will learn the basic science behind defining wetland systems and the special features that characterize these habitats in our region. You will also learn the basics of how the science and law (the Clean Water Act) meet to help protect these vital ecosystems.
I’ve been looking up these days, these fine after Labor Day summer days. While the water is still warm and the swimming still sublime. I’ve been looking up for eagles and hawks and ducks, sure signs of nature on the move. It may seem like just another warm summer day or week here, but the transition to fall is well underway. It’s time to look up for monarch butterflies as well. The skies could be filled with them any day, and oh what fun it is to keep a count of them with children onboard. And finally I’m looking up for loons. It’s a bit of wishful thinking this early in the month, but I do know that the floaters are gathering in huge rafts up north, ready and anxious to head south. Floaters are the adult loons who were unsuccessful breeders, and who gather and socialize this time of year. They migrate first, followed by the breeding loons, and lastly the newly born loons, who find their way south without a drop of guidance from their parents. Two loons were spotted on the lake just this week. It’s almost that time!~B
It’s Hawk Watch time! Head up to Caesar’s Head or Sassafras Mountain and join the volunteers watching for (and counting) raptors on their way to Central and South America for the winter. These migratory birds take advantage of thermals, a rising column of air caused by temperature differences between the air at ground level and air higher in the atmosphere.
ABOUT THE BLUE WALL
Spanning three states (North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia) and encompassing 859,000 acres, the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment, known as the 'Blue Wall' by Native Americans, contains some of the highest natural diversity of rare plants and animals found anywhere in the world.