Author Archives: Pam Barbour

For the Birds

Winter is a time when the birds could use some help with food resources.  But, it’s important to practice some good housekeeping techniques too so that your birds stay healthy.  There are so many types of feeders available these days … Continue reading

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What’s all the Fuss About The Carolina Heelsplitter?

Freshwater mussels are not high on the “cute” list of wildlife, but they play an important role in our ecosystem nonetheless.  They are what’s termed indicator species which means they help indicate sources of clean water.  They live in our … Continue reading

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The Splendor of Fall Color

Months ago, I planned what’s becoming an annual trip to the SC upstate for fall color.  And such a trip would not be complete without a boat ride with Lake Jocassee Boat Tours.  While the vista views seemed less than … Continue reading

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South Carolina Master Naturalist Conference 2015

Each year for the past 4 years, great effort has been put into action by the SC Master Naturalist program (an extension of Clemson University) to provide a weekend of learning for those of us in the program.  This year … Continue reading

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Fire and Ice

On a recent visit to Glacier National Park, it was truly a vision of contrast.  All the fire activity had me curious but the weather had closed in and snow caused the Going to the Sun Road to close temporarily.  … Continue reading

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I’m a Monarch Butterfly Mom!

Today, after 18 days in chrysalis form, it happened.  On my previous post, you saw a bright green chrysalis.  This is that same chrysalis about ready to break open. I watched diligently for days, waiting for the process to begin … Continue reading

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Horns versus Antlers?

We all enjoy watching wildlife especially those with horns and antlers.  But have you ever really thought about which is what?  Horns?  Antlers?  What’s the difference?  Horns are permanent where antlers are shed annually. For example, this Big Horn Sheep … Continue reading

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Take a Hike!

Take a hike, a nature hike that is and leave the phone in your pocket.  Take a friend or two or three but take some time to get out there and enjoy nature.  I did just that and was so … Continue reading

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Raising a Monarch Butterfly

I know this is grade school stuff, but I never got to do it grade school so now is the time for me.  I came upon an opportunity to acquire a monarch caterpillar from a fellow naturalist and jumped at … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring at Lake Jocassee, SC

Recently I had the opportunity to take a boat ride on Lake Jocassee in South Carolina as part of a Master Naturalist class.  The Loons were still around and naturally I was eager to capture these winter residents.  Until this … Continue reading

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