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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!
Peace on the Water
On the western edge of Lake Jocassee, lichen-crested rock rises sharply out of heath thickets and sourwood woods. Down where rock meets water, kayakers drift, unhurried, paddles dipping rhythmically into man-made lake. Close to the shore they hear bumblebees browsing spectacular rhododendron flowers. They listen for the song of hidden waterfalls. They exclaim at the dipping flight of belted kingfishers, or a juvenile bald eagle gliding overhead. Let the noisy motorboats zoom to the north end of the lake and jockey for position at waterfalls on this busy Fourth of July weekend. Leave the western edge to the peaceful paddlers, and the eagles. ~K
Enjoy traditional Blue Grass music as local musicians gather at Table Rock Lodge to keep this inspirational talent alive. Visitors are invited to bring their acoustic instruments and join in a jam session or simply sit back to enjoy the music with the lake and mountains as a beautiful backdrop.
The survey involves agency wildlife biologists, technicians, and conservation officers, as well as many volunteers from other natural resource agencies and the general public in order to estimate reproduction and recruitment of wild turkeys in South Carolina.
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, Virginia, Pennsylvannia, New York, Rhode Island.
Have you ever heard the song of a bald eagle? If not, you’ll find it quite a surprise. I was sitting at the remote ramp at Devils Fork SP one early morning this week, listening to the earth awake, watching the lake become illuminated. A quiet chirp type bird sound came from the deep woods of the cove next to the ramp, a bird sound I wasn’t used to hearing there. I turned on my Merlin app, the absolute best tool to have when trying to identify birds by their songs or calls, and up pops bald eagle! Well, that’s about ridiculous, I said to myself. It sounds like some small woodland wren or sparrow. Then, out from the cove flies a mature bald eagle. The biggest, most ferocious raptor in the eastern U.S! Listen to the sound clip here. You won’t believe your ears. ~B
Recovering America's Wildlife Act (RAWA) seeks to dedicate $1.3 billion in existing revenue from mineral and energy development on federal lands to the conservation of America's wildlife, fisheries and habitats. Under the Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program, monies would be allocated directly to the states to manage our nation's threatened and endangered species and the natural areas they call home. South Carolina would be eligible for over $15 million annually in additional funding to implement our State Wildlife Action Plan. Currently our state receives approximately $650,000 a year for these efforts. Present funding is insufficient to successfully conserve and managed the over 800 identified species of conservation concern in South Carolina. Read more here!
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.