From Wild Turkeys to White Oaks

by Joan Greene My natural instinct a few days before Thanksgiving 2020 is to write about wild turkeys. But just as I was into my third or fourth paragraph of waxing on about the Tennessee wild turkey population and signs of decline in certain counties, a colleague sent me an engaging blog about turkeys written

Landscaping with Native Plants

Landscaping with Native Plants . . . In the spring many of us think about cleaning out flower beds and planting native plants that brighten our landscape and provide for Tennessee wildlife.

Birds & Winter

by Joan Greene Baby, it is cold outside.  On winter days like today one becomes aware of the tenaciousness of birds. According to Bernd Heinrich in Cornell’s All About Birds blog, “They (birds) solve the winter survival problem in many ways, often by doing many things at once.  . . . The most simple formula:

Mosses in Winter

by Margie Hunter A good friend of mine who introduced me to the beauty of native plants in 1994, Paul Moore, has an alter ego — Moss Man. With patches of moss dangling from his head, he peers around the trunk of a tree sporting a big grin and wide eyes, a grown man totally

There is Nothing Common About Crows

by Joan Greene — Published 10.15.2020 — Tennessee Naturalist Program One early autumn a murder (flock) of crows took over the big oak tree next to my driveway out front. The scene was perfect, rich hues of fallen leaves covered the ground and an abundant crop of acorns lay scattered on the drive. That year

BioBlitz – An Intense Field Study

by Joan Greene According to Wikipedia: A BioBlitz, also written without capitals as bioblitz, is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Groups of scientists, naturalists and volunteers conduct the field study over a set period of time. On Saturday, September 12, 2020,

Welcome New TNP Chapters!

We are glad to welcome three new chapters to the Tennessee Naturalist Program Family!  Paris Landing State Park and the TN National Wildlife Refuge have partnered to create the 9th chapter to join us.  Classes will be held at both facilities starting this fall.  Discovery Park of America in Union City, in conjunction with UT

Support Ghost River SNA

There are several ongoing citizen science projects within the Ghost River State Natural Area including: -Willow-leaf Aster Surveys & Management:This endangered plant is currently know from only three west TN counties.  Identify the plant, search targeted areas, & assist in researching methods for population expansion. -King Rail Surveys:This elusive bird may be nesting in the

Wings of Winter Birding Festival

The Third Annual Wings of Winter Birding Festival, taking place January 24th-26th, 2020, is hosted by the Friends of Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge who partners with national and state agencies and organizations in the area. The Festival focuses on birds around the Kentucky and Barkley Lake area in western Tennessee and Kentucky. Dozens of volunteers

TN2 Course – Field Botany

Field botany is back!  This TNP sponsored 36-hour Field Botany course will span four weekends during the year in various Middle and East Tennessee locations.  Instruction will focus on field ID techniques through an introduction to plant morphology, botanical terms, and plant communities using various field guides, plant keys, and other resources.  Each weekend class