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The Zahner Lecture Series, held every summer, has been a tradition of the Highlands Biological Station for decades. This summer, the Highlands Biological Foundation is introducing new events and programs to the Thursday series in addition to our traditional Zahner Lectures – such as workshops, family events, and guided interpretive hikes - that focus on the beauty and biodiversity of the Highlands Plateau.

“Think About Thursdays” will kick-off on June 2, at 6 p.m. with “Salamander Soiree.” The event will feature a reception and games, followed by a brief lecture about salamanders.

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Farmers and ranchers transitioning to organic as well as established organic producers have another opportunity to apply for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative funding to assist their organic efforts. The deadline for this application period is May 20, 2011.

The USDA recently announced that they will, for the third consecutive year, invest $50 million in funding for the EQIP Organic Initiative, which provides a 75% share of the cost of implementing organic conservation measures to those who qualify - 90% for beginning, limitedresource and socially-disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.

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The North Carolina Wildlife Federation is accepting nominations through May 31, 2011 for Conservation Achievement Awards.

These awards honor individuals, governmental bodies, associations and others who have exhibited an unwavering commitment to conservation in North Carolina. By recognizing, publicizing and honoring these conservation leaders — young and old, professional and volunteer — the North Carolina Wildlife Federation hopes to inspire all North Carolinians to take a more active role in protecting the natural resources of our state.

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— Wednesday and Thursday, June 22-23 Eco Tour: Roan Mountain Overnight. Join Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust on their first-ever overnight expedition to Roan Mountain to witness the famed Catawba Rhodos. For detail, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (828) 526.1111.

— Tuesday, June 28, 7 p.m., Cashiers: “Hunters of the Sky.” Learn about majestic local raptors and witness them in flight at this hands-on presentation, presented by Michael Skinner of Balsam Preserve. Everyone is welcome, no reservations necessary. To learn more, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (828) 526-1111.

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