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Plants expected to produce unusually vibrant colors, due to the mild winter and rainy weather

Springtime in Western North Carolina displays a beautiful illustration of color that lasts throughout the Summer.

The plants and trees are beginning to produce flowers which display vibrant colors such as pink, yellow, red, purple, blue, gold, and orange, which will exhibit more color than usual, due to weather conditions.

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Five years ago, marine biologists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill proposed a theory that sea turtles and salmon use the Earth’s magnetic forces to find their way back to their birthplace after migrating across thousands of miles of open, featureless sea. Now, those same researchers have found a way to test that theory in salmon – and found it to be true.

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Western Carolina University’s new trail system is officially open and ready for bikers, hikers and runners. About 100 people turned out Saturday, Feb. 23, for an outdoor campus celebration to mark the trail’s formal opening.

The trail features 6.7 miles of narrow, single- track trail that Nick Bragg, a senior from Abingdon, Va., says is full of “flowy terrain, short burst climbs and wide smiles.”

“Most would say they love the view from the switchbacks, but I love the climb that starts with a bang right out of the parking lot,” said Bragg, who is majoring in engineering technology...

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This May, the second annual “Critter Crawl” kicks off at Grandfather Mountain. The 5K race begins in MacRae Meadows and ends at the top of Grandfather Mountain. All proceeds directly benefit upcoming renovations to the Grandfather Mountain eagle habitats.

 existing eagle habitats are currently vacant after longtime resident and oldest animal in the Grandfather Mountain Animal Habitats, Morely the golden eagle, passed away of natural causes on January 1.

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