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Discover Natural Transylvania is a monthly program series at the Transylvania County Library exploring the place where we live, work, and play. Presenters include experts in the fields of ecology, biology, geology, flora, fauna, outdoor recreation, and more. The programs are on the first Thursday evening of most months at 6:30 pm in the Rogow Room. Each program lasts approximately one hour. Light refreshments are provided. These free programs are supported by the Friends of the Library.
Thursday, February 7 — “Mountain Weather” with Jared Rennie, Research Meteorologist
Did you know the wettest (Lake Toxaway) and driest (Asheville) parts of North Carolina are only 50 miles apart? Why is this the case, and why should people in Western North Carolina care? These types of questions are being answered by meteorologists who live in Western North Carolina. Their job is not to give a 7-day forecast, but rather look back in time and try to analyze trends in weather information. Join meteorologist, Jared Rennie to learn more about this process.
Rennie is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist at the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies (NCICS), in Asheville, North Carolina. He works inside NOAAs National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), who are tasked with archiving all the world’s weather and climate data right here in Western North Carolina.
Thursday, February 14 — “Climate Stories NC”
The Transylvania County Library and Transylvania Natural Resources Council present Climate Stories NC featuring several short films and a follow-up conversation. Climate Stories NC is a film series that captures the voices of North Carolinians whose lives have been affected by changes in the climate. Film director, David Salvesen will introduce the project and answer question during the discussion period
Thursday, March 7 — “The Skunks of North Carolina” with Alan Cameron, NC Wildlife Resources Volunteer
Alan Cameron in a long time volunteer with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources and a member of the Friends of DuPont Forest. He was the presenter for our popular “Wildlife in Transylvania County” series in 2017 featuring Critter Cameras used in DuPont State Forest.
Cameron will discuss the seven varieties of skunks worldwide and feature the Eastern Spotted Skunks. His game camera pictures of the Eastern Spotted Skunk in Henderson County are the first recorded there. He has had great success photographing them in DuPont State Forest during the past year.
Thursday, April 4 — “Code Blue: Water in the Mountains”
This film by David Weintraub, Executive Director of the Center for Cultural Preservation documents the green value of protecting our mountain watersheds. A discussion and Q/A following the film will include Hartwell Carson, French Broad Riverkeeper, Mountain True; Regina Goldkuhl, Water Quality Administrator, Mountain True; and Brett Laverty, Hydrogeologist, NC Department of Environmental Quality.