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Clarksville’s Dunbar Cave State Park Programs for December 8th through December 14th, 2014

 

Dunbar Cave State Park - Clarksville TNClarksville, TNDunbar Cave State Natural Area has been a State Park since 1973. The cave and its surrounding 110 acres have considerable scenic, natural and historical significance. The entrance offered shelter to prehistoric Native Americans as far back as 10,000 years.

Dunbar Cave State Natural Area will present many nature programs this summer. There are programs for children and adults.

Some of the upcoming events include: Port Royal Bird Hike, Nature Hike for Kids, Dunbar Cave History, Port Royal History Walk Nature Hike for Kids and Winter Bird Hike.

Dunbar Cave State Park.

Dunbar Cave State Park.

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APSU designated as a Certified Wildlife Habitat

 

Austin Peay State University

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University campus isn’t simply a home for some 11,000 students. Squirrels, rabbits, birds and a few feral cats have also taken up residence in the bushes and trees surrounding the red brick, Georgian-style buildings.

They come here because of the abundance of food, water and shelter, but they stay because the campus offers these creatures a safe place to raise their young.

APSU painter Rickey Denton holds a ladder while APSU graduate student Deanna Carter hangs a birdhouse on campus. Dr. Dewey Browder, chair of the APSU Department of History and Philosophy, instructs her where to hang it. (Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU staff).

APSU painter Rickey Denton holds a ladder while APSU graduate student Deanna Carter hangs a birdhouse on campus. Dr. Dewey Browder, chair of the APSU Department of History and Philosophy, instructs her where to hang it. (Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU staff).

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Land Between The Lakes 2012-2013 Archery Season

 

Land Between the LakesGolden Pond, KY – The Kentucky portion of Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area archery deer season opened Saturday, September 1st, 2012, and runs through Monday, January 21st, 2013. The only exception is for quota hunt days and the day immediately before each quota hunt.

The quota hunt days for the Kentucky portion are October 27th-28th and November 17th-18th. The archery season for the Tennessee portion is September 22nd to January 6th. The quota hunt days for the Tennessee portion are October 20th-21st, November 9th-10th, and November 24th-25th. «Read the rest of this article»

 


Land Between the Lakes 2011 Archery Season

 

Land Between the LakesGolden Pond, KY – Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area deer archery season is open Saturday, September 24th, 2011 through January 16th, 2012. The only exception is for quota hunt days and the day immediately before each quota hunt. 

The quota hunt days for the Tennessee portion are October 15th-16th, November 11th-12th, and November 26th-27th. The quota hunt days for the Kentucky portion are October 29th-30th and November 19th-20th.

Deer hunting provides a unique recreational opportunity within the LBL region and helps maintain a healthy deer population.  LBL invites visitors to hone their archery skills on the archery practice range and field archery range trail at the Golden Pond Target Range.  The range is located just off US68/KY80 and is open from dawn to dusk on a first-come, first-served basis. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Groundhog: the next surge of infiltrators

 

Moving into the woods creates a different perspective on dealing with animals. We are now on their turf. We are the intruders.

My battle with the squirrels has been well documented. Currently, I have held the sunflower seed bandits at bay with metal cable instead of 550 cord to hoist the bird feeders. Who knows how long that will keep them bewildered. I am certain I have only bought time with that one, not won the war.

Now, it is the cute little ground hog that has become a militant. The little guy harmlessly enjoyed our clover for several weeks. He would work his way through the yard enjoying a mouthful of clover every few steps along the way.

Apparently, while I was out of the country, he surmised that moving in would be significantly more convenient. «Read the rest of this article»

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“Mission Accomplished” is too bold

 

My post about my squirrel war has drawn more interest than any other topic. Some people are empathetic. Some are curious. Some just have it out for the squirrels.

I considered providing an update earlier. However, it would have been in line with standing on the deck of an aircraft carrier with a huge banner declaring “Mission Accomplished.” It would have been a serious misinterpretation of the situation.

When you invade the enemy’s homeland, I’m not sure you can ever be so bold as to declare “Mission Accomplished.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Dunbar Cave State Natural Area Programs for July 10th through July 16th

 

Clarksville, TNDunbar Cave State Natural Area has been a State Park since 1973. The cave and its surrounding 110 acres have considerable scenic, natural and historical significance. The entrance offered shelter to prehistoric Native Americans as far back as 10,000 years.

Dunbar Cave State Natural Area will present many nature programs this summer.

Upcoming events include: Evening Trail Hike, Fossil Fun, Bugs Slugs and Other Uugs, Fun with Bats and so much more!

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Invaders, patriots and entitlements

 
Frank White

Frank White

A basic principle of war is that a combatant will fight most fiercely when protecting his home. Failure to weigh that axiom has depleted many powers over the centuries.

When building a house last year, we positioned it so that it was enveloped by the trees. We believed we were staking our claim and had the registered deed to prove it.

The natives, however, saw things differently. They had been there for generations and we were invading their home.

We were somewhat benevolent as we provided provisions for the natives through the winter and into the spring. The natives began to see our provisions as entitlements as summer came on. Why should they labor when adequate resources were provided?

When efforts were made to regulate the supply and monitor the recipients, things turned ugly. «Read the rest of this article»

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