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Audubon in the Canebrake

We know John James Audubon because of his brilliant paintings of American birds, paintings based on his close observation of hundreds of species during the course of years of journeys covering the entire eastern half of the continent.  We know less about his manic energy, his incredible stamina, and his fondness for rather nasty practical […]

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With the Current: Journeys by Flatboat

When the first permanent European settlers arrived in the Nashville area in 1780, they came by flatboat down the Ohio River.  When Newit Drew and his family left, some 36 years later, they left in the same way.  Until the coming of the steamboats, flatboats were a primary means of transportation for emigrants traveling west […]

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Forest and Fire

One of the last small stands of the great longleaf pine forest that once covered 90 million acres, dominating the southern landscape from Virginia to Louisiana, survives at the Weymouth-Sandhills Nature Preserve in Moore County, North Carolina.  The forest is part of an amazingly rich and diverse ecosystem, home to 900 species that are found […]

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