Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Whites Creek Palooza 6-28-2014

We badly need folks to confirm they are coming by replying to this email stevescarb@aol.com or donating $25 per person at www.ConservationFisheries.org.

Folks, we will be in a wilderness area with all the beauty and dangers that go along with that. You assume all risk for yourself and your wards.

We suggest you dress appropriately for playing in a creek. Water shoes are strongly suggested. You might also want to bring a folding chair. We will have several but not enough for everybody. Mosquitos and no-see-ums are not bad this year but we do have them, in case you want to bring insect repellent. We'll have citronella torches going at Whites Creek Global Headquarters.

Directions to this awesome event are down below in the first COMMENT.

Parking is an issue so car pool where you can. We will try to have parking Nazis to help you but in any case, bring your small car pack it in tight.

There's always parking on the paved road for those who want to walk up to the house. We can shuttle those who want it.

Folks, we have just received word that we will have kegs at Palooza. An additional donation is suggested for those who are of legal age who wish to enjoy some excellent brews. 

Joe and Rita sent this photo of their mosaic to be auctioned off. We have lots of other cool art that you'll have a chance to buy. We'll take your check and probably your credit card.


Know someone who shares our goals and want to invite them? Let us know and we'll work them in if we have room.

This is going to be a good one, folks.

In benefit for the good folks at Conservation Fisheries we will gather for a fun time in Whites Creek Gorge, a 164 acre conservation easement along the creek in Roane County, Tn. (Also our yard) We conduct a serious biological survey during this event that is BYOB. (Actually we do).  While we encourage you to BYOB, we should have some beverages (donations accepted).

We spend as much time at the creek as we can after noon. Supper will be at 7 P.M. at the house. The Rough and Tumble (Freakin' Awesome singers and songwriters) will play for us.  The auction will be at 8 P.M.ish  The official end of things is 9 ish. Some camping is available if you let us know ahead of time.

Got children? We'll work with you on price for them. (Depends on how much they eat ; )


So, Paloozers, Are you ready to party for the fishies?

First off check out Conservation Fisheries and see what good work they do for the environs of Tennessee and the natural diversity of our streams. Then put on your party hat and get out your wallet. Now unlike many fundraisers we think we have an event that's worth way more than the $25 per person, with guided snorkel trips at  3:00, and 4:00. Unguided snorkel trips are continuous. We're seeing a few big gar this year and there's never a shortage of drum, red horse, and small mouth bass, but it's the small and beautiful darters and shiners that really show off Tennessee diversity in the nearly crystal clear Whites Creek. We'll swim with the fish, eat some good food, and listen to some great music and raise a little money for a group on the forefront of saving Tennessee's fish diversity.

Home base will be Whites Creek Global Headquarters
. We'll spend the afternoon at the creek and return to the house for supper and music. We don't provide lunch so take care of that and bring snacks if you want them. Supper will be somewhere around 7 with the auction (several items you might really need in your collection!) and music getting underway at 7. The Whites Creek Jug Band may possibly make a late appearance and play us into the night. The evening will officially end at nine. We have primitive camping available if you let us know ahead of time. 

 We have a limited number of tickets and encourage everyone to buy them as soon as you can so we can keep track of the crowd size. To reserve your ticket go to Conservation Fisheries and click the DONATE button and follow directions. Enter an amount of at least $25 per ticket. Put "Whites Creek" in the comment box. Don't want to use a credit card? Email me and we'll take your cash at the door.

Can't make it this time but still want to show your love for the work these people do?. Go to the Conservation Fisheries web site and donate what you can. We'll forgive your absence and keep you on the mail list for next time and you'll get that warm fuzzy feeling that comes with doing good a good thing.


Legal stuff: This is a natural area with all its beauty and danger and you and yours agree by attending  to assume all risk, holding everyone else harmless. 
The rarish Diana Fritilary butterfly emerged today. Folks who are interested should be able to see them in the yard.
Here are pictures from the Whites Creek Conservation Easement album. That should get you ready.

Steve and Annie

 Legal stuff: This is a natural area with all its beauty and danger and you and yours agree by attending to assume all risk, holding everyone else harmless. 

Steve Scarborough (Charles S)
865-354-4363 home/office
865-603-6981 cell

Saturday, May 10, 2014


This little guy found a hideout in plain sight on the water faucet. I certainly didn't notice him until I reached for the handle. 
Copes tree frog.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cat Bird in the Garden

Every year brings surprises in Whites Creek Gorge. It is most likely that we just notice things anew that have been here all along, but bird behavior is a volatile thing, adjusts for weather conditions from year to year. I saw my first black throated blue warbler yesterday, comfirmed by a friend who also saw her first in her yard a few miles away. I had no chance for a picture of the black throated blue nor the black throated green warbler I saw a bit later. The yellow throats are regulars at the suet feeder along with the pine warblers. Habitat means everything to a bird species. New this year are the brown thrashers and the cat bird. It's not that they are uncommon elsewhere but that they tend toward scrub thickets and transitional areas. They don't hang out in deep forest all that much and that's what we have around the house. A pair f thrashers seems to have taken up in the brush pile that didn't get burned by our small field and a cat bird has discovered the raised beds in the garden.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Yellow Throated Warbler (Update)

I think this is the most beautiful bird in the gorge. This one is fluffed up a bit, but when they slick everything back and display for the girls it can be amazing. I watched one collect dandelion fluff for the nest. Indescribable and awesome!

A good friend came over to take a bird walk yesterday, but they chose to be nearly silent during our hike. We sat by the creek and listened to some obvious old friends, kingfisher, cardinal, and finally a black throated green warbler. As we were heading back we heard a call that was familiar to me but that I had no idea of its source. I have been refering to it as the "chewy-chewy" bird because the last two bits of the call sound like "chewy-chewy" to me. Guess what? Click here to listen! Scroll down to see the song button. Does that sound like the chewy-chewy bird to you?

Monday, April 14, 2014

False Rue Anemone

I wish the folks who named this pretty little wildflower had thought it worthy of having it's own name. I've noticed the small patch for several springs but somehow never got around to looking it up to see what it is. Rue anemone is certainly the more ubiquitous wildflower and is popping out in all its glory all over our woods. As far as I have been able to see, the false rue is limited to one small wetland patch beside a hemlock grove. It is listed as endangered in Florida but seems to be hanging on in most of the Eastern USA. It isn't rare but it isn't everywhere, either. It's listed as "occasional", whatever that means. Our camera died at the exact instant I tred to photograph it so here's the shot from the USDA: Here's the link Go for a walk and look aroound. This is a beautiful time.