Inside The Tennessee Conservationist

May/June 2017

Featured Article:

Leave Those Wild Babies Alone!

By Bettina Bowers and Carolyn Pendarvis

During the spring and early summer, the well-intentioned public sometimes misunderstands about what action to take (or not take) involving the “rescue” of baby animals. Expert staff members at Walden’s Puddle Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center in Joelton weigh in on when to intervene - and when to let wild babies alone - in this featured article. By following a few tips, you can help Tennessee wild babies live their lives without human interference.

A juvenile Eastern Cottontail is perfectly camouflaged at the edge of the woods. Photo by Brenda Walker.

Tennessee State Parks' Girls Outdoors Workshop Gives Girls Outdoors Experiences

By Katie Wisniewski

In the Girls Outdoors Workshop hosted by Tennessee State Parks, young women participate in outdoor adventure activities like hiking, camping, birding, canoeing, rappelling, horseback riding and more. Participants also have the opportunity to interact with women who work in the field of science and outdoor recreation. In this article, Tennessee State Parks Interpretive Specialist Katie Wisniewski writes about the GO! workshop.

Tennessee State Parks Ranger Monica Johnson teaches rappelling to girls at Black Mountain. Photo by Heather Spiva.

Experience Stones River National Battlefield on a Ranger-Guided Bicycle Tour

By  Jeremy Childs

Many people seek outdoor activities for fun and exercise and look for variety in these activities. There’s a way you can obtain those fitness goals in the outdoors and learn more about history at the same time: by visiting Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro and going on a ranger-led bike tour. National Park Ranger Jeremy Childs, who has been at Stones River since 2012, writes about what you can see and experience in Rutherford County on a bike in this article.

Bike riders begin their tour at the Stones River National Battlefield visitor center on Old Nashville Highway in Murfreesboro. Photo courtesy of National Park Service.

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  • Jonesborough's Level 2 Arboretum
  • Discarded Food: Refuse or Resource?

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