Haywood Community College’s Wildlife Club and Natural Resources Division will host Mountain Wildlife and Wilderness Day on Saturday, November 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the auditorium. Educators, environmental groups, and students who have an interest in outdoor education are invited to attend. In addition, the free day long event is open to the general public in Western North Carolina with a variety of programs including activities for school age children. 

A wide range of presentations and exhibits will be headlined by "Save Our American Raptors," a professional demonstration by John and Dale Stokes who bring their raptors for an educational and dramatic "flying exhibit."

In addition, Bob Caldwell of WLOS's "Outdoors with Bob Caldwell" will emcee the program and give an overview of his wide experiences in "Outdoor Living." Joel and Kathy Zachry, owners and guides for "Great Outdoor Adventure Travel," will share their experiences and tips on hiking. They recently completed the 2.175 Appalachian Trail and have conducted 18 trips to Alaska. The Zachry's have a keen interest in wildlife and will relate stories on "How to Avoid Dangerous Encounters with Bears, Wolves, Boars and More." 

One of the top bear experts in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Bill Stiver will present information on the changing role and history of the Black Bear in the mountains. Stiver is a biologist with the park and will be available to discuss volunteer opportunities, internships and employment in the GSMNP, as well as black bear stories.

Smoky Mountain News will be recognized along with editor, Scott McLeod, for their contribution to preserving the outdoors in Western North Carolina and their significant and long standing service to the preservation of mountain living.

For more information about Mountain Wildlife and Wilderness Day, please contact Jenny Carver at (828) 627-4560 or jcarver@haywood.edu; Dave Dudek at (828) 627-4564 or ddudek@haywood.edu ; or John Edwards, Event Coordinator at (864) 934-1935.