Contact the Nature Center
M. Patrick Brannon, Head Naturalist
The Highlands Nature Center is currently closed for the season, except for school outreach programming.
It will re-open to the general public in May 2014. Botanical Garden trails remain open every day.
- Brannon, M. P. and L. B. Bargelt. 2013. Discarded bottles as a mortality threat to shrews and other small mammals in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science 129(3):126-129. (pdf)
- Brannon, M. P., M. A. Burt, D. M. Bost, and M. C. Caswell. 2010. Discarded bottles as a source of shrew species distributional data along an elevational gradient in the southern Appalachians. Southeastern Naturalist 9(4):781-794. (pdf)
- Brannon, M.P. 2009. An additional record of the least shrew, Cryptotis parva, from Macon County, North Carolina. Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science 125 (2):85-86. (pdf)
- Brannon, M.P., and B.A. Purvis. 2008. Effects of sedimentation on the diversity of salamanders in a southern Appalachian headwater stream. Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science 124 (1):18-22. (pdf)
- Brannon, M.P. 2006. Natural history notes: Bufo a. americanus (Eastern American Toad) leucism. Herpetological Review 37(3):333-334.
- Brannon, M.P. 2005. Distribution and microhabitat of the woodland jumping mouse, Napaeozapus insignis, and the white-footed mouse, Peromyscus leucopus, in the southern Appalachians. Southeastern Naturalist 4 (3):479-486. (pdf)
- Brannon, M.P., and S.R. Rogers. 2005. Effects of canopy thinning by hemlock woolly adelgids on the local abundance of terrestrial salamanders. Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science 121 (4):151-156. (pdf)
- Brannon, M.P. 2002. Distribution of Sorex cinereus and S. fumeus on north- and south-facing slopes in the southern Appalachian mountains. Southeastern Naturalist 1(3): 299-306. (pdf)
- Brannon, M.P. 2002. Epigeal movement of the smoky shrew (Sorex fumeus) following precipitation in ridgetop and streamside habitats. Acta Theriologica 47 (3): 363-368. (pdf)
- Brannon, M.P., N.D. Moncrief, and R.D. Dueser. 2001. New records of reptiles from the Virginia barrier islands.Banisteria 18:42-43.
- Brannon, M.P. 2000. Niche relationships of two syntopic species of shrews, Sorex fumeus and S. cinereus, in the southern Appalachian mountains. Journal of Mammalogy 81(4): 1053-1061.
- Petranka, J.W., M.P. Brannon, M.E. Hopey, and C.K. Smith. 1994. Effects of timber harvesting on low elevation populations of southern Appalachian salamanders. Forest Ecology and Management 67:135-147.