Our Mission

The Balsam Mountain Trust inspires people to be responsible stewards of the natural and cultural resources of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains through education and conservation leadership.

Upcoming Events

  • Crooning Critters @ Jackson County Library

    July 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Join Balsam Mountain Trust and their live animal ambassadors to explore the world of animal squeaks, squawks, and howls. We’ll explore how and why animals make their music and then try out a few screeches and squeals of our own! This free family event is part of the “Libraries ROCK!” summer re...

  • Birds of Prey @ Canton Library

    July 25 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Balsam Mountain Trust’s Executive Director, Michael Skinner, will be onsite with a live bird of prey demonstration to teach about the importance and beauty of these magnificent raptors. This family program is free and provided by the Haywood County Friends of the Library.


Balsam Mountain Trust
Balsam Mountain TrustTuesday, July 17th, 2018 at 2:30am
Isn't nature amazing?! With that in mind, one of my favorite groups of living things are the robber flies (Family: Asilidae). Not only are they amazing predators, with amazing eyesight, they are also incredible mimics (of the Batesian form). This is Laphria but not sure if it's thoracica or macquarti. Any thoughts? What's also really cool is that I caught him [and I think it's a guy because of the yellow color of the inter-ocular hairs (between the eyes)] with his lunch, which is a Japanese beetle (Popillio japonica) with my iPhoneX. I didn't think I was going to be able to get close enough before he spooked. Stealth and a slow pace were key. Enjoy!

Interesting Facts

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$ Raised for Trust Conservation Grant

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Residents of Balsam Mountain Preserve have exclusive access to Trust events and BMP trails. Check out the Preserve’s site for sales information.