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Spruce Being Restored In The Southern Appalachians

Thousands of red spruce trees sit in containers near Lake Toxaway. Nurtured from seed, they're awaiting out-planting, carrying with them biologists' hopes of restoring red spruce in the Southern...

 
 By Gary Peeples    Outdoors    June 5, 2017

The Rare & Endangered Bog Turtle - Brevard, NC

At first blush, it didn't seem like prime wildlife habitat. It was a cow pasture, with cows, and it was ringed by a barbed wire fence, with nary a deer track in site. But it was home to a very...

 

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee And Pollinator Conservation

The rusty-patched bumblebee is poised to become the first bumblebee ever placed on the U.S. endangered species list. Distinguished by a small, rust-colored patch on its back, the bumble bee's...

 

Looking Past The Drought

Save for the occasional weekend hike or fishing outing, many of us seldom think about the natural world. We are wrapped up in carpooling to baseball practice, helping with science projects, and...

 

A Closer Look At The Carolina Northern Flying Squirrel

The trailhead parking lot was filled with snow when the biologists pulled in. The trail was snow-covered, and the waterfall frozen, but the group trudged deeper into the forest. For many biologists, w...

 

Transylvania Waters: An Economic Foundation, A Conservation Legacy

Over the years we've watched as DuPont State Recreational Forest was created and the North Carolina Forest Service has dealt with growing crowds, drawn in part by waterfalls and swimming holes along...

 
 By Gary Peeples    Outdoors    June 13, 2016

Peregrine Falcon Population On The Rise

To the passing observer, the side of Panthertail Mountain was another massive rock face, not uncommon in Transylvania County, and part of the area's impressive scenery. However, to the crew set up...

 
 By Gary Peeples    Outdoors    April 4, 2016

Helping The Monarchs On Their Migration

If you keep a careful eye out, occasionally you'll see a Monarch butterfly. Up in the air, well above most people's gaze, the Monarch flits along in a seemingly erratic flight, though it is very much...

 

Pitcher Plants

There is a bog northeast of Brevard, owned by a private landowner dedicated to its conservation, that is renowned among biologists for its abundant poison sumac, which frequently causes visitors to su...

 

Southern Appalachian Mountain Bogs

They aren't the most majestic lands. They don't offer the most spectacular views. They're muddy. Home to poison sumac and snapping turtles. And they are some of the rarest places on the American lands...

 

North Carolina Bats And The Threat Of White Nose

One night this summer, just before dusk, a team of biologists gathered on the banks of the Davidson River by the fish hatchery. However, they weren't there for the river's trout or the hellbender...

 

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