A Closer Look At The Carolina Northern Flying Squirrel


October 24, 2016

Biologists head into the Balsam mountains to find signs of the Carolina Northern Flying Squirrel. (Photos courtesy of Gary Peeples)

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, winter is a time for poring over and analyzing the previous year's data, writing requisite reports, looking ahead to the next field season. For biologists who work with the Carolina northern flying squirrel, winter is a time to head to some of the coldest and harshest areas in our region, when they can more easily find the rare animal.

Cutting along the edge of Transylvania County, the spine o...

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