Digging new pools: How an experiment on Georgia granite mountains is increasing endangered and threatened plants
May 22, 2017 | 5 minute read
Since 2007, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Georgia ecological services office started counting the tiny green plants that can only be found in vernal pools on granite outcrops during the rainy season from December through March and during mid-summer rain events. (Vernal pools are temporary pools of water that provide habitat for distinctive plants and animals.) Stone Mountain, Arabia Mountain and Heggie’s Rock, all in Georgia, are granite outcrops. Because they are protected, they are some of the only granite outcrops where rare endemic green plants, such as the federally-listed black-spored quillwort, mat-forming quillwort, and pool sprite, can still be found. Learn more...
May 22, 2017 | 2 minute read
For the past 35 years, Charleston, South Carolina, has gone wild during the month of February. In what has become known as the largest event of its kind in the nation, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition never fails to disappoint. The three-day art and wildlife exposition exceeded attendance records this year with over 43,000 attendees. Chris Hernandez, South Carolina Field Office’s Coastal Program Biologist, with Penny, the corn snake. Learn more...
March 24, 2017 | 6 minute read
Tifton, Georgia – There isn’t a military base for 50 miles, but the Army plays a critical role at the Alapaha River Wildlife Management Area. A first-in-the-nation conservation plan, crafted by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and wildlife agencies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, protects at-risk gopher tortoises here while helping military bases to continue training and testing missions across the tortoise’s Southern turf. Learn more...
November 28, 2016 | 2 minute read
June 8, 2016, was an exciting day at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge when the Avian Research and Conservation Institute captured a swallow-tailed kite, now known as “Panther”, and fitted him with a GPS tracking transmitter funded by Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge. Panther has given collaborators the opportunity to follow his travels from refuge nesting grounds, more than 600 miles up to South Carolina, then back down to cross the Gulf of Mexico and the Andes for southbound migration. Learn more...
October 31, 2016 | 5 minute read
Gary Jordan is really looking forward to tonight. His gear is ready. The headlamp has fresh batteries, his gloves are packed, and the new net is loaded in the back of his truck. Gary is a biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Raleigh, North Carolina, and he will be looking for bats. He’ll drive a little more than two hours from Raleigh to the Coastal Plain. Once there, he’ll meet up with private consultants working as contractors. Learn more...
April 22, 2011 | 4 minute read
Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina serves as a living laboratory for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to study the impacts of rising sea levels on coastal wildlife and habitats. Learn more...