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  • A tiny turtle with orange patches on the side of its throat crawls through the grass
    A young bog turtle in an Appalachian bog. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    More bog turtles

    March 9, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings, and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature Podcast. The fruit of the day search for bog turtles was meager. A lone individual. The search also turned up a snapping turtle, a suspected bog turtle predator. In fact, one of the perils of feeling through mud and muck for bog turtles is that instead of grabbing a bog turtle you wrap your hand around part of a snapping turtle.  Learn more...

  • Four young turkeys walking down a gravel path.
    Wild turkeys. Photo by Tim Lenz, CC BY 2.0.

    Turkey hunting seminars

    March 9, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Transcript The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation are offering free turkey hunting seminars in Henderson County’s Mills River community on April 1st and 2nd in anticipation of the upcoming spring turkey season. The April 1st seminar will be an introduction to turkey hunting, designed for novice hunters or those who have never hunted turkey and would like to learn more. Topics will include biology, hunting methods, calls and decoys, firearms and ammo selection, camouflage clothing, and turkey cleaning and cooking techniques.  Learn more...

  • Pinkish red flowers burst from a tree.
    Dogwood in bloom. Photo by dalemcneill, CC BY-NC 2.0.

    Cherokee education project

    March 7, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. White oak, ramps, dogwood. All these are plants important to the Cherokee tradition, and the Forest Service has teamed with the Cherokee to expand scientific and cultural understanding of these plants and more on the part of Cherokee students. Working with staff at the Cherokee’s Snowbird Youth Center in Robbisnville, North Carolina, the Forest Service developed a learning module on culturally important plants for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.  Learn more...

  • Cougars in Tennessee

    March 1, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. No animal seems to get people as excited as cougars. Until recently, there haven’t been any cougars confirmed in Tennessee for decades, but the state of Tennessee recently confirmed four cougar sightings there, thanks to photos, video, and a hair sample which displayed genetics similar to cougars in South Dakota. The cougar is North America’s largest cat, with the common western cougar inhabiting Mexico and the American and Canadian west; the endangered Florida panther in the tip of Florida; and the now extinct eastern cougar once inhabiting the eastern United States.  Learn more...

  • A white, black and yellow caterpillar.
    Information icon Monarch caterpillar. Photo by Edward K. Boggess, USFWS.

    Monarch conservation

    February 23, 2016 | 1 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The monarch is probably America’s best known butterfly, and the subject of extensive conservation efforts as it has experienced a dramatic decline in recent years, to the point the Fish and Wildlife Service has been asked to place it on the endangered species list. Key to monarch conservation is milkweed. It’s the sole plant used by monarch caterpillars, thus essential for the monarch to complete its life cycle.  Learn more...

  • A huge bin of crushed ivory pieces.
    Crushing our ivory sends a message to ivory traffickers and their customers that the United States will not tolerate this illegal trade. Photo by Kate Miyamoto, USFWS.

    Turn in poachers

    February 22, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Poaching isn’t just about the illegal harvest of elephant tusks and rhino horns – it can be a serious issue here in the southern Appalachians, impacting game animals, hurting the chances of recovering endangered species, and affecting our ability to continue harvesting traditional forest products like ginseng. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has a new program to help cut animal poaching by rewarding members of the public who report suspicious activity or provide knowledge related to wildlife poaching that results in a conviction.  Learn more...

  • A tiny turtle in the palm of a hand.
    A tiny bog turtle. Photo by Rosie Walunas, USFWS.

    Bog turtles

    February 16, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. It’s a cold day, with snow falling, as a group of biologists hikes across a southern Appalachian bog. Biologist Sue Cameron has found a hole in the ground that looks promising. Standing in the mud, she rolls up her sleeve, gets down on her knees, and sticks her hand in the hole, hoping to find a bog turtle. She comes up empty handed – but this trip wasn’t intended as a turtle search and the turtle happens to be one of the rarest in the United States.  Learn more...

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