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  • An adult bald eagle soars in front of a bright blue sky
    A bald eagle in flight at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Tom Koerner, USFWS.

    Eagle shooting

    February 16, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Transcript The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating the shooting of an bald eagle in east Tennessee. A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible for wounding the eagle. The eagle was discovered around last Thanksgiving in Monroe County, southwest of Knoxville, at the intersection of Mt. Pleasant Road and Citico Road.  Learn more...

  • An orange and black butterfly perched on a purple flower.
    Monarch butterfly. Photo by Tim Lenz, CC BY 2.0.

    Monarch conservation fund

    February 16, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Transcript While monarch butterflies are found across the United States — as recently as 1996 numbering some 1 billion — their numbers have declined by approximately 90 percent in recent years, a result of numerous threats. Recently, the Fish and Wildlife Service joined the National Wildlife Federation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in launching a campaign aimed at saving the declining butterfly. A significant part of the effort is simply to engage people to protect and restore monarch habitat here in the United States – especially planting native milkweed and nectar plants, the butterfly’s primary food sources in breeding and migration habitats.  Learn more...

  • A black white and orange snake with red eyes coiled on fallen leaves.
    Short-tailed snake. Photo by FWC.

    Snake fungal disease

    February 15, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Many people have heard about white-nose syndrome, the fungal disease responsible for killing more than a million bats in the eastern United States that has left biologists, researchers, and land managers scrambling to halt its spread and reverse the damage done – an effort still very much under way, and far, far from completion. While perhaps the most well-known wildlife disease, it certainly isn’t the only disease issue facing our animals.  Learn more...

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

    Turkey hunting seminars

    February 8, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation are offering free turkey hunting seminars across North Carolina in March and April in anticipation of the spring turkey season. Introductory and advanced seminars are available on a first-come, first-serve basis to all ages, although participants 16 years and younger will need parental permission to register. Introductory seminars are designed for novice turkey hunters or those who have never hunted turkey.  Learn more...

  • A microscopic algae shown under a microscope.
    Information icon Didymosphenia geminata under a microscope. MUSE [CC BY-SA 3.0](, via Wikimedia Commons.


    February 1, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Researchers recently found a nuisance algae in Jackson County’s Tuckasegee River, prompting calls for anglers to be especially diligent when cleaning fishing equipment. Didymo, also called rock snot, can produce algal mats along stream bottoms so thick that they alter habitats and make fishing difficult. Researchers from Tennessee Tech University collected cells of the algae in 2015 — the first time it has been documented in North Carolina.  Learn more...

  • A NC biologist holding a sicklefin redhorse on a river bank in front of a hydroelectric dam.
    North Carolina biologist TR Russ holding an sicklefin redhorse. Photo by Mark Cantrell, USFWS.

    Sicklefin redhorse

    January 25, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Power companies, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and state and federal agencies have come together to conserve the sicklefin redhorse, a fish found in only six Appalachian counties worldwide and being considered for the federal endangered species list. Triggered by the 1992 observations of Roanoke College’s Robert Jenkins, the sicklefin redhorse was only recently discovered to be a distinct species.  Learn more...

  • A white fuzz developing along the stems of a pine tree.
    Hemlock woolly adelgid, an exotic insect pest. Photo by Nicholas A. Tonelli, CC BY 2.0.

    Hemlock woolly adelgid predator beatles released

    January 19, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. As part of the ongoing effort to combat the hemlock woolly adelgid in the Southern Appalachians, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission recently released predator beetles into Buncombe County’s Sandy Mush Game Lands. The hemlock woolly adelgid is an Asian insect, accidently introduced to the United States, which attacks and kills our native hemlock trees. There are a couple of methods to counter the adeligd – the first is chemically treating individual trees.  Learn more...

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