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  • A mussel with fringe around its opening partially burried in the sand on the river bottom.

    Endangered mussel making a comeback in the French Broad River

    March 22, 2018 | 5 minute readAsheville, North Carolina — In 1834, a freshwater mussel collected near the convergence of the Swannanoa and French Broad Rivers was recognized as a new species – the Appalachian elktoe. Eighty years later, Carnegie Museum curator and University of Pittsburg professor Arnold Ortman couldn’t find any elktoes in the French Broad River, attributing his failure to polluted water. Biologists search for Appalachian elktoes in the Mills River. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS. Learn more...

    Appalachian elktoe in the Little River Translyvania County NC. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

News

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    2016 National and Regional Recovery Champions

    May 19, 2017 | 8 minute readOn Endangered Species Day, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region celebrates the contributions and achievements of our nationally recognized Recovery Champions and regionally recognized Recovery Champions. These dedicated individuals have devoted themselves to recovering endangered and threatened animals and plants, and the Service is grateful for their hard work. 2016 National Recovery Champions Chris Lucash, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chris Lucash in the field monitoring for red wolves. Read the full story...

    Smooth Purple Coneflower, Echinacea laevigata. Photo by Suzanne Cadwell, CC BY-NC 2.0.

  • Heavy equipment works away at a decrepit concrete dam.

    Cane river dam removal

    April 13, 2017 | 3 minute readIn the fall of 2016, the final piece of concrete was removed from the Cane River Dam, in North Carolina’s Yancey County, completing a process started eight years earlier. Built in the early 20th century, it’s hydropower generating house once provided all the electricity used in the county, but decades ago it was damaged, fell into disrepair, and has deteriorated ever since. The Cane River is home to the endangered Appalachian elktoe mussel, making it a priority area for U. Read the full story...

    Cane River dam removal in process.

Podcasts

  • Tall stems extending from the forest floor give way to bright white dangling flowers.

    North Carolina receives bog conservation grant

    August 24, 2015 | 2 minute readTranscript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced 37.2 million dollars in grants to 20 states to support the conservation of threatened and endangered species across the nation, and a portion of that money is coming to the southern Appalachians. The North Carolina Plant Conservation Program is receiving more than $41,000 to help acquire seven Henderson County acres that are home to an endangered and a threatened plant. Learn more...

    White fringeless orchid. Photo by USFWS.

  • Mussels being cultivated in the lab

    North Carolinas Conservation Aquaculture Center

    June 2, 2014 | 2 minute readTranscript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. It’s a non-descript metal building in a compound tucked on the edge of Marion, North Carolina. From the outside, it looks like just another small warehouse. However, step inside and it’s clear you’re in no warehouse. This is the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s Conservation Aquaculture Center. Inside, the hum of water pumps fills the air, and you see shelves filled with water basins and a network of PVC pipes moving water through them. Learn more...

    Lampsilis mussels at the NCWRC’s Conservation Aquaculture Center. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

  • A group of children runs through shallow water with a net in the foreground.

    Economic impact of the Partners for Fish and Wildlife program

    May 26, 2014 | 2 minute readTranscript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. We all stood on the bank of Mitchell County’s North Toe River, watching as the track hoe chipped away at the old, decrepit Spruce-Pine dam. Removing the crumbling dam allowed fish to move upstream and take advantage of that habitat, and removed a safety hazard for local paddlers. The dam’s removal was paid for in part by Partners for Fish and Wildlife, a program of the U. Learn more...

    Collecting fish in the North Toe River. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

  • A mussel with fringe around its opening partially burried in the sand on the river bottom.

    Reviewing the status of endangered plants and animals

    March 3, 2014 | 2 minute readTranscript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The Appalachian elktoe is a an endangered freshwater mussel found in a handful of Western North Carolina Rivers, and in a sliver of the Nolichucky River in East Tennessee. For years the plight of the elktoe looked to be improving. The Cheoah River population was expanding thanks to the return of water previously piped overland to a power generating station. Learn more...

    Appalachian elktoe in the Little River Translyvania County NC. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

  • A hand holding two orange/black mussels with gold plates with an identifying number.

    Appalachian elktoe conservation

    February 13, 2013 | 2 minute readTranscript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, and to celebrate, we’re taking a closer look at some of the endangered species found in the Southern Appalachians. In a building at a state fish hatchery in Marion, North Carolina are a series of tubs with an elaborate piping network leading in and out. Within these tubs the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is working to rear some of North Carolina’s most endangered freshwater mussels in captivity, including the Appalachian elktoe mussel. Learn more...

    Appalachian elktoe from the Cane River. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

  • A hand holding two orange/black mussels with gold plates with an identifying number.

    Rearing Appalachian elktoes in captivity

    March 28, 2012 | 2 minute readTranscript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. A standard tool for biologists working to recover endangered species is either breeding rare plants or animals in captivity or raising them in captivity to increase their likelihood of survival. This can be quite complicated, as it involves plants or animals that are extremely rare, and for which we know little about their life cycles. In the shadow of the Whittier, North Carolina post office, state and federal biologists searched the bottom of the Tuckasegee River for Appalachian elktoe mussels. Learn more...

    Appalachian elktoe from the Cane River. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

  • A piece of heavy machinery deconstructs a small dam.

    Rebirth of the Tuckasegee River

    March 14, 2012 | 2 minute readTranscript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. This tiny olive dater is a fish is rare enough to get the attention of state and federal wildlife biologists, so any help it gets is welcome. The fish had never been found upstream of Dillsboro Dam in North Carolina’s Tuckasegee River. However, that dam was removed two years ago, and biologists have since discovered one of the darters upstream of the former dam site, hopefully expanding a range previously limited by a massive stone wall. Learn more...

    A trackhoe begins the work of demolishing Dillsboro Dam. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

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