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

    Power companies, tribe, agencies take steps to save rare fish

    February 23, 2016 | 4 minute read

    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. The sicklefin redhorse is found in Jackson, Macon, Swain, Clay, and Cherokee counties, North Carolina; and Towns County, Georgia. It was only recently discovered to be a distinct species, triggered by the 1992 observations of Roanoke College’s Robert Jenkins.  Read the full story...

Podcasts

  • 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...

  • 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...

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