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  • A piece of heavy machinery deconstructs a small dam.
    A trackhoe begins the work of demolishing Dillsboro Dam. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Western North Carolina dam removal clears the way for imperiled species

    January 25, 2010 | 4 minute read

    As a handful of people watched, heavy machinery obliterated the powerhouse for North Carolina’s Dillsboro Dam, the most visible sign yet of the impending removal of the 12-foot high dam itself, scheduled to begin in early February. Dillsboro Dam, built in 1913, is one of a series of Duke Energy hydropower facilities on western North Carolina’s Tuckasegee River. Federal law requires operators of private hydropower dams to address impacts to fish and wildlife.  Learn more...


  • Small white flowers with shiny green centers emerge from a stem.
    Caribbean mayten. Photo © Pedro Acevedo-Rodriquez, Smithsonian Institution, Department of Biology used with Permission.

    Service says listing Caribbean mayten not warranted

    July 3, 2012 | 2 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will not conduct an in-depth review of the status of the Caribbean mayten tree. The Service made this decision in response to a petition to list the tree as threatened or endangered with critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act. The petition was filed by WildEarth Guardians, in Denver, Colorado. In response to the petition filed October 6, 2011, the Service conducted a preliminary 90-day finding concluding the petition did not present substantial information indicating that listing the Caribbean mayten may be warranted.  Read the full story...

  • A small greenish yellow fish with grey fins.
    Information icon Spring pygmy sunfish. Photo by Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

    Service initiates status review of the spring pygmy sunfish

    March 31, 2011 | 3 minute read

    The spring pygmy sunfish may warrant federal protection as an endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concludes, following an initial review of a petition seeking to protect the species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The decision, commonly known as a 90-day finding, means that the information provided in the petition, and available in the Service’s files, indicates that listing might be appropriate for the spring pygmy sunfish.  Read the full story...


  • A close up photo of a gray-silver salamander walking on a layer of wet moss.
    Cheoah bald salamander. Photo by Andy Kraemer, CC BY-NC 2.0.

    Hundreds of species examined for the endangered species list

    October 23, 2011 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The Southeastern United States, including the Southern Appalachians, is a global center of aquatic biodiversity, which includes nearly 500 different fish, more than 300 snails, and nearly 300 mussels. Unfortunately many of those species are imperiled enough to be protected by the Endangered Species Act, and that number may go up in the coming months. The Endangered Species Act allows anyone to ask, or petition, the Fish & Wildlife Service to place a plant or animal on the federal endangered species list.  Learn more...

  • Illustration of an eel transitioning from dark green on it's top to a white belly with a long dorsal fin.
    American eel. Illustration by Duane Raver, USFWS.

    Is the American eel an endangered species?

    October 10, 2011 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Salmon are perhaps the most famous migratory fish in the United States, but here in the east, from Greenland to South America, we have the American eel. Spending most of it’s time in rivers, all American eels migrate to the Sargasso Sea to reproduce, and then young eels return to rivers to become adults. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that the American eel may need federal protection as a threatened or endangered species, following review of a request to protect the species under the Endangered Species Act.  Learn more...

  • A small furry bat in a crevice of a cave with patches of white fungus on its face and shoulder.
    Information icon A northern-long-eared bat with suspected White Nose Syndrome. Photo by Steve Taylor, University of Illinois.

    Bats step closer to endangered species list

    August 1, 2011 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. White-nose syndrome is a deadly bat disease that has killed more than a million bats in the Eastern United States. Many have asked what this means for the long-term survival of entire species of bats, and we may be beginning to get an idea. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service maintains the federal list of threatened and endangered species. Under the Endangered Species Act, anyone can ask the Service to add a plant or animal to that list, and based on the information they provide and information the Service already has, wildlife biologists may decide to investigate further, possibly deciding to add the species to the list.  Learn more...

  • A purple/rust colored salamander walking through moist, iron rich red soil.
    Metamorphosed adult Berry Cave salamander from eastern Tennessee. Photo by Todd Pierson, used with permission.

    Berry Cave Salamander

    June 6, 2011 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The Berry Cave salamander is found in only nine caves in eastern Tennessee. It faces threats from urban development near those caves, water contamination, and hybridization with spring salamanders. The Endangered Species Act allows anyone to petition to add a species to the federal endangered species list. If the information provided indicates the plant or animal may need protection, the Service will investigate further.  Learn more...

  • A brown and black amphibian in a plastic container.
    Ozark hellbender. Photo by Jill Utrup, USFWS.

    Ozark hellbender

    January 23, 2011 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Once you see a hellbender, you never forget it. Hellbenders are salamanders, but not just any salamanders. They’re big salamanders. Growing up to three feet in rare instances, it’s fairly easy to comes across individuals at least a foot long here in the Southern Appalachians. Despite their size, they’re essentially harmless to humans and are part of a healthy stream ecosystem.  Learn more...

  • CITES - a look at this wildlife conservation treaty

    April 20, 2010 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. People are fascinated by the zebra skin. It’s a prop I use when I talk to school groups about endangered species, though when I bring it out sometimes complete strangers come over for a closer look. The skin was confiscated by Fish and Wildlife Service inspectors at the Atlanta airport as it was being unlawfully imported. International trade in rare plants and animals, including that zebra skin, is governed by a treaty called the Convention on International Trade in Endangered species, or CITES.  Learn more...

  • Biologists collect bright yellow eggs from a half dozen brownish red fish.
    Fertilizing sicklefin redhorse eggs for captive rearing. Photo by Mark Cantrell, USFWS.

    Sicklefin redhorse conservation

    November 23, 2008 | 3 minute read

    Transcript On the bank of the Little Tennessee River, downstream from the town of Franklin, biologists squeeze tiny yellow eggs from a fish into a plastic bag. Unlike caviar, these eggs won’t be eaten, but rather trucked to a lab in Knoxville, Tenn., to join an effort to keep a rare fish off the endangered species list. The fish is a sicklefin redhorse, a recently discovered species found only in the western tip of North Carolina and a small bit of North Georgia.  Learn more...

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