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  • $425,000 in recovery funding to help restore wildlife habitat on Western North Carolina private lands

    November 10, 2009 | 3 minute read

    As part of the federal economic stimulus effort, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has awarded $425,000 in grants to three western North Carolina non-profits to help restore wildlife habitat on private lands. The Little Tennessee Watershed Association, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, and the Blue Ridge Resource Conservation and Development Council will use the funds for stream and wetland restoration projects on private lands in three of the Service’s priority areas: the Little Tennessee River watershed, the Upper French Broad River watershed, and the Upper Nolichucky River watershed — each home to federally endangered species.  Learn more...

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

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gives $115,000 to help Mitchell and Yancey County streams

    October 22, 2008 | 2 minute read

    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) recently announced it’s awarding $115,000 in grants to improve water and stream quality and help ensure fish and other aquatic life can freely move up and downstream in the Upper Nolichucky River Basin, “The Upper Nolichucky River is a priority focus area for conservation and the Service remains committed to helping local people and local organizations restore and protect it,” said Anita Goetz, a biologist with the Service.  Learn more...

Podcasts

  • A hand holds a tiny turtle with orange markings on either side of its neck.
    Young bog turtle in hand. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Stimulus money goes to help Appalachian wildlife

    February 2, 2010 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Money from the federal government’s stimulus package is coming to help wildlife in the Southern Appalachians. $425,000 in grants from the Fish and Wildlife Service will go to local non-profits to improve fish and wildlife habitat on private lands in western North Carolina. The Little Tennessee Watershed Association will receive $75,000 to restore aquatic organism passage along tributaries of the Little Tennessee River in Macon and Swain Counties.  Learn more...

  • A yellow and black bee lands on a bright pink/purple flower.
    Bee at a Heller’s blazing star flower. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Poaching a threat to our natural heritage

    January 19, 2010 | 2 minute read

    Transcript A South Dakota man was recently convicted in federal court for smuggling leopard parts into the United States in a case that exposed illegal hunting in South Africa and the laundering of rare animal parts through Zimbabwe. However, illegal trade in plants and animals is not limited to cats from Africa or orchids from South America. Sadly, it happens right here in the Southern Appalachians as well. The region is home to the bog turtle, North America’s smallest turtle, and the victim of a vibrant trade in rare reptiles despite being federally protected.  Learn more...

  • A biologist uses a caliper to measure a tiny turtle with orange markings on its neck
    Measuring a bog turtle. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Protecting rare bogs means protecting their water flow

    February 13, 2009 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. “You’re not going to find any if you don’t stick your hand in,” was the instruction. We were searching for bog turtles, the smallest turtle in North America and one that’s federally protected. To find a bog turtle, you dip a long stick into the muck and mud of a bog bottom, hoping to tap the shell of the tiny animals, which measure only about four inches long.  Learn more...

  • 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.

    Cloacoal breathing - how do bog turtles stay underwater for so long?

    February 6, 2009 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Bog turtles, befitting their name, live in Appalachian bogs, where they like to burrow into the mud and muck of the wetland’s bottom, some of it quite thick and sticky. However, bog turtles, like all turtles, are air breathers, which begs the question if a bog turtle is two feet deep in mud and muck, how can it breathe?  Learn more...

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