Tag: Climate Change
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September 27, 2018 | 9 minute read
Egmont Key, Florida — The history of this spit of an island is without parallel. Sadly, the Key itself could soon be history. Native Americans, for example, hunted the island at the mouth of Tampa Bay centuries ago. Spanish explorers mapped it in the 1500s. Billy Bowlegs and Polly Parker, Seminole Indian legends, were imprisoned here during the so-called Third Seminole War. Palms on the key’s western beach killed by the rising, salty gulf waters. Learn more...
April 22, 2011 | 4 minute read
Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina serves as a living laboratory for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to study the impacts of rising sea levels on coastal wildlife and habitats. Learn more...
October 6, 2010 | 2 minute read
Pocosins, a special type of wetland found in North Carolina, help to capture carbon and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Learn more...
September 14, 2015 | 2 minute read
Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. New research on the effects of warming temperatures and stream acidity projects average habitat losses of around 10 percent for coldwater aquatic species in southern Appalachian national forests – including up to a 20 percent loss of habitat in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests. The researchers, from the Forest Service, Oregon State University, and E&S Environmental Chemistry, focused on streams draining seven national forests in the southern Appalachian region, first mapping out how much of the area’s current habitat is suitable for acid- and heat-sensitive animals such as the native eastern brook trout. Learn more...
October 13, 2010 | 2 minute read
Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Exactly what impact will climate change have on wildlife and what can land managers do about it is one of the biggest questions facing biologists today and one that spans the breadth of fish and wildlife management from the fate of mountain trout to nesting sea turtles. Here in the Southern Appalachians it’s an especially important question because of our incredible diversity of life, including many rare species isolated on our cold, high mountain tops. Learn more...
March 2, 2010 | 2 minute read
Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. In a massive basement in downtown Asheville, millions of sheets of paper are shelved, row upon row, upon row – a place not unlike the warehouse where the Ark of the Covenant is stored in Raiders of the Lost Ark. However, instead of religious artifacts, these shelves contain centuries of weather data ranging from weather reports recorded at frontier forts, to Pacific weather data collected during World War Two to sheets filled out and submitted by farmers across America. Learn more...
February 16, 2010 | 2 minute read
Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. We take for granted that each spring trees leaf out, flowers begin to bloom, birds return from their wintering grounds and animals come out of hibernation. What we often don’t think about is the complex interplay between warming temperature, lengthening days, and plant and animal life cycles. Each spring, bird migration is timed so the birds are ensured ample food for the journey – be it insects hatching from eggs or seeds ripening on plants. Learn more...
August 28, 2009 | 2 minute read
Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The Cradle of Forestry in America, in North Carolina’s Transylvania County, was the site of the nation’s first forestry school and you can still visit the one-room school house the students used. It’s appropriate then, that beside this schoolhouse is planted a young chestnut tree. The American chestnut was once the most abundant tree in Eastern hardwood forests, and was functionally eliminated by an Asian fungus, the chestnut blight. Learn more...