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  • A photo of the shore from the water with a bright white lighthouse, a large wooden dock and numerous palm and desiduous trees.
    Information icon Egmont Key. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS.

    The sea and the Key

    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...

  • A snowy egret in a wetland with huge port infrastructure in the background.
    Information icon A hammock at Savannah NWR surrounded by old rice plantations with Georgia Ports Authority cranes in the background. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS.

    A rising threat

    September 25, 2018 | 4 minute read

    The seas are rising and federal lands along the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico are under siege.  Learn more...

  • An island covered in shallow pools after being overwashed by an extreme high tide.
    An overwashed portion of Cape Island during an extreme tide event in 2007. Photo by Jennifer Koches, USFWS.

    Sea level rise threatens Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge

    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...

  • Bright green pine trees as far as the eye can see hide pocosin wetlands at their base
    A healthy pocosin wetland. Photo by Sale Suiter, USFWS.

    Pocosins restoration partnerships lead to big carbon offset gains

    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...

  • A deer similar in appearance to a white-tailed deer, but much smaller in size
    A Key deer on Big Pine Key in Florida. Photo by Garry Tucker, USFWS.

    The endangered key deer: no place to go

    September 24, 2010 | 2 minute read

    The Florida Keys is a globally unique ecosystem and the only home in the world to the endangered Key deer. But some projections show that these islands could be underwater by 2100.  Learn more...


  • A colorful yellow and red trout covered in small black spots.
    Information icon A wildlife biologist holds a rainbow trout. Photo by Mark Lisac, USFWS.

    Cold water species and climate change

    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...

  • Tiny mushrooms emerge from thick moss growing on a log.
    Mushrooms growing amidst moss. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    North Carolina State Climate Hub

    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...

  • A city in the shadow of the appalachian mountains.
    City of Asheville, NC, home of the U.S. National Climatic Data Center. Photo by Ken Lane, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

    National Climatic Data Center provides vital information

    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...

  • Ten plus monarch butterflies perched on a single yellow plant.
    Information icon Monarch butterflies gathering in Chenier Plain coastal prairie. Photo by Woody Woodrow, USFWS.

    What is phenology and what is it more important now than ever?

    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...

  • A bunch of serrated leaves with tufts of beige fibers that look like pipe cleaners.
    Flowering American chestnut. Photo by Bob McInnes, CC BY 2.0.

    Return of the chestnut

    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...

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