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  • A lake on St. Vincent NWR with emergent marsh and palm trees.
    Information icon A freshwater lake on St. Vincent NWR. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS.

    An exotic hunt on a Florida island

    October 7, 2019 | 8 minute read

    Apalachicola, Florida — In 1907, a New York doctor, patent-medicine salesman and one-term congressman bought St. Vincent Island for $12,500 and set about turning the palmetto and pine-fringed preserve into a “wildlife emporium.” Dr. Raymond Pierce built trails, cottages, barns, dams and sluice gates to create duck ponds. He grew vegetables and raised cattle. And he also imported a menagerie of exotic Asian antlered beasts including sambar deer from India, a prized trophy for big-game hunters.  Learn more...

  • An open gate surrounded by live oaks covered in Spanish moss.
    Information icon Altama Plantation. Photo by Nicole Vidal, USFWS.

    A gem for hunters and hikers alike

    July 12, 2017 | 4 minute read

    Brunswick, Georgia – Altama Plantation is perhaps the most critical, and intriguing, piece of property along the entire Altamaha River corridor. It was here in the early 1800s that plantation owner James Hamilton Couper introduced the Dutch system of tidal floodgates to grow rice. He planted sugar cane and built a refinery whose red-brick remains still stand. Couper, a noted scientist, also recorded the first eastern indigo snake, a threatened species which bears his name (Drymarchon couperi).  Learn more...

  • The sun sets over a lush green marsh cut in half by a calm brackish channel.
    Information icon Salt marsh along the Altamaha River. Photo by Nicole Vidal, USFWS.

    Many partners work together to protect “the Amazon of the South” for generations to come

    July 12, 2017 | 13 minute read

    It meanders 137 miles through the wild heart of Georgia, a blackwater beauty that nourishes longleaf pine forests, cypress swamps, saltwater estuaries and the barrier islands that protect the Atlantic coast and migratory birds alike.  Learn more...


  • A kayaker navigates her boat through a flooded forest.
    Information icon Kayaking through Sparkleberry Swamp. Photo by USFWS.

    Outdoor recreation

    Our nation has one of the world’s largest networks of protected public lands set aside for the enjoyment of the American people. This vast network supports a healthy outdoor recreation industry, providing millions of jobs across the U.S. and generating billions of dollars for the economy. These jobs and revenue in turn help support local communities and fund conservation efforts. So whether you are hunting, fishing, or hiking, you’re not just renewing your spirit and improving your health, you’re also contributing to the future of conserving and enhancing our natural heritage for future generations.  Learn more...


  • An alligator swims through shallow water with only its eyes above water.
    Information icon American alligator at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Lisa Jacobs, CC BY-ND 2.0.

    Closure of Lee Road boat ramps to bank fishing due to visitors feeding alligators

    September 26, 2018 | 2 minute read

    A number of nuisance and aggressive alligators have recently been observed at the Lee Road Boat Ramp on the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Most alligators are, by nature, nervous of human activity and will usually avoid close contact with people. However, if alligators are fed by people, some will lose their natural fear and will begin to approach when they see people. These alligators can be very dangerous and are termed “nuisance gators”.  Read the full story...


  • Bright orange and red trees cover a fall landscape of mountains and vallies
    Pisgah National Forest. Photo by Jeff Gunn, CC BY 2.0.

    Hiking challenges

    December 15, 2014 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. It’s a new year, full of promise and opportunity. It’s the annual clean slate, when we look ahead, full of thoughts about how to enrich our minds and bodies, and generally become better people. Fortunately the folks over at the Carolina Mountain Club present us with wonderful opportunities to exercise, experience all the goodness that comes from being in the great outdoors, and offers us a chance at a sense of accomplishment.  Learn more...

  • A dirt path cuts through a lush green forest.
    Trail through the trees. Photo by BLM.

    New hiking trails

    February 3, 2014 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Western North Carolina hikers can now enjoy three new trails near the Blue Ridge Parkway, thanks to private citizens, The Conservation Fund, the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The Rose Creek and Little Table Rock Mountain Trails are on Pisgah Game Land and the Saddle Mountain Trail on Mitchell River Game Land. The Rose Creek Trail is a 1.  Learn more...

  • A dirt path cuts through a lush green forest.
    Trail through the trees. Photo by BLM.

    Devil’s Britches

    January 20, 2014 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The story goes that fall foliage was such a vibrant red that someone likened it to the devil’s britches. The name stuck to the Devil’s Britches hiking trail and now Devil’s Britches IPA is the name of the latest beer in Highland Brewing Company’s seasonal line-up. Highland Brewing has established a strong tradition of naming their seasonal beers after area mountain features, which segued nicely into a partnership with the U.  Learn more...

  • A man looks out over mountains and valleys covered with lush green trees
    Enjoying a clear view from Clawhammer Mountain. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Hiking Clawhammer Mountain

    September 1, 2010 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Clawhammer Mountain, in Pisgah National Forest, forms part of the dividing line between the Davidson River Valley to the south and the Mills River Valley to the North. Both of these watersheds host some of the most popular trout fishing spots in western North Carolina, while the Mills River system is a source of drinking water for Hendersonville and Asheville, and home to the endangered Appalachian elktoe, a freshwater mussel.  Learn more...

  • Three goats go to work eating overgrown vegetation.
    Goats grazing. Photo by Courtney Celley, USFWS.

    Goats aid in the conservation of one of the Southern Appalachians most important areas

    October 26, 2008 | 3 minute read

    Transcript Good morning and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. This week, we’ll look at a curious project to protect one of the Southern Appalachians’ most important natural areas. No mountain in the Southern Appalachians goes above tree-line – the elevation above which conditions become inhospitable for trees, yet we have mountains without trees on their peaks. Instead of forest, these peaks are covered with grassy fields, known as balds, offering some of the most spectacular views in the region.  Learn more...

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