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  • 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...

  • White flowers with many stamen burst from a shrub much like a hydrangea bush
    Information icon Virginia spiraea, Walker County, Georgia. Photo © Alan Cressler, used with permission.

    Hunt for Imperiled Plant Leads to Little Tennessee River Discovery

    June 16, 2008 | 3 minute read

    In late May, a team of biologists canoeing the Little Tennessee River discovered two new patches of the federally-protected Virginia spiraea plant growing on the river’s banks. The search was part of an effort to catalog where the rare plant is found along the river, and it also confirmed the plant’s continued presence at four spots where it was previously known to occur. “Knowing where these plants are means we know where to focus our time and energy in conserving the species,” said Dennis Desmond, search organizer and land stewardship coordinator for the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee.  Learn more...


  • Triangular green leaves with sharp, throny vines.
    Mile-a-minute weed. Photo by John Beetham, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

    Tearthumb - a fascinating if painful wetland plant

    March 20, 2009 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Immediately before heading out into the field, I went over the list of gear – food, water, first aid kit, rubber boots. I had everything. Except the long-sleeved shirt. Not a big deal, I thought. I had the most important things. And I did. But marching through the muck of a Southern Appalachian bog, the long-sleeve shirt would’ve been nice.  Learn more...

  • A shiny green insect burrowed into a tree.
    Emerald ashe borer. Photo by USDA.

    Protecting the Southern Appalachians from the emerald ash borer

    October 12, 2008 | 3 minute read

    Transcript Good morning and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. This week we’ll look at ash trees and what’s casting a shadow over their future. Soon temperatures will warm and Southern Appalachia’s minor-league baseball stadiums will come to life. Baseball is a relatively slow-moving game, and it’s the crack of the bat that brings pause to conversations and lingering eyes back to the field. Focused on the action, few people ever give much thought to the bat.  Learn more...


  • Spines from books in an environmental science library
    Information icon Library at South Carolina Ecological Services Field Office. Photo by Jennifer Koches, USFWS.

    Fish Technology Center Publications

    2019 Ksepka, S.P., J.M Rash, N.V. Whelan, S.A. Bullard. (2019) A new species of Myxobolus (Myxozoa: Bivalvulida) infecting the medulla oblongata and nerve cord of brook trout Salvelinus fontinalis in southern Appalachia (New River, North Carolina, USA). Parasitology Research. 118: 3241-3252. DOI: 10.1007⁄200436-019-06472-x Whelan, N.V., M.P. Galaska, B.N. Sipley, J.M. Weber, P. D. Johnson, K.M. Halanych, B.S. Helms. (2019) Riverscape genetic variation, migration patterns, and morphological variation of the threatened round rocksnail, Leptoxis ampla.  Learn more...

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