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  • Four young turkeys walking down a gravel path.
    Wild turkeys. Photo by Tim Lenz, CC BY 2.0.

    Turkey hunting seminars

    February 8, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation are offering free turkey hunting seminars across North Carolina in March and April in anticipation of the spring turkey season. Introductory and advanced seminars are available on a first-come, first-serve basis to all ages, although participants 16 years and younger will need parental permission to register. Introductory seminars are designed for novice turkey hunters or those who have never hunted turkey.  Learn more...

  • A microscopic algae shown under a microscope.
    Information icon Didymosphenia geminata under a microscope. MUSE [CC BY-SA 3.0](https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0), via Wikimedia Commons.

    Didymo

    February 1, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Researchers recently found a nuisance algae in Jackson County’s Tuckasegee River, prompting calls for anglers to be especially diligent when cleaning fishing equipment. Didymo, also called rock snot, can produce algal mats along stream bottoms so thick that they alter habitats and make fishing difficult. Researchers from Tennessee Tech University collected cells of the algae in 2015 — the first time it has been documented in North Carolina.  Learn more...

  • A NC biologist holding a sicklefin redhorse on a river bank in front of a hydroelectric dam.
    North Carolina biologist TR Russ holding an sicklefin redhorse. Photo by Mark Cantrell, USFWS.

    Sicklefin redhorse

    January 25, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Power companies, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and state and federal agencies have come together to conserve the sicklefin redhorse, a fish found in only six Appalachian counties worldwide and being considered for the federal endangered species list. Triggered by the 1992 observations of Roanoke College’s Robert Jenkins, the sicklefin redhorse was only recently discovered to be a distinct species.  Learn more...

  • A white fuzz developing along the stems of a pine tree.
    Hemlock woolly adelgid, an exotic insect pest. Photo by Nicholas A. Tonelli, CC BY 2.0.

    Hemlock woolly adelgid predator beatles released

    January 19, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. As part of the ongoing effort to combat the hemlock woolly adelgid in the Southern Appalachians, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission recently released predator beetles into Buncombe County’s Sandy Mush Game Lands. The hemlock woolly adelgid is an Asian insect, accidently introduced to the United States, which attacks and kills our native hemlock trees. There are a couple of methods to counter the adeligd – the first is chemically treating individual trees.  Learn more...

  • A woodpecker perched on a tree with a bug in its mouth
    A red-cockaded woodpecker has dinner outside its nesting cavity. Photo by USFWS.

    Income tax check for wildlife

    January 18, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Tax time approaches, and in North Carolina this provides an easy opportunity to support wildlife conservation. Taxpayers can help conserve North Carolina’s nongame wildlife by donating a portion of their state income tax refund to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund by checking on line 30 of their state tax form. Nongame wildlife includes all the birds, mammals, fish, mollusks, reptiles, amphibians, and crayfish that do not have a designated hunting or fishing season.  Learn more...

  • A bright yellow flower emerges from the forest floor.
    Trout lily blooming at new Mountain Bogs NWR. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Land and Water Conservation Fund

    January 11, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Over 50 years ago, Congress created the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a program that uses revenues from offshore oil and gas drilling in public waters to purchase land and easements for conservation and public recreation. The program has supported more than 42,000 national, state and local parks and outdoor recreation projects in all 50 states. These projects conserve public lands in or near national parks, refuges, and forests; increase access for hunting and fishing; and provide grants to states for close-to-home recreation and conservation on non-federal lands.  Learn more...

  • A woman wearing a warm hat preparing to plant a tiny spruce tree seedling.
    Information icon Sue Cameron plants a red spruce at Whigg Meadow in Tennessee. Photo by Garry Peeples, USFWS.

    Forest fragmentation

    January 4, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. According to U.S. Forest Service researchers and their partners, between 2000 and 2012 the world lost 660,000 square miles of forest, an area more than twice the size of Texas. But the scientists looked beyond simple acreage lost, and examined patterns of forest loss, providing an idea of forest fragmentation. If half of a thousand-acre forest is cut, how the remaining 500 acres are distributed – in one solid clump, or as a long, thin line for example – has a tremendous impact on the ecological role that forest plays.  Learn more...

  • A hand holding a tiny eel
    Juvenile American eel. Photo by Greg Thompson, USFWS.

    American eels in the Southern Appalachians

    December 28, 2015 | 1 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. All American eels hatch from eggs in the Sargasso Sea, an area of the Atlantic Ocean east of the Bahamas and south of Bermuda. From there, the young eels head west, swimming up streams from Canada to South America, where they spend most of their lives, returning to the ocean to reproduce and die. When swimming up those east coast streams, some of them make it into the Appalachian Mountains.  Learn more...

  • Bright red flowers with green foliage.
    Rhododendron in bloom. Photo by Richard, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

    In the wake of hemlock woolly adelgid

    December 21, 2015 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Hemlock woolly adeglid, a tiny Asian insect, has killed hemlock trees across the southern Appalachians, opening up the forest canopy to additional sunlight. The plant which has benefited the most from the increased light is rosebay rhododendron, which is growing twice as fast as expected. Rhododendron grows so densely that flowering plants, ferns, and seedlings can’t survive beneath its shade.  Learn more...

  • A bright white lighthouse emerges over calm water and a mix of palm and oak trees.
    Lighthouse at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Steve Hillebrand, USFWS.

    Free admission to National Wildlife Refuges

    December 14, 2015 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Head outdoors and enjoy some of the country’s most magical places — America’s National Wildlife Refuges offer unparalleled opportunities to experience the great outdoors and see a rich diversity of wildlife in beautiful natural settings. If that wasn’t enticement enough, refuges that normally charge entrance fees will offer an additional incentive — free admission on these days in 2016:  Learn more...

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