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  • A tiny turtle with orange patches on the side of its throat crawls through the grass
    A young bog turtle in an Appalachian bog. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Cloacoal breathing - how do bog turtles stay underwater for so long?

    February 6, 2009 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Bog turtles, befitting their name, live in Appalachian bogs, where they like to burrow into the mud and muck of the wetland’s bottom, some of it quite thick and sticky. However, bog turtles, like all turtles, are air breathers, which begs the question if a bog turtle is two feet deep in mud and muck, how can it breathe?  Learn more...

  • A flowering bush with pink flowers.
    Information icon Roan Mountain bluet. Photo by BlueRidgeKitties, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

    Mars Hill College students help conserve a rare plant

    January 30, 2009 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. When it comes to endangered species conservation, one of the toughest, but most fundamental, pieces of knowledge is simply knowing where they are. By definition they’re rare and can be hard to find. In the 1990s, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service paid for a thorough inventory of the endangered Roan Mountain bluet, a small plant found at only a handful of high elevation spots in five western North Carolina counties.  Learn more...

  • A biologist holding a brownish green turtle with a wide-open mouth.
    Snapping turtle. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Snapping turtles

    January 23, 2009 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Dottie Brown was in corporate sales for years before she found her calling in wildlife. Now she’s an environmental science student at UNCA, spending as much time as possible tracking imperiled wildlife with state biologists. Dottie is quick to stick her hand in the muck searching for rare bog turtles. One of the perils of searching for bog turtles is finding a bog turtle predator – the snapping turtle.  Learn more...

  • A red bug with black polka dots hanging onto a plant.
    Ladybug. Photo by swg101, CC BY-NC 2.0.

    The lowdown on ladybugs

    January 16, 2009 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. One of the first wild animals that enters a child’s world is the ladybug. We’re taught from an early age that these easily recognizable insects are benign guardians of gardens, eating aphids and other pests that threaten our plants. However, when we discuss ladybugs, we aren’t talking about a single insect, but a whole family of insects, with nearly 6,000 species world-wide, some of whom have the characteristic red with black spots, and some we would never recognize.  Learn more...

  • A biologist holds a silver/white fish next to a large ruler for measurement
    American shad. Photo by FWC

    Santee-Cooper Accord helps move migratory fish across the Carolinas

    January 9, 2009 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The Santee River basin begins in Western North Carolina, where the headwaters of the Catawba, Broad, and Pacolet Rivers trickle down from the Eastern Continental divide. The basin includes the Congaree, Saluda, Wateree and a host of other rivers, eventually all joining to form the Santee River which empties into the ocean north of Charleston. It’s a basin whose rivers are punctuated by dams that provide electricity to Charlotte, Greenville and Columbia.  Learn more...

  • A colorful fall scene with a road cutting through.
    Blue Ridge Mountains. Photo by steviep187, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

    Blue Ridge Forever aims to protect Western North Carolina’s natural jewels

    January 2, 2009 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Today we’ll look at a push to protect some of the most important lands in Western North Carolina. The farming communities of Sandy Mush and Fairview in Buncombe County, the Appalachian Trail corridor, the Little Tennessee River Valley in Macon and Swain Counties. These are but three of the most important natural areas in Western North Carolina – important for their cultural, recreational, or biological significance.  Learn more...

  • A prehistoric looking fish with spines down its back and sides.
    Information icon Lake sturgeon. Photo by USFWS.

    New report looks at the state of American fish

    December 20, 2008 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. This week, we’ll look at the state of fish populations, both in the Southern Appalachians and across the nation. The slender chub is a tiny fish known only from the Clinch, Powell, and Holston Rivers of eastern Tennessee and southwest Virginia. It hasn’t been seen in the wild since 2002, despite searches by some of the best fish biologists in the region.  Learn more...

  • Three women in wet suits snorkeling in a shallow river.
    Oconaluftee River snorkelers. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Endangered Species Day 2008

    December 6, 2008 | 3 minute read

    Transcript Good morning and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. This week we’re going to look at the recent Endangered Species Day celebration and the ongoing challenge to protect endangered species in the Southern Appalachians. There weren’t a lot of takers for snorkeling. It was the North Toe River, on Mitchell/Yancey County line and ten students from the local high school’s Eco-Club were in the river with Fish and Wildlife Service biologists, looking for mussels.  Learn more...

  • Sunset over waterbody.
    Information icon Night falls at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Joy Campbell of Okefenokee Adventures.

    Toe River Valley River Trail

    November 30, 2008 | 3 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Today we’ll examine an effort to increase accessibility to one of the most beautiful corners of the Southern Appalachians. In Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife refuge, there is little hiking, simply because there is little dry earth, however, visitors routinely traverse the refuge, camping in it’s backcountry and enjoying the alligators, turtles, and birds this southeast Georgia wilderness offers. Instead of being laced with hiking trails, the area is laced with paddling trails, with backcountry visitors paddling through the swamp from wooden camping platform to wooden camping platform.  Learn more...

  • Biologists collect bright yellow eggs from a half dozen brownish red fish.
    Fertilizing sicklefin redhorse eggs for captive rearing. Photo by Mark Cantrell, USFWS.

    Sicklefin redhorse conservation

    November 23, 2008 | 3 minute read

    Transcript On the bank of the Little Tennessee River, downstream from the town of Franklin, biologists squeeze tiny yellow eggs from a fish into a plastic bag. Unlike caviar, these eggs won’t be eaten, but rather trucked to a lab in Knoxville, Tenn., to join an effort to keep a rare fish off the endangered species list. The fish is a sicklefin redhorse, a recently discovered species found only in the western tip of North Carolina and a small bit of North Georgia.  Learn more...

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