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  • Biologists look at clippings of an endangered plant
    Mary Frazer and Dennis Herman looking at Virginia spiraea. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Biologists search for rare plant along the Little Tennessee River

    November 16, 2008 | 3 minute read

    Transcript Good morning and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. This week, we’ll look at an effort to track an imperiled plant known from the banks of the Little Tennessee River. 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. Virginia spiraea was listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1990, and today it’s found in seven states across Appalachia from West Virginia to Georgia, including seven counties in North Carolina.  Learn more...

  • A brown bird with purple wing tips floats on semi-frozen water.
    Female wood duck at Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge. Photo © Quincey Banks.

    Water Quality Woes in Western North Carolina

    November 9, 2008 | 3 minute read

    Transcript Good morning and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. This week, we’re going to look at the precarious situation of our Southern Appalachian rivers. When you have a child, certain sacrifices are made, some of which are temporary. Since our daughter’s birth more than two years ago, our canoe, which used to get frequent use, languished in the basement, getting used only as a convenient basement shelf.  Learn more...

  • Two students wearing waders in a stream inspect a seine.
    Western North Carolina’s Pigeon River is home to the endangered Appalachian elktoe mussel. Photo by Gary Peeples.

    Muddy Sneakers program aims to get kids outside

    November 2, 2008 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature – this week we’ll look at new movement to get kids outdoors. The early-morning rumble of diesel school buses echoes across the mountains again as another summer comes to a close and students head to school in stiff new jeans and spotless sneakers. Talk to a teacher about their work and the conversation eventually winds its way to testing and how it defines what gets taught.  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...

  • Dam removal in the Toe River Valley

    October 19, 2008 | 3 minute read

    Transcript Good morning and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. This week, we’re going to look at steps being taken to help restore the health of a pair of Western North Carolina rivers. The North Toe River flows through the town of Spruce Pine, in North Carolina’s Mitchell County. In town, the river is bordered by riverside park – a city park, with picnic tables and swings, where one can sit and enjoy the river flowing by.  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...

  • A small bat with white powder around its nose covered in tiny water droplets.
    Little brown bat with white-nose syndrome. Photo by Jonathan Mays, ME Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

    White nose syndrome strikes bats in the Northeast

    October 5, 2008 | 3 minute read

    Transcript Good morning and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. This week, we’ll look at a mysterious condition killing thousands of bats in the Northeast that biologists hope to keep from spreading to the Southern Appalachians. Last winter, biologists found several thousand dead bats in caves around Albany, New York. A majority of the dead bats had a white fungal growth on their noses, giving the condition the name white nose syndrome.  Learn more...

  • Freshwater jellyfish in the Southern Appalachians

    September 28, 2008 | 3 minute read

    Transcript Good morning and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature. This week we’ll look at freshwater jellyfish in the Southern Appalachians. Though it’s been six months since she was stung, our two-year old daughter identifies any image of a jellyfish as an “ouchee” and is quick to point out where she was stung on her leg. It wouldn’t please her to learn jellyfish are floating around lakes a short drive from our home.  Learn more...

  • A biologist takes notes in a notebook under an overcast sky.
    Sue Cameron takes notes near Jackson Park. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Saving, and improving, a Hendersonville wetland

    September 22, 2008 | 3 minute read

    Transcript Good morning and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. With all the attention given to development impacts in the mountains, this morning we’re going to look at how a development in Hendersonville, North Carolina will actually improve the situation for wildlife and bird watchers. There aren’t a lot of wetlands in the mountains. Our topography generally dictates that water quickly flows downhill to flatter lands, instead of pooling up and creating wetlands.  Learn more...

  • A mussel with fringe around its opening partially burried in the sand on the river bottom.
    Information icon Appalachian elktoe in the Little River Translyvania County NC. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Planning for growth in Haywood County

    September 15, 2008 | 3 minute read

    Transcript Good morning and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. This week we’ll look at a place where residents have spoken up about the kind of community they want to have, and what that means for the future of wildlife there. If you look at the headlines of local papers across the Southern Appalachians, one of the common themes is communities wrestling with blossoming development - wrangling over subdivision ordinances, stormwater control ordinances, new roads, approving new developments, not approving new developments.  Learn more...

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