Tag: Spruce-Fir Moss Spider
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October 9, 2019 | 7 minute read
Asheville, North Carolina — On November 24, 1983, a Cessna 414A left Chicago en route to Sylva, North Carolina, a small town just south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The plane’s last radar contact showed an altitude of 6,100 feet. About a mile later, at an altitude of about 6,000 feet, it crashed into the ridge between Waterrock Knob and Mount Lynn Lowery, in North Carolina’s Plott Balsam Mountains — the last mountain range before descending to Sylva. Learn more...
May 24, 2018 | 8 minute read
The story of an ambitious effort to restore red spruce to the Southern Appalachians spearheaded by four women brought together by a commitment to the highest peaks east of the Mississippi River. Learn more...
March 24, 2011 | 2 minute read
Following the release of their spring seasonal beer, Little Hump Spring Ale, Highland Brewing Company is teaming with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to offer an opportunity to learn about and visit the peak recognized by the seasonal beer, Little Hump Mountain, found in the Roan Mountain area of Mitchell County. On April 6, the brewery will host Jay Leutze in their tasting room, from 6:00 to 7:00 p. Learn more...
June 3, 2010 | 3 minute read
The day after he arrived in Asheville, Ben Wicker, an employee of Highland Brewing Company, was invited to paddle the South Toe River by a near stranger – an event that helped solidify his love of these mountains and his fondness for the area’s people. Today, Ben is helping drive an effort by Highland Brewing to give back to the mountains that provide Highland employees with off-duty recreation, supply the water for its beer, and lend their names to the company’s seasonal brews. Learn more...
June 20, 2019 | 9 minute read
As part of the process mandated by the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct five-year status reviews of 53 endangered or threatened fish, wildlife, and plants. These species are found in the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The public is invited to provide information and comments concerning these species on or before August, 19, 2019. These five-year reviews will ensure listing classifications under the ESA are accurate and recommend changes in status where appropriate based on the latest science and analysis. Read the full story...
June 23, 2014 | 2 minute read
Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. It was quite balmy in Asheville on that particular late-May morning. While the weather may be warm and clear in town, it’s no indication of conditions above 6000 feet, on the shoulders of Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. It’s there, on the mountain-top islands of cool, moist climate, where you’ll find the spruce-fir moss spider. Learn more...
May 23, 2011 | 2 minute read
Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. It’s a little-known day among the litany of spring time holidays and celebrations, but here at the Fish and Wildlife Service, we like to think it important. Overshadowed by Earth Day, its April counterpart, May brings us Endangered Species Day. I recently had the chance to visit the Atlanta Zoo, and perhaps the cutest thing to be seen was the young panda bear, lounging in its hammock. Learn more...
May 16, 2011 | 2 minute read
Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. As the bat disease white-nose syndrome continues decimating bat populations as it spreads across North America, a question many people have, is… so what? They’re just bats, what good are they? According to a recent article in the journal Science, they’re worth at least $3 billion to U.S. agriculture. The value of the pest-control services to agriculture provided by bats in the U. Learn more...
October 27, 2010 | 2 minute read
Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Our two-year old daughter has picked up a fascination with spiders, stemming from, as near as we can interpret, a bad dream involving the 8-legged creatures. Perhaps a little odd, since to our knowledge she’s never had a negative interaction with the animals, but now she takes the time to call attention to any spider webs she comes across and pauses and stares curiously at any spiders she finds. Learn more...
May 18, 2010 | 2 minute read
Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature May 22 is Endangered Species Day. The phrase endangered species often brings to mind animals like panda bears and elephants, but the Southern Appalachians is home to a plethora of fascinating imperiled species. Our region is home to the spruce-fir moss spider – the world’s smallest tarantula, coming in about the size of a pencil eraser. It lives in the moss beds beneath the spruce-fir forests on our highest mountaintops. Learn more...