A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Threats to the Tree of Life

oak tree at sunrise

Magnificent, strong and once thriving in Appalachian forests, oaks now struggle to regenerate. As deadly diseases spread in other regions, a new alliance is emerging to protect this key species.

The Intelligence of Slime Mold

slime mold

This brainless, single-celled organism is able to solve surprisingly complex puzzles and is even able to memorize and anticipate changes in its environment.

Tangled Up in Kudzu

kudzu

The story behind the highly invasive vine that is creeping across the Southeast, and what can be done to stop it.

Dragonflies and Damselflies

dragonfly

Meet the marvelous world of Odonata.

Fascinating Cave Creatures of Appalachia

southern cavefish

Hidden underneath the majesty of the Appalachian mountains is a strange, enchanting cave ecosystem full of unusual creatures.

Red Spruce Restoration Underway

man planting spruce tree

Conservationists across the region have teamed up to help restore the red spruce to its natural habitat after unsustainable logging practices in the early 1900s, coupled with wildfires, nearly wiped out the tree in Appalachia.

Lichen: The Story of a Soil-Maker

Lichen

Lichen, a symbiotic combination of fungi and algae, has helped create soil for billions of years and serves as an indicator of air quality.

Versatile Vultures

These misunderstood scavengers of the sky play a vital role in our ecosystem.

Meet Appalachia’s Pollinators

Hairy flower chafer beetle

Buzzing bees, hummingbirds, butterflies and more help keep Appalachia’s flora in bloom.

Lungless Salamanders, Shrinking Habitat

salamander

Appalachia has the greatest biodiversity of salamanders in the world — and a study has shown that climate change could be shrinking their range.