A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Celebrating Appalachia’s magnificent biodiversity.



Tangled Up in 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

Meet the marvelous world of Odonata.


Fascinating Cave Creatures of Appalachia

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


Red Spruce Restoration Underway

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, 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

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


Lungless Salamanders, Shrinking Habitat

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


Can We Save the Mighty Hemlock?

As the threat posed by the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid grows, so do efforts to save "the redwood of the East."


Crossbills, Conifers and Calls

These nomadic birds will travel great distances to extract the seeds of conifer cones with their unique crossing bills.


Snail Tales

Did you know Appalachia has the most snail species out of any region in North America? Discover the important role our slimy little friends play in the ecosystem in this issue's Naturalist's Notebook.


Wildflower Wonders

Wildflowers are one of Appalachia’s most vibrant symbols of summer. As the season’s end nears, we explore a few beautiful, unique flowers that blossom in late summer along mountain trails, forests and riverbeds.


Leave it to Beavers

Beavers are sometimes called “nature’s engineers,” and for good reason. By building lodges and dams as their homes, they physically alter the landscape to suit their own needs, similar to humans.


A Sweet Maple Harvest

A resurgence in mapling has opened a booming market for Appalachian syrup.


Ponies of the Grayson Highlands

The wild ponies of Grayson Highlands State Park and Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in Southwest Virginia attract hikers of all ages — but take heed, don't feed the ponies!