Celebrating Appalachia’s magnificent biodiversity.
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.
This brainless, single-celled organism is able to solve surprisingly complex puzzles and is even able to memorize and anticipate changes in its environment.
The story behind the highly invasive vine that is creeping across the Southeast, and what can be done to stop it.
Meet the marvelous world of Odonata.
Hidden underneath the majesty of the Appalachian mountains is a strange, enchanting cave ecosystem full of unusual creatures.
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, a symbiotic combination of fungi and algae, has helped create soil for billions of years and serves as an indicator of air quality.
These misunderstood scavengers of the sky play a vital role in our ecosystem.
Buzzing bees, hummingbirds, butterflies and more help keep Appalachia's flora in bloom.
Appalachia has the greatest biodiversity of salamanders in the world — and a study has shown that climate change could be shrinking their range.
As the threat posed by the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid grows, so do efforts to save "the redwood of the East."
These nomadic birds will travel great distances to extract the seeds of conifer cones with their unique crossing bills.
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.
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.
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.