A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Celebrating Appalachia’s magnificent biodiversity.



Ticks: Get to Know Them, and Then Avoid Them

Climate change has led to an increase in the population and range of these tiny, disease-spreading bloodsuckers.


Purple Martins: The Neighbors We Didn’t Know We Wanted

The migratory purple martin is almost entirely dependent on human-made housing while it lives in Eastern North America during the warmer months.


The Tale of Gray's Lily

Two enthusiastic botanists tracking the rare Gray's lily at Tater Hill Plant Preserve in North Carolina help the writer search for signs of the elusive flower at a nearby parcel of land.


Researchers Discover New Wildflower in SC

The only known population of Shealy's saxifrage lives at a preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy in Pickens County, South Carolina.


Ready for the Wild: Rescue Rehabilitates and Releases Young Bears

The Appalachian Bear Rescue in Townsend, Tenn., has saved more than 300 bears from eight different states over the last 25 years.


Meet Appalachia’s Misunderstood Marsupial, the Opossum

With their appetites for snakes and ticks, and their propensity to clean up stray roadkill and rotting plants, opossums can be helpful neighbors to humans.


Bobcats, the Masters of Camouflage

Although prevalent throughout North America, this stealthy animal is scarcely seen by humans.


Threats to the Tree of Life

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

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

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.

   

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