Celebrating Appalachia’s magnificent biodiversity.
The migratory purple martin is almost entirely dependent on human-made housing while it lives in Eastern North America during the warmer months.
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.
The only known population of Shealy's saxifrage lives at a preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy in Pickens County, South Carolina.
The Appalachian Bear Rescue in Townsend, Tenn., has saved more than 300 bears from eight different states over the last 25 years.
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.
Although prevalent throughout North America, this stealthy animal is scarcely seen by humans.
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.