It was my first prescribed burn. After weeks of training, and months of anticipation, I was finally on the ground – drip torch in hand – ready to apply fire to restore the mixed pine-hardwood forests at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, on the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest.
You never know what you might see in the Asheville environs. Here, local writer and teacher Mark Puckett shares this vignette about an October encounter with a peacock.
Tell me someone else has noticed that the groundhogs are plotting a takeover. In fact, it may already be underway. (Image via WikiCommons, author: D. Gordon E. Robertson)
Families trickle into the Cradle of Forestry for Bug Day, an annual celebration of all things insect. A full day of crafts and bug hunts await eager children and their parents at the event, which gives community members the chance to better know oft-misunderstood arthropods — especially the subgroup of species we call “bugs.”
The disease of white-tailed deer does not affect humans, but could be devastating for the deer population (photo by Bill Rhodes).
Wild for Life, a local organization dedicated to returning injured birds of prey to the wild, brought some of their feathered friends out for some ice cream
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission officials confirm that white-nose syndrome — a disease that’s led to the death of millions of bats in the eastern U.S. — has been found in an abandoned mine in Haywood County. It’s the fifth county in North Carolina to confirm a case of the disease.
Biologists at Great Smoky Mountains National Park have confirmed that both a tricolored and a little brown bat found in a park cave tested positive for white-nose syndrome.
The lone black bear cub found on the Western Carolina University campus on the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 26, will spend time at a N.C. wildlife rehabilitation facility as part of an effort to eventually release it back into the wild.
In accordance with a new law voted in by Congress, new regulations take effect Feb. 22 for National Wildlife Refuges, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services reports. The law allows lawful possession of a firearm within refuge boundaries. Read the Wildlife Service press release, and let us know what you think.