Endangered Species

Is your stream impacting Hellbenders?

Some areas in Western North Carolina provide a haven for imperiled Eastern Hellbenders with large populations scattered about the region; however, this giant salamander is declining across its range and North Carolina is no exception. For years now, Wild South has worked with partners
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September Bumble Bee Challenge!

The Bumble Bee Challenge is back! We took a month off from prizes in August, but for September we have a special prize from local ceramic artist Laurie Caffery. This month, the citizen scientist that submits the most locations for Bumble Bee observations will win a pair of handmade mu
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Bumble Bee Blitz!!

All summer we’ve been searching and searching for the ever elusive Rusty Patched Bumble Bee and now is the time to really ramp up our efforts! Why, you ask? Well, as you may know, the defining characteristic  of Rusty Patched Bumble Bees is the brown patch that is apparent on its abdo
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Trip Report: Sam’s Gap – August 6, 2018

Wild South staff and three dedicated citizen scientists arrived at the surprisingly crowded trailhead just off I-26 for the Appalachian Trail at 8:30. We were all eager to get onto the trail and search for the elusive Rusty Patched Bumble Bee at a site that is the pinnacle of pollinat
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Trip Report: Beauty Spot Bald – July 26, 2018

Beauty Spot Bald, a gap along the Appalachian Trail on the Tennessee/North Carolina border, has an abundance of views, pollinators and, on July 26, volunteers searching for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee. With 11 volunteers plus three US Fish and Wildlife Biologists, Beauty Spot Bald wa
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Trip Report: Mt. Mitchell Bumble Bee Search – June 30, 2018

The Deep Gap Trail in Mount Mitchell State Park has it all, from breathtaking views to breathtaking altitude. Starting at the highest peak in the United States East of the Mississippi and winding its way up and down an assortment of ridges and gaps, this trail can be tough. Luckily, t
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July Bumble Bee Challenge!

Another month, another Bumble Bee Challenge! This month we are awarding a prize to the Citizen Scientist with the most species uploaded to iNaturalist in the month of July. Remember, everyone is starting with a clean slate so if you haven’t uploaded any photos yet, now is your chance
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Trip Report: Roan Mountain Balds – June 17, 2018

Our Search for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee continued on Sunday, June 17th on the beautiful balds of Roan Mountain along the North Carolina/Tennessee border. The Rhododendrons were in full bloom, and the Rhododendron festival was in full swing attracting hundreds of visitors and thous
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Big Tom Gap Bumble Bee Search – June 30

Join us on the Black Mountain Crest Trail to search for imperiled Bumble Bees! This will be a more rigorous outing as the total mileage will land between 6.5 to 7.5 miles on the rugged Black Mountain Crest Trail. We’re aiming to make it out to Big Tom Gap where there is some for
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