Posts by Kim Waites

Cheaha Wilderness Work Day July 21

Join us for a work day in Cheaha Wilderness, Talladega National Forest. This month we will be working on reorienting a wilderness portal sign on the Cave Creek trail and fixing a few confusing trail junctions where it has been reported that hikers are getting lost. Due to the heat of summer we will be…

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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 thousands of pollinators to the flowers that the festival is based…

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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 forest edge…

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Trip Report – Shining Rock Wilderness: June 2, 2018

On Saturday, June 2, 2018 five people and one helpful canine set out to continue Wild South’s search for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee in the Shining Rock Wilderness area of the Pisgah National Forest. Hundreds of visitors visit the peaks of Sam Knob and Black Balsam here on the weekends, but very few that…

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Welcome, 2018 Interns!

Wild South is committed to training the next generation of conservationists and each year we bring on interns to help them gain experience in the field of conservation that will help them achieve their career goals. These interns are always eager to help and are passionate about doing what they can to help protect nature…

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Bumble Bee Challenge! – June

This June we are giving out a prize to the citizen scientist that submits the most Bumble Bee observations to our iNaturalist project! They don’t have to be rare species, we want submissions of even the most common Bumble Bees around. Any information we gather through this project will be integral to conservation of Bumble…

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Roan Mountain Balds Bumble Bee Search – Sunday, June 17

Join Wild South’s Conservation Biologist, Morgan Harris, as we head out to the Balds at Roan Mountain to catch the blooming Rhododendrons that blanket these mountains around this time of year. We will walk along the Appalachian Trail and spend some time with the (hopefully) immensity of blooming Rhododendrons to seeing what’s buzzing around them.…

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Priority Species: At Risk Bumble Bees of the Southern Appalachians

While searching for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee is a big goal of Wild South’s citizen science project, this federally endangered species is not the only focus. Several other species found in our region are at risk of extinction or currently suffering population declines. By collecting as many observations of all species of Bumble Bee…

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Shining Rock Wilderness Bumble Bee Search – June 2, 2018

We’re going to head out to Shining Rock Wilderness to search for Bumble Bees! Depending on the number of people that RSVP we will either search Sam Knob and Black Balsam Knob or just one of those trails. This is a wilderness area so group size is limited to 10, but we can have two…

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Citizen Science Training: Boone Edition

Find a bumble bee, take a few pictures, and help save bumble bees from extinction. Come and join Wild South in the Rankin Science Building at Appalachian State University for a training to become a citizen scientist! This training will give you background information on the plight of bumble bees in the Eastern U.S. and give…

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