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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rusty Patched Bumble Bees were once widespread across the Southern Appalachian Mountains, but their populations have been declining rapidly since the 1980’s along with many other bumble bee species across the Eastern U.S. In fact, the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee hasn’t been seen in the Southern Appalachian Mountains since 2004. The reasons for their decline…

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June 10, 2017 Wild South volunteers led by Morgan Harris, Wild South’s Conservation Biologist, began installing tree “cookies” in the Linville Gorge Wilderness. As part of a salamander habitat project, these cookies will create the necessary habitat for these critters to thrive. Future plan is to monitor and maintain these plots for scientific research. If…

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What do you get when you combine Wild South, passion for conservation, and a horde of interns? A whole lot of work done. We had set many goals for this summer that would have been extremely difficult to finish with our staff alone, but thanks to the hard work of our interns we were able…

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