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 in the region to help keep Hellbenders from making their way…

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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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Wild South is pleased to announce that Chattanooga native Jim Pfitzer has joined the Tennessee Wild team working to protect Tennessee’s wildest places by passing the Tennessee Wilderness Act. Jim brings to the job a lifetime of passion for the conservation of wild places and a strong history of promoting wildness through his work as…

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by Morgan Harris, Associate Conservation Biologist Wild South is starting a new, exciting chapter with the introduction of our Conservation Science Program focused on preserving biodiversity in the South. This program is a collaboration between Wild South’s new Associate Conservation Biologist, Morgan Harris, and Dr. JJ Apodaca, Wild South’s Chief Conservation Scientist and professor at Warren Wilson…

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Wild South’s internship program connects dedicated individuals with work that matches their interests and develops their skills. We have had many wonderful interns over the years, including Allegra Torres, our most recent intern in the Linville Gorge Wilderness. Allegra Torres was a Wild South intern from August to December of 2015. She worked closely with Kayah…

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    Engaging the Next Generation of Leaders : Earth Day at Evergreen Community Charter School by Emily Ehley   Of course, “earth day” is every day that occurs on Earth. Maybe the real importance of this annual holiday is to celebrate and develop the connections within our communities and between human communities and communities…

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  by Arianne Messerman Hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) are the largest salamanders in North America, and the only representatives of the family Cryptobranchidae outside of Asia. These fully aquatic titans live in cool, clean mountain streams and rivers throughout Appalachia. The permeable skin and long life span of the species make these creatures particularly valuable as…

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Using innovative designs for “Hellbender Huts” made of concrete using wooden molds, Wild South interns will learn more about Hellbender reproductive behavior and populations. Elusive and ancient Eastern Hellbender salamanders are the largest salamander in the entire western hemisphere and live right here in our backyard!  They are incredibly unique and fascinating species that require…

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ghghThe summer of 2012 brought us four talented and enthusiastic students who helped us expand our efforts across the South to protect wildlife and imperiled habitats while educating people and strengtheing our relationships with scientists and land managers.

 

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Our 2011 interns enjoy a sunny afternoon prior to an outreach event in Blowing Rock. From left to right: Allison Holloway, Tracy Davids, Giorgia Auteri, Tawnee Milko, and Janice Barrett.  

Giorgia Auteri

I started my internship at Wild South after graduating from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Allison Holloway

I began interning for Wild South the summer before my last semester at UNC-Asheville.

Tawnee Milko

Tawnee is pursuing her Master of Environmental Management degree at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment.

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