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

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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 mugs featuring the elusive Rusty Patched…

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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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Where to Search for Rusty Patched Bumble Bees

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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Women of the Sipsey

Donate to The Women of the Sipsey Campaign For the past two years, Wild South has honored individuals who were leaders in the Sipsey Wilderness expansion campaign. Our first honorees were John Randolph, 2014, and Congressman Ronnie Flippo, 2015. This year, Wild South will celebrate and honor a special group of women who made the…

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Choosing Extinction: An Inconvenient Species

Choosing Extinction: An Inconvenient Species By Taylor Barnhill Last spring, North Carolina’s Wildlife Resources Commission petitioned the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) to end its red wolf reintroduction program and to declare the red wolf extinct in the wild. The FWS is considering the state’s petition and first announced it would rule by the…

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Save the Land and Water Conservation Fund Today!

This is a critical moment in the future of America’s wild places. The Land and Water Conservation Fund, one of the most successful conservation programs in history, has been cut and we need Congress to reinstate it before it’s too late. Please send an email (see below) or call to your Senator and Representative today…

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Public Comment Deadline December 15 on Pisgah-Nantahala Management Plan

The forests need your voice! Comment deadline December 15 The mountains in Western North Carolina are home to the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, which offer endless opportunities for recreation, solitude, conservation, and scenic values.   Currently the United States Forest Service is revising their management plan for these lands.  The new plan not only encompasses…

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Wild South’s Campaign for Wildlife and Wilderness Champions

Wild South Invites YOU to be a Wildlife and Wilderness Champion Donate – Become A Champion Today This fall, Wild South is launching our Campaign for Wildlife and Wilderness Champions. Our mission is to inspire people to enjoy, value and protect the wild character and natural legacy of the South. We want you to be a part…

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