Biodiversity In Your Backyard: Reptiles

Guest post by Emma Dawson The Southeastern United States is home to a variety of reptile species, some of which you’ve probably seen in real life! In fact, in 2016 the area was named the world’s 36th biodiversity hotspot. Reptiles are an important part of this biodiversity. Lizards, turtles, snakes, and crocodiles are scaly animals […]

The Legacy of Longleaf Pine

Guest post by Amber Skinner Have you ever wondered where the term “tar heel”, a common nickname for North Carolinians, came from? For centuries North Carolina residents collected tar from trees, and then they’d be covered in the messy substance: hence the name. The tar, however, came from a very special type of tree known […]

Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) cones, multiple, brown - Davie, Florida, USA

Climate Change Is Making Hurricanes Worse

Guest post by Nataly Perez Manrique Hurricanes are the United States’ deadliest and costliest natural disasters. Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey are the costliest hurricanes on record. They both resulted in approximately $125 billion worth of damages, and over 1,500 fatalities. Hurricanes also pose the biggest threat to coastal residents. As of 2010, 39% of the […]

a boat rests on top of a pier after a hurricane

9 Facts You Didn’t Know About Wetland Forests

Guest post by Nataly Perez Manrique Wetland forests are swamps. They’re areas where water floods the soil. This can either be during the whole year or varying periods of time throughout the year. Swamps are one of the most productive ecosystems in the world. They’re comparable to coral reefs and rainforests. They support wildlife and […]

a clump of pitcher plants, found exclusively in wetland forests

A Critical Update in the Fight for Okefenokee Swamp

One of the first acts by former President Trump after he was newly elected was to issue an executive order to roll back protections afforded by the Clean Water Act of 1972. Seemingly overnight, the incredibly complex question of what constitutes the waters of the US (WOTUS) became the jurisdiction of Georgia’s modest Environmental Protection […]