Biodiversity in Your Backyard: Autumn Edition

There’s a certain mystery to autumn here in Western North Carolina. Most mornings, as the sun rises, the fog settles in for a few hours. Of all of the seasons, I probably love fall the most. There’s just something about being able to go outside, crunch some leaves, and watch stuff change. This month, we’ll […]

BOOdiversity In Your Backyard: Spooky Season

Another turn around the sun brings us to my favorite time of the year: fall! It’s no secret that autumn is the best: with color-changing trees, wild swings in weather, and most importantly: Halloween! Even though many places aren’t doing the usual Halloween festivities this year because of COVID-19, there are still ways to safely […]

Biodiversity in your Backyard: Birds

Welcome back to the biodiversity in your backyard series! This week, we’ll be taking a closer look at our feathered friends — the birds. The United States is a huge, incredibly diverse place, especially when it comes to birds. Luckily for you, I’ve lived on both coasts and in the midwest, so I’ve got a […]

Biodiversity in Your Backyard: Butterflies

One of my favorite things about spring is the return of the butterflies. Some trees are starting to leaf and flower. You might see a few grasshoppers or small beetles, and then one sunny day, you see your first butterfly. Butterflies, like most insects, are pollinators. Although they don’t have pollen sacs like many species […]

New Maps Show 1.9 Million Acres At Risk From Enviva Lucedale

Wetland forests span 35 million acres across the US South, as both majestic, long stretching swamps and simple buffers around our rivers and streams. Wetland forests provide nearby towns and cities with clean water, flood prevention, and recreational opportunities. New maps released by the Wetland Forest Initiative identify wetland forests in need of conservation by […]

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