Species

SPECIES UPDATE – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

UPDATED September 12, 2018: As of September 2018, within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (a UNESCO-MAB World Heritage Site), the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory has identified 1000 species new to science and 9408 species new to the park. In total to date, there are 10408 species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This […]

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Share My Admiration for the Periodical Cicada

I’ve always felt a special fondness for the remarkable Periodical Cicada (genus Magicicada). The life history of this small critter is compelling with populations only appearing to us at 13 year or 17 year intervals. In May of 2008, I was fortunate to have witnessed the emergence of the 17-Year Periodical Cicada. They were identified […]

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Elk Reintroduction in the Smokies

DID YOU KNOW: This little male elk calf is a member of an elk  population making a comeback. As a result of over-hunting and habitat loss, this native species was nearing extinction throughout the Appalachian mountains and eastern United States. By 1900’s it was feared that the elk was nearing extinction throughout all of North […]

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Wildlife Photography Part 1 – Code of Ethics

Whether you’re out hiking in the backcountry or sightseeing from your car, having a chance encounter with wildlife is a magnificent and treasured moment. Watching little elk calves speed running zigzag among the herd or glimpsing a bear munching on glacier lilies are sights that captivate and inspire us all. – Deb For many however, […]

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