Development and deforestation are increasing in North Carolina, meaning wildlife habitat loss and fragmentation are also on the rise. This has a huge impact on wildlife, particularly species that traverse the landscape to fulfill biological needs.  Take the elk noted for his unusual antlers that left his herd in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park…

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From the majestic swoop of a bald eagle clutching a fish in its talons to the awe-inspiring Great Smoky Mountains, nature is amazing and inspirational. Nature can be devastating as well.   The last decade has been the warmest on record for North Carolina, with 2019 registering as the hottest year yet. We are still recovering…

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Southern flounder historically supported North Carolina’s most valuable inshore commercial finfish fishery and remains a highly sought after recreational species.  This species has been overfished since at least 1989, and efforts to rebuild this population through a North Carolina Fishery Management Plan (FMP) have been ongoing since 2003 with little success. A sustainable southern flounder…

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The North Carolina Wildlife Federation, in cooperation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, is launching a habitat improvement program to help private landowners support wildlife on their property, including endangered species such as red wolves, while also meeting their land management goals The Prey for the Pack program is…

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Valdese Trees4Trash clean up.

Trees4Trash program challenge encourages residents to help wildlife, waterways and habitats by removing trash from their neighborhoods  The North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF) is hosting a statewide Trees4Trash (T4T) volunteer cleanup effort May 11-17, to help protect wildlife from trash ingestion, strangulation and entrapment. Click here to register for the Trees4Trash Neighborhood Challenge. “With COVID-19…

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NC deer and elk urine ban

North Carolina Wildlife Federation CEO, Tim Gestwicki, shared his thoughts on the NC Wildlife Resources Commission’s new rule to prevent people from spreading chronic wasting disease through deer and elk urine and excretion. The new rule states: No person may possess or use any substance or material that contains or claims to contain any excretion…

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Earlier this week we started shoreline and vegetation restoration of an eroding Great Blue Heron rookery located on one of Lake Norman’s most exposed islands. The stabilization project will help conserve Heron Island, an ecologically significant and diminishing wildlife habitat. The islands are natural resources and sanctuaries for wildlife as shore front property has been…

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