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Ecology and wonder on a barrier island

Assateague Island is a 37-mile-long barrier island located off the coasts of Maryland and Virginia. It stretches to about two miles at its widest and only a quarter mile at its narrowest end. Its very name conjures images of wild horses galloping…
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by: Mark Hendricks – September 15, 2017

Saving the Shenandoah Salamander

Government agencies are coming together to protect the small amphibian, which is only found in Shenandoah National Park

Deep within the ancient Appalachian mountains of Shenandoah National Park lies a creature that can only be found on three of its highest peaks, the fittingly named Shenandoah salamander (Plethodon shenandoah). This rare black and orange salamander, which is a remnant of…
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by: Mark Hendricks – July 6, 2017

Delmarva Fox Squirrel Continues to Do Well a Year After Endangered Species Act Delisting

Biologists are monitoring the species under a five-year post-delisting plan to ensure population remains stable

On a chilly early spring morning, in the remote swamps of the picturesque Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, a team of biologists and volunteers are trekking through mud and water to gather data on a rare species found nowhere else but within the…
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by: Mark Hendricks – February 6, 2017

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