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The Lure of the Cheesecake Trout

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If you have caught a 12+ inch trout in Western North Carolina, chances are pretty good that it was raised at the NC Wildlife Resources Commission’s (WRC) Bobby N Setzer fish hatchery in… Continue reading

Appalachia’s Smartest Winter Wildlife

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By Daniel Manget All it takes is one January walk in the Appalachian woods to make one ask the question, “how on earth can wildlife live out here all the time?”  Most of… Continue reading

Making a Case for the Caddisfly

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  By Daniel Manget   The hermit crab outgrows its shell and finds a new one; but it doesn’t design and build it himself, it just finds a new one when once it’s… Continue reading

The Riddle of the Remaining Leaves

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By Daniel Manget   As the excitement and energy of spring starts creeping up the mountain, we say goodbye to winter with its dull hues, long shadows, and distant leafless views that makes one… Continue reading

Revealing Fall’s True Colors

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By Daniel Manget It is that time of year again.  Time to prepare for the “big sleep” of winter, as with nature, and reflect upon all that has happened throughout the long eventful… Continue reading

Parasitic Flowering Plants of Appalachia

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By Daniel Manget     In late summer in the Southern Appalachians, the plants get so thick that traveling through the woods on anything other than a trail is almost out of the… Continue reading

Eft Up! The Magnetic life of the Red-Spotted Newt

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By Daniel Manget It’s the most common Salamander in North America but the only Newt east of the Mississippi.  It has to be one of the most charismatic and intriguing creatures in North… Continue reading

The Solar-Powered Salamander

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By Daniel Manget Yes, it’s as crazy as it sounds, a solar-powered Salamander, but not from solar panels but from Algae.  Green Algae and the Spotted Salamander Ambystoma maculatum have been known to have a… Continue reading

Daddy Darters: Responsible Father or Deceitful Womanizer?

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Of the 850+ species of freshwater fish in the United States and Canada, over half exist in Southern Appalachia and many of them are unique to this region alone.  One charismatic and colorful… Continue reading

Spring Wildflowers and Ants: Part 1 of The Evolutionary Best Buds Series

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Each spring ephemeral wildflowers burst through the forest floor to take advantage of plentiful sunlight and an abundance of pollinators but, there is one type of organism that is particularly excited to see… Continue reading

Ephemeral Wildflowers of Appalachia: Living the Rock N’ Roll lifestyle

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The Spring Wildflowers in the Appalachian Mountains are rebels and gamblers who are constantly playing the odds in order to gain a competitive advantage. In a region with so much diversity this is… Continue reading

Hello from the Historian

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I am a currently living in Athens, Georgia, where I am pursuing a PhD in history from the University of Georgia. Specializing in environmental history and Appalachian history, my dissertation fuses the two… Continue reading

Goodbye Winter! You were nice for a while.

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It is TIME! Spring Sprang!

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Welcome

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Welcome to The Southern Highlander.  My name is Daniel Manget, I am an Environmental Educator in the Asheville, NC area.  The reason I decided to create this site is because I couldn’t find… Continue reading