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The Carolina Northern Flying Squirrel: Our Sky Island Sentinel
July 5, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pmFree
Susan Cameron will speak on the Carolina northern flying squirrel, the “sky island sentinel,” at the Discover Natural Transylvania program in the Transylvania County Library Rogow Room on Thursday, July 5, at 6:30pm. The Carolina northern flying squirrel is a Pleistocene relict that inhabits high elevation forests of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Listed as endangered in 1985, this seldom seen, nocturnal glider faces many threats including legacy effects from destructive logging that occurred from the late 1800s into the early 1900s and habitat loss as a result of a changing climate. This talk will cover recent monitoring and research efforts and plans to restore spruce-fir forests the species needs to survive. Cameron is a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Asheville Field Office where she works on terrestrial species of the southern Appalachian Mountains including small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds. Her primary duties entail working with partners to recover federally listed endangered and rare species. Upcoming Discover Natural Transylvania programs will feature one of Transylvania’s hidden gems, the Southern Highlands Reserve, in August and a look at Transylvania skies with PARI astronomer and educator Dr. Robert Hayward in September. These free programs are supported by the Friends of the Library. Light refreshments are provided. For additional information contact Marcy at 828-884-1820 or email@example.com.