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The North Carolina mountains provide habitats to wildlife found nowhere else in the state. This wildlife includes the Appalachian cottontail, Carolina northern flying squirrel, brook trout, Virginia big-eared bat, and hellbender. While none of these species are endangered at the moment, air pollution and encroaching development are among threats they face.
Steve Atkins of Fox Cove Photography joined other birders in Western North Carolina after news of a snowy owl in the area spread like wildfire. The owl had just migrated from the arctic and was weak as a result. A bird rehabilitator captured the bird and is caring for the animal until it is well enough to be released.
The Nature Center in Asheville has been in operation for 39 years and has a plan to create a larger wildlife park by 2020. The author presents the successes and future plans of the habitat.