Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for Wildlife in North Carolina Vol. 71 Issue 7, July 2007
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The Wildlife Action Plan was created by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to address conservation needs of the state over the next decade. In this third of a five-part series, the authors discuss how the plan is being implemented in the state's Piedmont region. This region contains a vast array of wildlife habitat that must be protected from haphazard development.
Eastern fox squirrels are the largest tree squirrels in the western hemisphere, weighing up to three pounds and having a body the size of a house cat. They are also strikingly colored in silver, gray, and black. In North Carolina they are an uncommon species, and development has taken much of their habitat in the longleaf pine forests of the Southeastern Coastal Plain. For that reason the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program has placed them on its watch list.
The Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education, located on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, is the third installment of regional wildlife centers. The other centers are in the mountains and at the coast and are operated by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Each center is tailored to a specific region, and each center has a unique mission.
Cameron discusses the nineteen species of the diverse family known as gulls that have been found in the state. The slaty-backed gull, however, is listed by the Carolina Bird Club as provisionally accepted. The herring, glaucous, Iceland, and Bonaparte gulls are among the nineteen species.