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Forest fire. Credit: Egor Vikhrev on Unsplash

Jan 16, 2024

Climate Change May Make Wildfires Larger, More Common in Southern Appalachian Region

Extreme and frequent droughts will mean more forest burned by wildfire in the southern Appalachians. 

photo shows an adult male turkey in profile

Dec 13, 2023

Study Overturns Conventional Wisdom About Wild Turkey Nesting Survival

The findings shed new light on how climate change may affect wild turkey populations. 

Christmas tree farm in Avery County just outside Newland.

Dec 1, 2023

3 Benefits of Genetically Improved Christmas Trees

NC State researchers are working to develop “elite” Fraser fir trees that look better, grow faster and retain their needles longer. 

woolly adelgid

Sep 18, 2023

Canopy Gaps Help Eastern Hemlock Outlast Invasive Insect

Gaps in the forest canopy help eastern hemlocks withstand infestation by the woolly adelgid. 

Forest fire. Credit: Egor Vikhrev on Unsplash

Aug 14, 2023

Climate Change Is Increasing Wildfire Risks for Forests. What Can We Do About It?

An NC State researcher's work not only offers a glimpse at what wildfire risks might look like under climate change, but also offers insight into the costs and benefits of solutions for mitigating those risks. 

House wren

Aug 14, 2023

For Two Backyard Bird Species, More Light Pollution Is Linked to Lower Survival

New findings led by NC State researchers could be important to whether backyard birds will thrive as urbanization expands. 

Elm zigzag sawfly

Aug 1, 2023

Researchers Tracking New Invasive Insect

NC State researchers are tracking a new invasive insect: the elm zigzag sawfly. 

A turkey hen and her babies.

Jul 13, 2023

Timing of Turkey Nesting May Not Shift With Changing Climate

A new study led by NC State researchers finds eastern wild turkeys in the South are unlikely to make meaningful changes in the timing of when they begin nesting, even under climate change. 

Hatched turkey eggs

Jul 13, 2023

Secrets of Wild Turkey Nesting Revealed

The Abstract spoke to an NC State wildlife expert to learn some of the basics of wild turkey nesting. 

Spruce weevil

Jul 10, 2023

Study Reveals How a Tall Spruce Develops Defense Against Hungry Weevils

Findings from a new study could help researchers breed genetically improved Sitka spruce trees resistant to a nibbling insect. 

Aerial view of South Florida

Jun 27, 2023

New Tool Maps South Florida Fire Risk Pixel by Pixel

NC State researchers designed a computer model, "FireHydro," to allow fire managers to map fire risk in South Florida on a day-to-day basis. 

Eastern cottontail

Jun 8, 2023

During ‘Anthropause,’ Animals Moved More Freely

A new study suggests animals were able to move more freely during COVID-19 lockdowns. 

Red fox

May 30, 2023

How Linked Data, Artificial Intelligence Could Help Animals

An NC State researcher describes the possibilities for using the "the internet of animals" to help with animal conservation and research. 

NC State gateway at sunset

May 8, 2023

Helping Migratory Birds Travel More Safely

NC State researchers are working to characterize the risk of window or building collisions for migratory birds. 

Shasta Lake during a drought in California.

Mar 23, 2023

Drought, Heat Waves Worsen West Coast Air Pollution Inequality

Drought and heat waves could make air pollution worse for communities that already have a high pollution burden in California, a study led by NC State researchers found.