Winter Road Status
During winter, roads in the park may close due to snow and ice, especially at night when water from melting refreezes on roads. For road status information please call (865) 436-1200 ext. 631 or follow road updates at http://twitter.com/SmokiesRoadsNPS. More »
Dispatches from the Field > Missing species
We hear a lot about plants and animals in peril: species at risk from extinction, species whose habitat we are changing. We don't hear as much about species that we have already lost: plants and animals that are missing, either because we just don't know where to look for them, or because they are extinct and have disappeared from our park--or the world--for good.
As part of a "Park Investigators File: Missing Species" project, students from Pi Beta Phi Elementary & Middle School in Tennessee and Robbinsville High School in North Carolina created artist renditions of these missing species.
Peruse the profiles below to remember species missing from our skies, forests, riparian areas, and food webs.
Kyle W, Robbinsville High School.
Missing from our skies: Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis)
Drawing by Jordan W, Robbinsville High School, North Carolina.
Missing from our forests: Fox squirrel (Sciurus niger)
Drawing by Sasha M., Robbinsville High School student.
Missing from our streams, wetlands, & riparian areas: Williamson's emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora williamsoni)
Artwork by Rhonda H., Robbinsville High School, North Carolina.
Missing from our food web: Red wolf (Canis rufus)
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Did You Know?
What lives in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Although the question sounds simple, it is actually extremely complex. Right now scientists think that we only know about 17 percent of the plants and animals that live in the park, or about 17,000 species of a probable 100,000 different organisms.