• Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the national park.

    Great Smoky Mountains

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Resource Roundup: Summer, 2010

Issue 8 > Resource roundup
Caterpillar dangling over trail.

A caterpillar dangles over a trail on the way to a rare plant monitoring site in the Smokies.

NPS photo.

Air quality

  • Wacky weather through the summer
  • How much is too much? Air to water pollution

Cultural resources

  • The science of history: Teacher workshops
  • Archeology field school


  • Fire & GPS training
  • Canadian Top burn in Little Cataloochee
  • Fire interpretation workshop coming soon!


  • What does acidic deposition do to stream life?
  • Removing rainbows
  • Fish genetics

Inventory & monitoring

  • Successful searches for wetlands
  • Firefly frenzy
  • Abrams Creek Algae Update
  • Hurray for the herbarium!
  • Invertebrate Extravaganza
  • All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory Update
  • Plotting Fraser Fir


  • Emerald Ash Borer found in TN
  • Hosts help intercept invasive Emerald Ash Borer
  • Volunteers finish the first Adopt-a-Trap season
  • Spruce fir moss spider
  • Greenhouse going again (almost)
  • Beech plots
  • Exotics work: Cable Cove and Hazel Creek
  • Treating hemlocks
  • Monitoring Fraser Fir
  • Coltsfoot: a new invader in the park
  • New website helps managers keep an eye out for forest pests
  • Invasive kudzu is a major source of surface level ozone pollution
  • Thousand Cankers Disease found in TN


  • NPS White-Nose Syndrome Webinars Successful
  • New bat exhibit at Sugarlands Visitor Center!
  • Bat research and tracking

Other news

  • Exposed! The wild world of worms on crayfish
  • New Chief of Resource Management and Science
  • Hungry, hungry exotic earthworms
  • Trees and bees: citizen scientists at work in the field
  • Gone to the Gulf
  • Replacing rocks

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Did You Know?

Great Horned Owls can be heard most often in January and February

More than 240 species of birds have been found in the park. Sixty species are year-round residents. Nearly 120 species breed in the park, including 52 species from the neo-tropics. Many other species use the park as an important stopover and foraging area during their semiannual migration. More...