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The wild east initiative acknowledges that what makes the trail special is the landscape around it, an interconnected tapestry of plants, animals, waterways, geography, and sky.

The Sky Begins at Your Feet

The wild east initiative acknowledges that what makes the trail special is the landscape around it, an interconnected tapestry of plants, animals, waterways, geography, and sky.

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By Matt Drury

Shortleaf Pine

There has been a dramatic decline of shortleaf pine forests and associated habitats that once covered a vast area from eastern Texas to Florida and up the eastern seaboard to New Jersey; in pure stands or in mixed shortleaf pine/oak savanna ecosystems, they grew on more than 280 million acres.

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By Marina Richie

Wild Skyway

Wherever you are on the Appalachian Trail, birds offer sweet companionship. Yet, as hiker numbers soar, bird populations tumble.

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The Search for Bicknell's Thrush

A Song at Dawn

Nick Lund of Maine Audubon shares his face-to-face encounter with one of the rarest (and most elusive!) birds in the country.

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A Premier Migration Range

What Soars Above Kittatinny Ridge

The 125 miles of the Appalachian Trail that follow Pennsylvania’s Kittatinny Ridge see an incredible amount of hawk and eagle migrations.

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Appalachian Balds are for the Birds

The iconic bald mountains along the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee are significant to the future of migratory and resident birds.

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By Amanda Wheelock

A Wonder in Winter

A.T. adventurer Amanda Wheelock explains why hiking the Trail during the Winter can be a magical experience.

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By Marina Richie

Can the A.T. Save Birds in Peril?

With bird populations decreasing throughout North America, could natural havens like the Appalachian Trail make the difference between survival and extinction?

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