Ochlawaha Bog bird survey, March 2012
Southern Appalachian mountain bogs are one of the rarest habitats in North America and home to several endangered species. While much work has gone into studying bog communities, little work has been specifically targeted at learning more about the use of this habitat by birds.

To help develop that body of knowledge, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologists recently visited Ochlawaha Bog, in North Carolina’s Henderson County to conduct the first known bird survey of the site. The effort turned up 29 species – including numerous songbirds; three species of waterfowl; and two species of shorebirds, including a nesting American woodcock.

Ochlawaha Bog has been the site of recent, and successful, efforts to protect and restore the bog, thanks largely to a tight partnership including the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, N.C. Plant Conservation Program, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and others.
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