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Ranger Knowledge

State park rangers always get questions, and with their training in the outdoors and managing natural resources, they usually have the answers or can find them right away. Here, our rangers answer some of the questions they’re frequently asked and take on topics that can expand your knowledge of the natural world.

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Here Fishy, Fishy

On this episode, we examine how fish are unique to the animal world, we talk about some program activities that you can try out in your free time, and teach you how to catch some fish on your next park adventure!

Night Sounds; A hikers and campers guide to nature's nightlife

On the Ask a Ranger Podcast this month, we are going on a virtual hike and answering the question of “What’s that noise!?”  The sounds that we hear around us in the forest always evoke curiosity and wonder, but sometimes the sounds at night can add a bit of wariness. To help dispel some of the worry, let’s dissect the night and learn a little about nature’s nightlife. To hear the sounds for each animal, click on this link and listen to our Ask a Ranger Podcast:

Winter Wonderland

Ranger Crystal braved the brisk Falls Lake State Recreation Area winter to interview some of our animal pals and find out how they survive a North Carolina winter. You can listen in to this podcast interview here:  
In the following Ask a Ranger article, we offer you a fun biography of each of the winter pals Ranger Crystal interviewed.