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NATURE MASKS — An Appalachian Cottontail mask is part of a WNC special species masks now available from the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.

Make a fashion statement while supporting conservation in WNC with a line of masks from the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.

The masks cost $20, include a filter pocket and come in three sizes: adult large, adult small and youth. The masks feature five unique, threatened or endangered species native to WNC.

Honey Bee: The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by humans. One honey bee would have to fly three times around the globe to make 1 pound of honey.

Star Nosed Mole: Their nose isn’t actually used for smelling, but actually to feel around and hunt for prey.

Appalachian Cottontail: Due to their eyes slightly protruding from their head, cottontails have almost 360 degree vision. There is a slight blind spot of about 10 degrees directly in front of them.

Northern Saw Whet Owl: This owl is endemic to the Spruce Fir Forest of the Appalachian region. They’re about the size of the palm of your hand.

• Golden-winged Warbler: Golden-winged Warblers are neotropical migratory songbirds whose populations have been in decline. In the Southern Appalachian mountains, they nest and breed at high elevations, then migrate to Central and South America in the winter.

To order the masks online, go to appalachian.org and click on “gift shop” at the top of the page.

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