There are skies and then there are Blue Ridge Parkway skies. The southern end of the parkway in North Carolina winds through the highest elevations, offering dramatic mountain top views. When photographer Robert Stephens chanced upon this scene at Bear Trap Gap, he said “It almost felt like an out of body experience. You can't believe what you're seeing, but it's there! I was so in awe of the...
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There are skies and then there are Blue Ridge Parkway skies The
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Here’s a moment of zen: Sunset on the first day of summer at Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts. Video by National Park Service.
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Today, the new Federal and Junior Duck Stamps go on sale -- a day that hunters, birders, conservationists and stamp collectors look forward to every year. Since 1934, program has protected or restored nearly 6 million acres of habitat for birds and other wildlife. Check out more cool facts about our country's oldest conservation effort: on.doi.gov/DuckStamp
Today the new Federal and Junior Duck Stamps go on sale a
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The sound of water babbling in a stream. Sunlight streaming through tall trees. The rich smell of the misty forest drifting on the air. Find your perfect nature moment at Olympic National Park in Washington. Photo by Adam Jewell (.
The sound of water babbling in a stream Sunlight streaming through tall
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Volcanic peaks, evergreen forests, and its incredibly blue water are some of the main attractions at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. But very little was known about what lies beneath these clear waters … until now. Recently, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mapped the lake bottom to shed light on the geology, geomorphology and geologic history of Crater Lake: [ On.doi.gov Link ]. Photo by...
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Volcanic peaks evergreen forests and its incredibly blue water are some of
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Thanks to decades of conservation efforts by state, tribal, federal and private partners, the Yellowstone grizzly bear has rebounded. In 1975, there were as few as 136 bears, and today the population is at an estimated 700. Today, Interior announced that the Yellowstone grizzly bear has recovered and no longer needs protection under the Endangered Species Act. More about this #WildlifeWin:...
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Thanks to decades of conservation efforts by state tribal federal and private
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Within sight of New York City skyscrapers, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is an 18,000-acre wetland estuary surrounded by the Rockaway Peninsula to the south, Brooklyn to the west, and Queens to the east. An area almost equal to the size of Manhattan, the bay consists of numerous islands, a labyrinth of waterways, meadowlands and two freshwater ponds. The refuge provides an accessible and unique...
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Within sight of New York City skyscrapers Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is
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The longest day of the year, the summer solstice is when the sun reaches the most northern point of its migration: the Tropic of Cancer. The farther north you go, the more sunlight you get. Believe it or not, this gorgeous shot of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Alaska was taken at midnight a few summers ago. Photo by Gareth Blakemore (.
The longest day of the year the summer solstice is when the
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#DidYouKnow: The Federal Duck Stamp is one of the oldest conservation efforts. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act into law in 1934 to protect wetlands that are vital to the survival of migratory waterfowl. Since that first stamp, sales to hunters, birders and stamp collectors have raised more than $950 million to help clean water, enhance outdoor...
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DidYouKnow The Federal Duck Stamp is one of the oldest conservation efforts
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Happy first day of summer from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Photo by Manish Mamtani (.
Happy first day of summer from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
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Whoa! Check out this great shot of a double rainbow at Yosemite National Park in California. Photo from Tunnel View by National Park Service.
Whoa Check out this great shot of a double rainbow at Yosemite
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It’s National Pollinator Week -- a time to celebrate the hardworking animals that help pollinate an estimated 75 percent of our flowering plants and crops. Without hummingbirds, bats, bees, beetles, butterflies, and flies, we’d have fewer fruits, vegetables and nuts (not to mention chocolate and coffee) -- all of which depend on pollinators. Photo of a hummingbird at Don Edward San Francisco...
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Its National Pollinator Week a time to celebrate the hardworking animals that
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Today we’re celebrating our national bird, the bald eagle, for American Eagle Day. On June 20, 1782, the bald eagle was placed at the center of the Great Seal of the United States and remains a symbol of our proud country. After a dramatic recovery, bald eagles are found in every state but Hawaii, soaring high and inspiring the nation. Photo from the Gulkana Wild and Scenic River in Alaska by...
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Today were celebrating our national bird the bald eagle for American Eagle
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From lush rain forest to steaming lava lake, hiking on the Kīlauea Iki trail at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is an amazing experience. The crater itself is a stark, gray landscape of rocky hills that slope down to a floor paved with cooled, hardened lava. The main attraction is Pu‘u Pua‘i (gushing hill), a volcanic cone created during a large eruption in 1959. Photo by Rick Vega (.
From lush rain forest to steaming lava lake hiking on the Kīlauea
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On this day in 1865, Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were freed more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This day is commemorated as Juneteenth and helps spread the message of freedom and democracy for all. Learn more: [ On.doi.gov Link ]
On this day in 1865 Union soldiers landed in Galveston Texas with
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Sometimes you just need to get away. Here’s a brilliant sunrise from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to kick off your week. Photo courtesy of Chris Militzer.
Sometimes you just need to get away Heres a brilliant sunrise from
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Happy Father’s Day! There’s nothing better than sharing a special moment with dad on your public lands. Rick Scalf and his dad were photographing sunrise at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado when a rainbow started to appear. “We began shooting the scene in true amazement as this complete rainbow unfolded before our eyes.” Photo by Rick Scalf (.
Happy Fathers Day Theres nothing better than sharing a special moment with
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The natural beauty of public lands can stop you in your tracks. When you see the amazing landscapes and stunning sunsets at Badlands National Park in South Dakota, you’ll remember it for the rest of your life. Photo by Donna Schneider (.
The natural beauty of public lands can stop you in your tracks
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On a moonless night, Old Faithful puts on quite a show as the fountain of water reaches for the stars. Photo at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming by the National Park Service.
On a moonless night Old Faithful puts on quite a show as
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It’s World Sea Turtle Day -- a perfect chance to share this video of a baby sea turtle release. This release of Kemp's ridley hatchings from Padre Island National Seashore in Texas is just one example of how the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are aiding the recovery of these magnificent animals. Sea turtles can live for decades and swim thousands of miles in their...
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