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In the extreme environment of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, traces of the past linger longer than in other places. The footpaths of ancient peoples are still carved onto the desert floor, as are several miles of irrigation canals built during the time of the Hohokam. Today, we are studying how animals use the landscape. Activated by temperature and motion, wildlife camera traps are providing valuable information about the habits, distribution, and diversity of mammals in the park—like this desert cottontail. #nativeamericanheritagemonth #parkscience #nationalmonument #wildlife #hohokam #extremetemperatures #southwest #mammals #ecosystemhealth #diversity #desertcottontail #organpipecactus #organpipecactusnationalmonument @organpipenps
Many Sonoran Desert Network units protect precious cultural resources-- but the natural environment is usually an equally significant part of the story. At Montezuma Castle National Monument, cliff dwellings overlook the perennial waters of Beaver Creek, a sight both beautiful and vital to the Sinagua people who inhabited this oasis for over 400 years. Our ecologists monitor streamflow, water quality, and other measures to track change on this tributary, which remains important to local residents today. Read about our recent findings at http://www.nps.gov/articles/mctz_sodn_climateh20.htm photo:NPS/S. Hart @montezumanps #watermonitoring #nativeamericanheritagemonth #waterquality #channelmorphology #riparianvegetation #fish #macroinvertebrates #ruins #cliffdwellings #arizona #nationalparkservice #parkscience #nationalmonument
Water is precious in the desert. At Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Apache Spring was a center of conflict between the Chiricahua Apache and the U.S. Military. The spring was located along a major travel route and was a key water source in the area. Today, our ecologists monitor long-term trends in water quality and flow for this historically important resource. Learn more about the history of Apache Spring at http://go.nps.gov/ApachePassReport #water #parkscience #nationalhistoricsite #nationalparkservice #arizona #spring #apachespring #treeroots #beautiful #highqualityphoto
What do an eagle and this columbine have in common? Besides both being majestic, they share a name. The scientific name of columbine is Aquilegia, which in Latin means eagle. Why call it that? The spurs of this flower were thought to look like the talons of an eagle. Columbines, found throughout the northern hemisphere, come in a range of colors. The next time you see one of these beauties, take a close look and see it it reminds you of its namesake. #parkscience #wildlifewednesday #plants #columbine #utah #colorado #nps #nationalpark #eagle
Every time Gracie moves wildlife, Ranger Mark records how many animals were moved, how long it took to move them, where they went, and how long they stayed out of the area. This helps us evaluate the effectiveness of the program and learn about wildlife habits. The data show that in the park headquarters area, the deer have four established “escape routes” they favor when heading into the woods. Watch as this deer stops to decide which way to go, then heads to the left, toward the woods and one of those routes. Turning to the right would have taken it away from Gracie, but further into the housing area. This is an example of the program working as it’s intended. When pressured from a distance, the deer decides that the more comfortable place to be is in the woods, instead of further inside the populated area. 🐾🦌 #parkscience #barkrangergracie #barkranger #whitetail #keepwildlifewild@glaciernps @glacierconservancy @wind_river_bear_institute #workingbordercollie #workingdogsofig #glaciernationalpark #glacier
At Chiricahua National Monument SODN ecologists monitor diverse plant communities, including grasslands, deciduous and evergreen forests, and scrublands. Across the Sonoran Desert and Apache Highlands, ancestral women gathered plants for food and herbal medicines, while men hunted large game based on seasonal migration patterns. #herbalmedicine #huntersandgatherers #nativeamericanheritagemonth #vegetation #parkscience #mountains #science #nationalmonuments #nationalparkservice #arizona #adventure #beautiful #rockformations #balancingact @chiricahua_nps
Sonoran Sunday! Cutie patootie! 📷: @sonorandesertnps ・・・ This coatimundi was spotted while conducting surveys at Chiricahua National Monument. Coatis are larger than raccoons and are known for their long tails. They enjoy digging in soil and leaf litter to search for insects and grubs. #coatimundi #coati #animals #parkscience
Time flies. I can’t believe that I’m going to graduate soon. I can still clearly remember the time when I first started here as that ignorant, timid girl standing in front of Park Science Building. This is the lab that I’ve worked in; these are the people that I’ve worked with; this is the professor that I always admire; this is the work that I’ve done. I love that round bottom flask with crystals on the wall😘 I love everything here in my lab at Bryn Mawr❤️❤️❤️ #brynmawr #parkscience #chemistry #research #orgo #lab #love #science #graduation #acs
#galatasaray #sutyen #ask #sihirlisutyen #igersgs #parkscience #plants #birds #botany #yenisezon ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✪✪ Photo by: @jappern ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✦ Selected by: @marwank33 ✦ Valid Tag: #Main_Vision#jappern_mainvision#SuperHubs #SHxxx_hub
A new weekly feature: petrified wood! After all, it is the original reason for this site to be set aside in 1906. This week's petrified wood is a closeup of some of the well-nicknamed rainbow wood. The colors come from trace compounds such as iron and manganese oxides. (hl) #parkscience #fossil #PetrifiedForest #petrifiedwood
Yesterday's prescribed fire at the Mulberry Bend Overlook was a great success thanks to ideal conditions and several partners. The forest area was too wet to burn, but the prairie portions of the property burned as predicted without incident. Fire professionals from the NPS Midwest Region, the NPS Black Hills Fire Crew, Yankton Bureau of Indian Affairs, members of the Conservation Corps, and Missouri National Recreational River staff all collaborated to complete this fire safely. #prescribedfire #prairieburn #habitat #landmanagement #firefighting #controlledburn #driptorch #restoration #prairie #parkscience #Parks101 #conservationcorps #midwestnps #nationalpark #november2017
Over 200 species of birds have been found in @ZionNPS , but just two species of bird's-beak (Cordylanthus) can be seen. These fall annuals have small pink and yellow flowers that resemble a beak. Around 20 different species of bird's-beak grow in western North America. #WildlifeWednesday #parkscience #plants #botany #birds #flowers #utah
Do you smell something? The western hog-nosed skunk (Conepatus mesoleucus) is best identified by its all-white back, bare pink snout, and overall squat and chunky body structure. It uses that distinguishing snout, and the long claws on the forelimbs, to root for insects. Like all skunks, it employs a foul-smelling chemical spray to deter threats--so if you're lucky enough to encounter one of these, enjoy it from a distance! #wildlifewednesday @chiricahua_nps #parkscience #hognosedskunk #skunk #desertwildlife #wildlifecamera #sonorandesert
Mulberry Bend Overlook will get some fire tomorrow (Wednesday). Conditions are looking good for a fire that will help improve the native vegetation on the Mulberry Bend property. Prescribed fire helps recycle nutrients back to soil and promotes new plant growth. This property will eventually give visitors a window into what the land adjacent to the Missouri River was like when American Indians, explorers, and fur traders experienced this landscape. Approximately 20 acres are planned for the burn, pending favorable weather conditions. #prescribedburn #firefighting #fire #conservation #parkscience #burning #prairie #wednesdays #missouiriver #nebraska #parks101 #FindYourPark
The Great House at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument was one of the largest prehistoric structures ever built in North America. Visitors to this small unit can view remnants of earthen buildings and learn about the ancient Sonoran Desert people. Climate and landbirds are some of what we monitor here--both can have important effects on archeological resources. #parkscience #casagranderuinsnationalmonument #sonorandesertnetwork #nativeamericanheritagemonth #desertlife #southwest
The park is well-known for its Triassic fossils, but a few Permian as well, represented by marine fossils within the Kaibab limestone in the river pebbles from the Triassic rivers. Since the Kaibab is missing below the Chinle at Petrified Forest but is found as the upper layer of the Grand Canyon, geologists infer that Triassic rivers were flowing from the west approximately 217 million years ago. Fossils from the marine Permian period include bryozoans, which are filter-feeding colonial invertebrates. (hl/am) #ScienceSaturday #parkscience
From a distance, a meadow of pink flowers. Up close, a thousand tiny elephant heads. Elephanthead lousewort (Pedicularis groenlandica) can be found in the western US, Canada, and Greenland. This enchanting species grows along streams and in meadows at higher elevations. #WildlifeWednesday (Okay, let's talk about the elephant in the room. Plants are not wildlife, but lots of plants look like animals or are named for them. Check back with us over the next few weeks to see more!) #parkscience #nps #plants #botany #flowers #pedicularis #elephant #mountains
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