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The Sonoran Desert: a sharp, stunning, and species-rich region. Hardy vegetation and wildlife flourish here despite the extreme climate. The Sonoran Desert Network conducts scientific studies to learn more about this awe-inspiring region. Check out our new website at https://www.nps.gov/im/sodn. #parkscience #landscape #vegetation #mountains #skyisland #cholla #saguaro #boulder #organpipecactus
Happy #internationalwomensday ! Today we are celebrating the extraordinary careers of #womeninpublicservice across #Alaska ’s #NationalParks . Whether it’s monitoring the migration patterns of Alaska’s majestic Golden Eagles, rafting across remote lakes to sample water quality, or educating the next generation of park stewards, these are the women who redefine what it means to be passionate about National Parks. From first to last: 1. Hanna Rafferty, Park Guide, Fairbanks Interagency Visitor Center. 2. Sharon Kim, Chief of Resources, Kenai Fjords National Park. 3. Heather Coletti, Marine Ecologist, Southwest Alaska Network Inventory & Monitoring Program. 4. Amy Larsen, Aquatic Ecologist & Pilot, Arctic Inventory & Monitoring Program. 5. Carol McIntyre, Wildlife Biologist, Denali National Park & Preserve. 6. Mary Hake, Regional Wildlife Biologist. 7. Lee Reininghaus, Archaeologist, Wrangell St. Elias National Park & Preserve. 8. Hillary Robison, Wildlife Biologist, Western Arctic Parklands.
The renovation of the Park Science Building is really starting to come together. Great new public and private spaces for students, opening in the Fall. #brynmawrcollege #bmcbanter #postbac #parksciencebuilding #parkscience
Studying air quality in the national parks helps scientists to know what kinds of particles it contains, and in what concentrations. Plants, water, wildlife, and humans are all impacted by air pollution, and visibility is an important part of visitor experience in the national parks. With scientific data on park air quality, park managers can develop planning decisions and work with off-site emitters of pollutants to help stabilize or improve park air resources. @saguaronationalpark #airquality #sunset #desert #clouds #cholla #saguaro #blue #pink #red #yellow #orange #parkscience
Most people might think of animals when they hear invasive, endangered, or threatened, but those adjectives also apply to plants🍃🌺. Plant lover Terri Hogan works to protect and preserve the natural world for future generations by taking on the challenging task of managing the Invasive Plant Program at the National Park Service. Read on to learn more about Terri in this week’s #sciencedeskdigs . . I have always loved #plants 🌱❤️- they are so diverse, beautiful, and there is an amazing world you don’t see because it is either underground or too small. I spent many years in Tennessee working in the rare cedar glade communities, and while I was there I gained an even deeper appreciation for plants. For example, there is this #flower called Talium calcaricum or #fameflower that lives in that community. It is super tiny, has little tufts of leaves that store water and bright purple flowers, and it has to contend with hot and dry conditions. It grows in shallow pockets of soil on limestone. Open glades with limestone at the surface can be up to 30 degrees hotter than everything around them. The fameflower is also threatened by the Chinese privet which is an invasive species that invades the fringes of this community. I have so much respect for this plant and all plants for surviving such harsh conditions. . . #Ecology is complex, and all the organisms in an ecosystem are connected by this net that we don’t completely understand. Once an #invasivespecies takes hold it is very difficult to get rid of, so prevention and early detection followed by rapid action are key to managing invasives.‪ If you want to help prevent the spread of invasive species and keep natural ecosystems healthy there are simple steps you can take. Make sure your clothes and shoes are clean. #dontmovefirewood . Report invasive species sightings to a Ranger. Check out invasive removal volunteer activities in your area including national parks! Learn more at nps.gov/invasive #NISAW #ParkScience
An #invasivespecies is a non-native organism that causes or may cause harm to human, animal, plant, or environmental health. Some examples include Burmese pythons in Florida and feral hogs in Arkansas. Learn more at nps.gov/invasive 🐍🐷#NISAW #burmesepython #feralhogs #piglets #parkscience #nationalparks
👀 This harp seal found its way to the bike path near Frazer Point in Acadia National Park last week. The staff at Allied Whale at the College of the Atlantic were called and after checking on his health guided him back into the water. Harp seals are Arctic visitors who typically range from the Arctic south to Newfoundland and Labrador. In the past decade, they have increased their range further south to the US Eastern seaboard. Remember to stay clear and contact authorities if you see wildlife in distress or in an unusual situation! 🚴 @acadianps @alliedwhale @nationalparkservice #fypyes #harpseal #marinemammalstrandings #mainelife #mainething #parkscience #allgood #outforastroll
A true snapshot of the circle of life 🌎 This early blooming California poppy is rooted in soil mostly comprised of #chert , the colorful oceanic rock that makes up 50% of the #MarinHeadlands . . During the Jurassic period, chert was formed from the skeletons of carnivorous microscopic plankton, or radiolarian, deposited on the ocean floor. Small pieces of chert carry thousands of years of history: one millimeter of chert equals 1000 years of plankton death and deposition! #Geology #ParkScience #Biodiversity 📷: Gabriela Dunn NPS
I take pride in parking at difficult spots where the others shy away saying that it is too small a gap to park. No gap is too small if it is slightly bigger (read: half a foot more) than your car in length if you know every corner of your car. You don't need so much room to wiggle in and out. All you need is proper judgement and patience. That is why I always get a parking spot #learntopark #parkscience #notrocketscience #fun #skodafabia #vwcaddy #fiatpanda #fiat #skoda #vw #volkswagen #instadaily #instagram #igersitaly #igersitalia #igersczech #igersgermany #igersdeutschland #instagramhub #diesel #instagood #instagramers #igers #autos #cars #tdi #instamood #automobili #braunschweig #brunswick
Park Science! Schoodic Institute and Second Century Stewardship are advancing science at the AAAS annual meeting. Members of the Second Century Stewardship Initiative are leading three symposia this week in Austin, Texas. Nick Fisichelli (Schoodic Institute Director of Forest Ecology), Abe Miller-Rushing (NPS), and Suzanne Thurston (AAAS) are running a session on natural and cultural resource stewardship. SCS fellow, Abbey Paulson, will be talking about using environmental DNA (eDNA) to document biodiversity and inform management in parks during a symposium on applying conservation genetics. Finally, SCS (Abe-Miller-Rushing) is leading a session on using Big Data for conservation. #parkscience
#memoriesofsummer : This friendly #gartersnake was seen at Intermediate Lake during a paddling trip. One of the consequences of #isleroyale #nationalpark being an #isolatedisland is color dimorphism in its garter snakes. Researchers have determined colors range from black with creamy stripes to deep blue to red orange spots and stripes. 40% of island garter snakes exhibits extreme color variation. How long do you need to visit the island to start displaying your own color dimorphism? Thanks to @oreagle for sharing. Use #isleroyalenps for a chance to have your memories featured. #colordimorphism #islandreptiles #isleroyalewildlife #findyourwilderness #michiganforest #npsscience #parkscience #scienceresearch #sciencefriday #isleroyalerarebeauty #npsrarebeauty
On behalf of the Mojave Desert Network, these real life #WomenScientists are proud to represent International Day of Women & Girls in Science! This Day is a reminder that women and girls play a critical role in science and technology communities across the globe! Learn more about the science each of these women by following the link in our profile! #ParkScience #WomenInScience #CoolScienceJobs #WomenScienceDay
Caught a Northern long-eared bat in the park last night! Unfortunately he had pretty severe P. destructans growth which can be seen with the orange fluorescence on his wings. Luckily he’s a pretty healthy weight for mid/late winter, so hopefully he will be one of the lucky ones! . . #northernlongearedbat #myotisseptentrionalis #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark #ParkScience #research #gradschool #wildlife #wildlifephotography #science #smokies #getoutside #wildernessculture #doitforthebats #savethebats #batconservation #batconservationinternational #ig_nature #instagram #batsofinstagram #tennessee #tnwildlife #optoutside #unitedoutside #standupforscience #marchforscience #batbiology
This caterpillar is no ugly duckling--even in its larval stage, it's a work of art. Its job right now is to eat as much as it can as it prepares for adulthood. #metamorphosis #parkscience #utah #butterfly #caterpillar
Arizona’s state mammal, the ringtail, is elusive and nocturnal. These wide-eyed creatures have great eyesight and hearing, allowing them to inhabit caves and old mines, as well as other areas. Ringtails can climb vertical walls and are able rotate their back feet 180 degrees. Weighing only a couple pounds, these tiny creatures are about the same size a squirrel. Though sometimes referred to as “ringtail cats,” ringtails are actually related to raccoons and coatis. Like cats, however, they use their tails for balance. #arizona #state #mammal #ringtail #nocturnal #nationalpark #wildlifewednesday #parkscience
Capulin is a cinder cone volcano, but what does that mean? Cinder cones are the simplest form of volcano. They are built from particles of congealed lava ejected from a single vent. As the gas-charged lava is blown violently into the air, it breaks into small fragments that solidify and fall as cinders around the vent to form a circular cone. Most cinder cones have a bowl-shaped crater at the summit and rarely rise more than a thousand feet or so above their surroundings. #newmexicotrue #findyourpark #parkscience 📷: @dianagrace95
Are Glacier Bay's humpback #whales in decline? After a 30-year pattern of population growth, park biologists are noticing concerning trends for the species. Learn more on the Ocean Currents blog, link in our bio. #ParkScience #Wildlife #science
Wildlife Wednesday! Often residing in semi-desert grasslands, pronghorn antelope are the world’s fastest long-distance runners. Cheetahs are faster sprinters, but pronghorn have greater endurance, allowing them to run fast for longer periods of time. Both males and females have horns. On males, the horns are branched, giving them their distinctive “prongs.” Pronghorns survive on herbs, cacti, and desert grasses. Pronghorn antelope can be found in four of our network parks: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Montezuma Castle National Monument, Tonto National Monument, and Coronado National Memorial. The Sonoran pronghorn, an endangered subspecies, is found in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. @organpipenps @montezumanps @tontonps @coronado_nps #pronghornantelope #grasslands #desert #fast #longdistance #animals #beautiful #run #parkscience #wildlifewednesday
At lower elevations, fire in the Sonoran Desert can be devastating. Native plants that did not evolve with fire, like this saguaro, can be badly burned--sometimes beyond recovery. Always remember to put fires completely out--and if you want to help prevent wildfire, @saguaronationalpark has a monthly program to remove an invasive plant called buffelgrass. Under normal conditions, native desert plants are separated by gaps of open space. Buffelgrass fills in those spaces and catches fire easily. The result is an extremely hot fire that spreads quickly and can kill native vegetation not adapted to fire. Those plants, like this cactus, may then be replaced in the ecosystem by others, significantly changing desert plant communities. For more information, visit https://www.nps.gov/sagu/getinvolved/supportyourpark/monthly-buffelgrass-pull.htm #parkscience #onlyyoucanpreventwildfires #smokeybear #fire #burnedcacti #buffelgrass #saguaro #beatbackbuffelgrass #notinmydesert #firesafety
When the deer around park headquarters see #barkrangergracie , they don't usually head back into the woods at just any old spot. Instead, they typically follow the road until they reach one of four established routes, like this one. Here, the snow is hard-packed from many trips in and out, making uphill travel comparatively easy. #wildlifewednesday #smartcookies #wildlifeworkingdog #workingbordercollie #glaciernationalpark @glaciernps @glacierconservancy #barkranger #parkranger #parkscience
Stunning mural art a #Repost from @brean.t_art with @regram.app #Brean_t ... I finally finished the first of my three cubs. I think the black outline really made it pop! Wrapping up this mural this week and will have available openings. Book your consultation by email (email in bio).
Happy 2018! Let’s start off the New Year with a brand new #sciencedeskdigs ! Do you like puzzles and mysteries? Did you figure out that Haley Joel Osment sees dead people before the end of Sixth Sense? Well then you have a lot in common with wildlife #veterinarian , Jenny Powers, who is an expert puzzle solver! She helps parks figure out the mystery when they have more wildlife deaths than normal. Learn how she uses a necropsy kit to help her solve these kinds of wildlife puzzles in this week’s #sciencedeskdigs . . . A big part of my job is to help park managers and staff when they are experiencing unusual mortality events which means they are seeing more dead animals in their park than they expect during a certain time period.  One way we help them is to do a disease investigation which usually requires performing necropsies which is an autopsy on an animal. In order to do a necropsy, you need a kit and my kit contains: scalpels, forceps, scissors, baggies, blood tubes, hatchet, biopsy instruments, gloves, a plastic apron, and a face mask. . . One recent disease investigation we did was at @devilstowernps in Wyoming. They found 20 dead deer in just 2 months when they usually find less than 1 dead deer in that same time period. They knew something was wrong so the park managers contacted me to help solve their deer death mystery. In order to figure out what might be killing the deer I asked park biologists to take fresh tissue samples and send them to us. By looking for pathogen DNA in those samples we were able to rule out several bacterial and viral causes of death and ultimately diagnose Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD), a virus transmitted by midges that affects deer around the country. Puzzle solved! This disease does not affect humans but can cause population scale die-offs in #deer . . . I love coming to work each day not knowing what disease mystery or puzzle there will be to solve! The hard days are when we end up with more question marks than answers but this is an opportunity to look even deeper and collaborate with colleagues across the country to resolve questions that help park managers keep #wildlife populations healthy. #ParkScience
Happy New Year! Stay in touch with our monthly eNews! Subscribe on our homepage today. D. Manski photo @acadianps @nationalparkservice #fypyes #mainething #mainelife #mainetheway #parkscience @mainetourism @visitmaine @meoutdoor @twonationvacation
The women and men of the National Park Service are some of the most committed individuals and you'll find some in the park's Science and Resource Management team. Former Biological Technician Brian kept park boats, mowers, and vehicles humming. Brian moved to new job. We miss you Brian! Seasonal Biological Science Tech Chris was our plant guy. Any questions about plants and their identification Chris had the answer. Thank you Chris! Thanks to Park Biologist Lisa, Seasonal Biological Science Tech Steven, and the rest of the SRM team for monitoring and protecting park resources including piping plover bird nests on river islands. . . #2017 #FindYourPark #nationalparks #nationalparkservice #parkscience #rangerlife #outdoorjobs #career #biotech #naturalresources #biology #naturalresources #publiclands #usinterior
My Mural #colorscheme for the school I'm working on. The colors are so vibrant it makes my heart happy. My kid is going to get to walk by this mural everyday and be like "yeah my mom did that and I "help"!" I'm so thankful for this opportunity to be able to draw on walls and get paid for it. WHAT IS MY LIFE!?!?! . . . . . . . . . . . #usinterior #findyourpark #nationalpark   #parkscience #streetart #nps #muralistforhire #amazing #nature #muralart #patterns #detail #mappe #natureheals #forest #lifeiscolorful #ohwowyes #keepexploring #passioncolorjoy #worksonpaper #carveouttimeforart #emergingartist #deepthoughts #atlantis #acolorstory #makersmovement #creativityfound #livecolorfully
Pee-ew! Found throughout the western U.S. and parts of Canada, skunkbush (Rhus aromatica) is part of the cashew family. This family also includes poison ivy, mango, and pistachio. In the fall, the leaves of this shrub turn a rusty red and red berries grow from its small, yellow flowers. Like others of its family, this shrub's leaves contain oils. When crushed, the oils are aromatic. They release an odor that some find unpleasant--hence, skunkbush! Photo NPS/Marty Tow #wildlifewednesday #parkscience #plant #plantsoftheday #nps #archesnationalpark #zionnationalpark #utah
Armed with a research permit, our wildlife crew is using a camera trap to study herpetofauna (reptiles and amphibians) at Tonto National Monument. When studying larger animals, the camera can be attached to a wooden stake or a tree. But herpetofauna are too small to be detected that way. Instead, these cameras are pointed at the ground. Cameras are attached to each of three pvc pipe frames, then the frames are connected by a thin metal wall, 1.5 feet high. An opening is left in the middle of the wall. When they encounter the barrier, small critters run alongside it until they find an opening--where a camera is waiting to snap a photo. Studying herpetofauna with camera traps offers a non-invasive alternative to more traditional capture techniques. These studies help us know which species are in the area and provides a glimpse into their seasonal activity. Birds and mammals have also been caught on the cameras. #herpetofauna #wildlifecamera #parkscience #animalsinthedesert #reptiles #mammals #birds @tontonps
"When the Darkness Falls" 14x14in Finally took some photos of this painting that capture the #beauty . Being under the night sky inspires me, I often find that my head is in the stars and that is soooo where I wanna be. This painting is for sale for $395.00 and prints starting at $25.00 will be on my website (in the bio) tomorrow afternoon!!! Hope you guys like it. #Brean_t
It’s #triviatuesday time! Which national park contains the world’s most active volcano?🌋 . . It’s Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI 🌋Kilauea has been erupting continuously since 1983 and produces enough volcanic material every day to cover a football field to the height of the Washington Monument! NPS Photo/David Restivo #FindYourPark #hawaii #parkscience #lethawaiihappen #aloha #volcano #kilauea #lava #lavaflow #hawaiivolcanoesnationalpark #getoutside #nature #forceofnature
Meet Our Parks! One of the largest known pueblos of Sinaguan origin lies in Tuzigoot National Monument. To supply their water needs, the Sinaguan people had access to the Verde River. Today the river, along with nearby Tavasci Marsh and Pecks Lake, attract many different bird species. Spring-fed Tavasci Marsh, one of the largest freshwater marshes in northern Arizona, has been designated an Important Birding Area by the Audubon Society. Want to go birding in a Sonoran Desert Network park? We’ve compiled a bird checklist for each one. Visit http://go.nps.gov/SODNbirdlists to find them all! @tuzigootnps #birds #parkscience #marsh #river #lake #nationalparkservice #audubonsociety #sonorandesertnetowrk #landbirds #importantbirdingarea
Meet Our Parks! Water in essential in the desert. A branch of the O’odham people, the Sobaipuri, lived along the Santa Cruz River when Spanish missionaries and soldiers arrived in southern Arizona. Sobaipuri villages were situated along streams where plants and animals, including freshwater fish, were concentrated. This group also practiced canal irrigation. Tumacacori Historical Park not only preserves the mission built by Father Eusebio Francisco Kino but also contains part of the Santa Cruz River. Our ecologists study water quality and flow on the Santa Cruz, which also supports a rare southwest cottonwood-willow riparian environment. Learn about our latest findings at https://www.nps.gov/articles/sodn_tuma_climateh20.htm. @tumacacorinps #santacruzriver #missions #rivers #parkscience #nationalparkservice #nativeamericanheritagemonth
This week’s #sciencedeskdigs comes all the way from Alaska! 👀🐦 Everybody counts! And in @glacierbaynps every BODY counts. These specialized binoculars are invaluable in helping Chris Sergeant, NPS Ecologist in Southeast Alaska, track #bird populations. Take a gander here and learn what’s so special about this rather ordinary-looking pair. . . Every bird nerd has their favorite pair of binoculars, and mine can measure the distance to a bird hundreds of feet away with an accuracy of one or two yards. Why would someone need such a fancy pair of range-finding binoculars? To count murrelets, of course! Since 2009, our group has been tracking the abundance of Kittlitz’s and marbled murrelets in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Glacier Bay is the summertime home for about one-third of the global population of Kittlitz’s murrelets, an important seabird that relies on icy waters and rugged mountaintops to make a living. As indicators of the health of the Glacier Bay ecosystem, we want to know if #murrelet populations are increasing, decreasing, or staying the same over time. . . Counting small birds in a large place like Glacier Bay can be tricky business, and one pitfall is that we can’t see every bird along our survey route. The further birds are from our boat, the more likely we are to miss them. To make up for this, we measure the distance to each group of birds we observe, and then adjust our abundance estimates to account for missed individuals. Scientists call this technique, “distance sampling,” and it is the state-of-the-art for many wildlife studies. . . So, come July, if you’re lucky enough to be kayaking around Glacier Bay and taking in the amazing scenery, you might see a couple of surveyors aboard our research vessel holding a pair of range-finding binoculars! #parkscience #glacierbay #Alaska
What comes to mind when we say "scorpion?" Probably not that they've got 8 legs or have been around for hundreds of millions of years. It's likely their curved tails and telson--the segment with the venomous tip. This purple wildflower, found throughout the southwest, is called scorpion weed. The helicoid shape of the flower stalk resembles a scorpion's tail. NPS photo/Kait Thomas #wildlifewednesday #parkscience #nps #wildflower #southwest #scorpion #plants #scorpionweed #utah #archesnationalpark #canyonlands
The beautiful blue hues that we see from glaciers are formed when the deepest layers of the glacier begins to deform due to the weight of the overlying snow and ice.#usinterior
Meet Our Parks Month! Even during the time of the Salado (AD 1150-1450), reptiles were of interest. We know this in part because of the art they left behind--including pottery depicting the horned lizard. Today, our ecologists are experimenting with a new technique to study reptiles and other small critters. At Tonto National Monument, we set up this “camera trap.” The aluminum wall leads the animals to the openings, where a camera waits to capture photos of them passing beneath. The resulting photos will teach us about the presence/absence and distribution of these animals on the landscape. #Reptiles #wildlifecameras #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #parkscience #wildlifewednesday @tontonps
The park right outside our door at the Desert Research Learning Center is Saguaro National Park. Our ecologists study the majestic giant saguaro along with the other vegetation and soils within the park. The ancient Hohokam people used the long ribs from dead saguaros to knock down live fruits. The seedy saguaro fruits provided vital nutrients and hydration during the heat of summer. @saguaronationalpark #saguaro #nativeamericanheritagemonth #cacti #vegetation #saguarofruit #beautiful #foodinthedesert #arizona #nationaparkservice #parkscience #nationalparks
Look at me staging shit! #Photoshop check this out #westelmdallas
"I'm Petrified" 14.5x19in (loose Canvas shipped in tube) $150.00. #Brean_t I #love love love #petrifiedwood and it seems as though I have a need to paint what I love, especially when it's #geology related. Petrified wood is formed when plant material is buried by sediment and protected from decay, then groundwater flows through the sediment and replaces original plant material with Calcite, silica etc. In the reference photo, the rich colors come from trace compounds such as iron and manganese oxides. This painting is up for grabs now and will be on my site tomorrow. DM me if you want it then type "SOLD" in the comments!
This week's petrified wood isn't a rainbow but has beautiful patterns and sparkles indicating the tiny silica crystals thay make up the fossil. (hl) #petrifiedwood #parkscience #PetrifiedForest
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. @organpipenps #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
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
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