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Petrified Forest National Park is the perfect place to celebrate National Fossil Day! Walk trails that wind through the remnants of ancient trees. Visit fossils of plants and animals from the Late Triassic on display at the Rainbow Forest Museum. https://www.nps.gov/subjects/fossilday/index.htm (hl) #NationalFossilDay #fossils #parkscience
Looking for some pre-Halloween fun that’s free? On October 28, come down to Tucson’s Reid Park, where we will be celebrating Arizona’s national parks. National Park Service staff, partners, and local artists will be there for friendly chats and great entertainment. Finish your weekend right with family fun booths, games, interactive stations, and live performances! #AZNPSFest #ParkScience #Tucson #Festival #FamilyAndFriends #KidFriendlyAZ #AZOutdoors #PartyInThePark #AZParksFest #Fun #EventsInTucson @visit_arizona
High mountains, low deserts, spectacular vegetation, and rich history--Arizona has it all! And on October 28, you can find it all in one place. Come to the Arizona National Parks Festival and discover the huge range of species, habitats, geology, historical sites, and cultures preserved in Arizona’s national parks. #AZNPSFest #ParkScience #Tucson #Festival #FamilyAndFriends #KidFriendlyAZ #AZOutdoors #PartyInThePark #AZParksFest @visit_arizona
Nice day to photograph our work @brynmawrcollege #parkscience #photography #snapsnap
This microblade core was found by #AlaskaNPS scientists and a mosquito on a recent archaeology survey in Noatak National Preserve. This piece of chert would have been the base material for creating microblades. Microblades are a kind of technology that date back to 30,000 years ago and approximately 12,000 years ago in Arctic Alaska. They are small and narrow and were embedded into hunting tools to create a lacerating edge. Microblade technology was valuable because it was -lightweight and portable--things we continue to value in our tools today. - When visiting our parks remember to leave artifacts and archaeological sites untouched. #mosquitoes #ArcticArchaeology #TriviaTuesday #NoatakNationalPreserve #ParkScience
Weighing up to two pounds, the Sonoran Desert toad is one of the largest toads native to North America. Despite their heft, they are probably better known for secreting a toxin from large glands on the side of the head and legs. This is an effective defense against predators, capable of killing small mammals and even domestic dogs. Sonoran Desert toads are found across southern Arizona, in habitats ranging from desert scrub to woodlands at elevations up to around 5,800 feet. They are primarily insectivores but will also eat mice and even other toads. This one was photographed by one of our international interns at the Desert Research Learning Center. #WildlifeWednesday #SonoranDesertToad #Amphibians #Toad #Wildlife #ParkScience #BufoAlvarius #LearningCenter #Discover #LookButDontTouch @t_d_adventurers
Meet your Montanan of the Week! Thanks in part to his work with Gracie, Ranger Mark recently won the NPS Director’s Award for Professional Excellence in Natural Resources. To recognize this honor, US Senator @SteveDaines named Mark his “Montanan of the Week” on the Senate floor last Friday. Congratulations, Ranger Mark! #MajorAward #congrats #ParkScience #WorkingBorderCollie #BarkRanger #ParkRanger #BarkRangerGracie #Glacier @NationalParkService @GlacierNPS @GlacierConservancy [Image 1: Dog looks up at smiling man in green NPS uniform standing on stoop of the Glacier NP Science Center. Image 2: Bison statue with plaque reading “Mark J. Biel, 2017 Director’s Award, Professional Excellence in Natural Resources,” along with a page from the Congressional Record and congratulatory notes from members of Montana’s Congressional delegation.]
It’s always a special kind of fun to meet the first round of candidates for next year’s postbac class. Thanks for checking out the BMC PBP! #brynmawrcollege #postbac #parkscience #brynmawr #bmcbanter
On Saturday field tech Libby Orcutt snapped a photo of this beautiful Barred owl resting in @acadianps ! #birdecology #fypyes #lookup #parkscience @nationalparkservice
Looking for bats in the boulderfield #parkscience #gettinbatty #devilstowernps
Have you ever wondered what makes #fallcolors so brilliant? According to researchers at @harvard.forest , "The right weather during the autumn can promote more intense color production. The reds (#anthocyanins ), which require sunlight for production, are enhanced by cold and sunny days. Rainy and windy weather during the autumn can knock leaves down prematurely thereby shortening the color display at its peak." Here in Alaska, we're grateful to experience these beautiful red hues for a few more days. Photo credit NPS / D. Khalsa #parkscience #ecology #alaska #findyourpark
How do young citizen scientists help parks monitor coral reef health? Find out in the newest episode of #OutsideScience at nps.gov/nature/osip.htm 🐠#parkscience #warinthepacific #guam #coralreef #citizenscience #findyourpark
Confused? It’s okay. At first glance, this hummingbird clearwing moth often gets mistaken for a hummingbird (bird). It also feeds off the nectar of flowers and beats its wings so fast that they are nearly invisible. #findyourpark #nationalparkservice #whpmotion #shenandoahnationalpark #virginia #parkscience #moths #doubletake (NPS/N. Lewis)
And we're off! Leaving winter harbor on @collegeoftheatlantic osprey. #SchoodicOBFS field trip. Some rough but hoping to get to Mount Desert Rock. @acadianps #parkscience
#dyk that South Dakota is also known as the coyote state? Love ‘em or hate ‘em, coyotes are amazingly adaptable and are all about their families. (NPS/J. Ellis) #parkscience #wildlifewednesday [photo description: coyote in prairie grass foreground looking at camera. Badlands buttes in background.]
Gracie won’t be moving any wildlife for a few months yet. But she is back to helping Ranger Mark spread the word about #ParkScience and how wildlife shepherding helps promote visitor education and wildlife safety. Last night they enjoyed a visit with the #AdirondackMountainClub . “Work” will look like this for a while. #TakingItEasy #LightDuty #TPLOrecovery #BarkRangerGracie @GlacierInstitute @GlacierNPS @GlacierConservancy [Image: Dog lays on floor, looking at camera. A smiling man holds her leash with a presentation slide projected on the wall behind him.] Photo by AWBiel
Wildlife Wednesday! North American raccoon populations have surged over the past century, especially in suburbs and cities. Raccoons are opportunists. Along with seeds, plants, and fruits, they also eat dead meat and will steal eggs from the nests of birds and snakes. Raccoons don't build their own dens, preferring to live in hollowed-out trees and other enclosed places where they feel safe. Opportunism is a winning strategy for raccoons. Their range extends across the United States and Canada, with the exception of several places that are too arid or too cold for their survival. This photo was taken in Montezuma Castle National Monument. #ParkScience #Wildlife #WildlifeWednesday #Raccoon #ProcyonLotor @montezumanps
For the past couple months, western pond turtle eggs have been incubating in the office of a Point Reyes biologist. Yesterday we saw the first two hatchlings! These eggs were collected from nearby nests in an effort to help re-establish a population at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Marin County where the population has declined dramatically. The next step for the hatchlings will be to go to the San Francisco Zoo where they will be reared for one to two years before being released. (sc) #TurtleTuesday #WesternPondTurtle #PointReyesNPS #ParkScience
While the statue’s exterior has mostly turned green overtime through oxidation, visitors point out, especially on rainy days, that parts of the copper looks black. This isn’t a trick of the eye, or the rain turning her black. Part of the oxidation process of the copper makes the patina black instead of green. #nps #parkscience #statueofliberty #findyourpark #libertyisland
Back from three days of alpine snowbed monitoring in the highlands of Gros Morne NP. Lots of good data, good company, great scenery, and fun hiking and camping adventures (and misadventures)! Can you believe there is still snow 12-15 feet deep in places? Some of it is going to survive until next year! #hiking #camping #fieldwork #parkscience
#ParkScience in action! National Park Service Geomorphologist Eric Bilderback began evaluating earthquake damage today. Note: All work on recovery will pause in preparation for Hurricane Lane. The entire park is closed today and tomorrow. Stay up to date on park recovery efforts on their website www.nps.gov/have #repost @hawaiivolcanoesnps
Science babe alert 🚨 #Repost @pointreyesnps ・・・ Can you imagine the forests of Marin County being your office? That's the case for northern spotted owl wildlife technician Taylor Ellis. He has some tricks up his sleeve for surveying these charismatic birds. "A lot of the fun of it is going out and trying to find the owls. They’re doing all the work, I just try to show up and observe what they’re doing." Read more about his adventures in the field here: go.nps.gov/taylor. (sc). 📷NPS / Maritte O'Gallagher [Image Description: Taylor sits down to record observations at an owl nesting site in Point Reyes, surrounded by ferns and foliage.] #ThisIsWhatAScientistLooksLike #STEM #PointReyesNPS #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #ParkScience #SaveTheOwls
Can you imagine the forests of Marin County being your office? That's the case for northern spotted owl wildlife technician Taylor Ellis. He has some tricks up his sleeve for surveying these charismatic birds. "A lot of the fun of it is going out and trying to find the owls. They’re doing all the work, I just try to show up and observe what they’re doing." Read more about his adventures in the field here: go.nps.gov/taylor. (sc). 📷NPS / Maritte O'Gallagher [Image Description: Taylor sits down to record observations at an owl nesting site in Point Reyes, surrounded by ferns and foliage.] #ThisIsWhatAScientistLooksLike #STEM #PointReyesNPS #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #ParkScience #SaveTheOwls
Wildlife Wednesday! Although Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument has its share of insect-eating bats, it is the nectar-eating bats that are the true heroes of the night sky and the Sonoran Desert. They are the primary night pollinators of the saguaro and organ pipe cactus, which makes them indispensable to the Sonoran Desert ecosystem. Every year as the cactus buds begin to form, thousands of lesser long-nosed bats (Leptonycteris curasoae) migrate north from their winter homes in central Mexico. Blossom and bat are uniquely adapted for each other: the flower provides food in the form of nectar and the bats consume it. In the process, they pollinate the flowers.These colonies will usually use abandoned mine tunnels or caves as day roosts, safe places to rest, and rear young. Not just any cave or tunnel will do. Each roost must have the proper range of temperatures and humidities. Only a few such places exist, and the bats return to them year after year. Learn more at https://www.nps.gov/orpi/learn/nature/lesser-long-nosed-bats.htm. [Photo of a lesser long nosed bat about to drink nectar from a saguaro bloom.] #Bat #ParkScience #SaguaroBloom #Wildlife #Nocturnal
#lepidoptera #scicomm #butterfliesofinstagram #repost 🦋 🦋 🦋 Next time you’re hiking around the park, be sure to look down at the ground from time to time as you may witness butterflies congregating on moist surfaces. This behavior is known as ‘puddling’ and is an excellent source of minerals for butterflies. You will commonly see male blues having ‘puddle parties’ around or even in the middle of park trails like these blues spotted by the Cascades Butterfly Project team earlier this week. Want to know about the butterfly study ongoing in the park? Check out https://www.nps.gov/rlc/northcoastcascades/cascades-butterfly-project.htm for more information. #CitizenScience #ParkScience #Lepidoptera #CascadesButterfly Jolene Saldivar photo -js/im
That’s a wrap on Marshall brook sampling for 2018! Ended strong with help from the Acadia Teacher Fellows! Planning a data day tomorrow to see what we collected #acadiabugproject #parkscience
Gracie and Ranger Mark traveled to Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada, yesterday for a day of science, history, and international cooperation. One day each summer, Glacier and Waterton host Science and History Day—a chance for park managers and researchers to share knowledge and ideas with each other and the public. Ranger Mark gave a talk on Glacier’s wildlife shepherding program. Co-presenting with him was Sarah Davidson of @watertonlakesnationalpark. This year, and in years past, that park has contracted with a team of border collies to haze deer from the Waterton town site during ​fawning season to improve human safety. The success of that program was one inspiration for Glacier's program. Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park was established in 1932 to commemorate the peace and goodwill shared by our two nations—and to underscore the international nature of wilderness and the cooperation required for its protection. The two parks are each managed and protected under their respective national legislative frameworks but work together closely. 🇺🇸☮️🇨🇦 #InternationalCooperation #KnowledgeSharing #PeacePark #ParkScience #CanadaEh @parks.canada @GlacierNPS @GlacierConservancy #BarkRangerGracie #BarkRanger #DogsWithJobs [Images: (1) Man, woman, and border collie pose with a sandwich board for Science & History Day, mountains in background. (2) Man and border collie in front of entrance sign for Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Canadian Section. (3) Border collie sits next to sandwich board showing agenda for Science & History Day at Waterton Lakes National Park.]
Plant phenology is a major focus for research at Schoodic Institute, but we are also interested in the phenology of birds and insects. In an ecosystem everything is connected and plant phenophases, such as leaves, flowers or ripe fruit, can play a crucial role for the other organisms. One example of an organisms being dependent on a specific plant are Monarch butterflies - caterpillars only eat milkweed. Milkweed can be found on campus in Acadia National Park. Yesterday, field tech Libby Orcutt saw two phases of the Monarch's life cycle - adult and caterpillar. • Have you seen any Monarchs lately? 📷📷by L. Orcutt @acadianps @nationalparkservice #fypyes #citizenscience #parkscience #phenology #monarch #monarchbutterfly #catapillar #milkweed
Lots of fun yesterday at hunter’s brook! Even with a nice Maine fog rolling in and out, our intrepid volunteers got so many bugs! #acadiabugproject #parkscience
Two of our amazing interns, David and Terezia, checked on Boss (our resident tortoise) and discovered that he has a rattlesnake roommate! It is not uncommon for rattlesnakes to share a burrow with desert tortoises. 🐢🐍 #sonorandesert #rattlesnake #deserttortoise #roommatelife #parkscience
Park Science Building Renovation (Phase I) is close to finished! Celebration coming this fall! #brynmawrcollege #postbac #postbaccalaureateprogram #parkscience #parksciencebuilding
Hope this post doesn't bug you! Our junior ranger academy met today on the University of South Dakota campus to learn about the aquatic organisms found in the Missouri River. The rangers used dichotomous keys to identify a number of aquatic invertebrates including leeches, giant water beetles, water boatmen, dragonfly nymphs, mayfly larvae, and tadpoles. The Academy also learned about the scavengers and predators of the river from Fisheries Biologist Sam Stukel from Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery. Sam brought in crayfish, frogs, and turtles to show and tell. #giantwaterbeetle #waterboatmen #snappingturtle #roscoesrangers #juniorranger #aquaticlife #usfws #parkscience #MissouriRiver #universityofsouthdakota #gavinspointfishhatchery #YouthintheParks #FindYourPark #Rivers50
In the wild, mountain goats use cliff faces as safe spaces where they can escape predators and other stressors and gain the lay of the land. At #LoganPass , this goat uses the roof of the visitor center the same way—but it’s people he keeps his eye on. As part of a subpopulation that’s learned to use busy areas of #Glacier as a shield against predators, it’s not unusual for this goat to spend his summer days traveling back and forth between Granite Park Chalet, Logan Pass, and Sperry Chalet. A study beginning later this summer aims to help us learn more about how Glacier’s “backcountry” goats use the park differently than this habituated population. That study, like Glacier’s wildlife shepherding program, will be made possible with support from the @GlacierConservancy. #UpOnTheRoof #MountainGoat #DontSeeThatEveryDay #HabituatedWildlife #ParkScience #BarkRangerGracie @GlacierNPS #GlacierNationalPark #oreamnos #BarkRanger #ParkRanger [Video: Ranger with working dog on leash talks with people gathered a short distance below a mountain goat on the roof of the Logan Pass visitor center.]
Our final citizen science day at Gilmore marsh! Fieldwork can get grueling some days, but having afternoons where we show awesome people bugs makes me so happy! This crew was so fun to work with! #acadiabugproject #citizenscience #parkscience
Wildlife Wednesday! Edward Abbey called the desert “the home of free creatures: horned toads, desert rats, Gila monsters and coyotes.” At the Desert Research Learning Center, those creatures often freely walk right up to our door. Despite its fearsome name and reputation, the Gila monster bites only as a last resort. Like a snake that shakes its rattle before striking, the Gila monster’s warnings include hissing and “gaping:” opening its mouth very wide to display its pointy teeth. One of just a few venomous lizards in the world, the Gila monster produces venom in glands of the lower jaw and channels it along grooves in the teeth for secretion. The venom is rarely fatal to humans, but the bite is extremely painful, especially as the lizard latches on tight and chews to help release the neurotoxins. Most human bites occur when someone purposely aggravates or tries to handle a Gila monster. Always remember to watch your step and keep a safe distance from desert wildlife! #ParkScience #Wildlife #GilaMonster #Venomous [Images of a black and orange Gila monster next to a building]
Can’t believe we only have 2 more weeks of fieldwork to go! This means we start the countdown with only one citizen science day left at each site. Today we had an awesome group of folks from as far away as Maryland and New York to wrap up our final citizen science day at the schoodic beaver pond! #acadiabugproject #parkscience
Parks are full of creepy-crawlies that people try to avoid. Oddly enough, these same creatures may also have the same fear. This harvestman, a relative of the spider, is being hassled by even smaller mites. #findyourpark #nationalparkservice #oregoncavesnationalmonumentandpreserve #oregoncaves #oregon #natureupclose #insects #harvestmen #harvesters #daddylonglegs #mites #bugs #parkscience #caves #cavelife #fridaythe13th @oregoncavesnps
Since I’m (Allyson) laid up with a broken ankle, I’m going to continue a narration of birds and bugs from the couch. This is a Common Yellowthroat, a species that has become a star of our bird sampling effort because they are common in shrubs around most of the wetlands in Acadia. They are a species of warbler and the males are bright yellow with that distinctive black mask. You can often hear them before you see them- their call sounds like witchity-witchity-witchity. They were my gateway into understanding warblers, so keep an eye out for them in a wetland near you, but watch out because you might get addicted! Photo:Evan Jackson #acadiabugproject #ornithology #warblersofinstagram #gatewaydrug #parkscience #commonyellowthroat
2017 SCS Fellow Chris Nadeau explains tide pools to @acadianps visitors. #parkscience #fypyes #tidepool #climatechange #biologist 📷H. Webber
2017 SCS Fellow Dr. Allyson Jackson explains process of insect collection in @acadianps #mercury #datacollection #insects #citizenscience #parkscience #fypyes
Denali National Park & Preserve is home to a herd of caribou that stay almost exclusively within the park’s boundaries. Calves are generally born mid-May to early June. Find out more about the Denali Caribou Herd at https://www.nps.gov/dena/learn/nature/caribou.htm #findyourpark #nationalparkservice #denalinationalpark #denali #alaska #alaskawildlife #wildlife #caribou #parkscience @denalinps NPS/Katherine Belcher
David Evans Shaw @shawdavide speaks to our audience tonight about Second Century Stewardship - Science for America's National Parks. Be inspired! See his film on our website on the Second Century Stewardship page. Follow our Facebook page for updates on SCS Fellow's research, and learn how our natural parks are living laboratories. #parkscience #fypyes #citizenscience #stewardship #environmentalstewardship
Rockin’ one of the world’s finest examples of rare columnar basalt, Devils Postpile was designated a national monument on July 6, 1911. #findyourpark #nationalparkservice #california #devilspostpilenationalmonument #devilspostpile #parkscience #geology #geologyrocks #basalt #lavarocks #todayincathistory
We had our biggest crew of citizen scientists out at Gilmore marsh yesterday! Despite how hot it was, everyone had a great time and collected lots of good bug data for us! #acadiabugproject #parkscience
Wow! Those eyes. 👀😺 #Repost @nationalparkservice with @get_repost ・・・ I spy two pairs of eyes. Learn more about NPS monitoring mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains at: https://www.nps.gov/Sami/learn/nature/pumapage.htm #findyourpark #nationalparkservice #parkscience #california #santamonticamountainsnationalrecreationarea #santamonicamountains #natureupclose #mountainlions #pumas #bigcats @santamonicamountainsnps
I spy two pairs of eyes. Learn more about NPS monitoring mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains at: https://www.nps.gov/Sami/learn/nature/pumapage.htm #findyourpark #nationalparkservice #parkscience #california #santamonticamountainsnationalrecreationarea #santamonicamountains #natureupclose #mountainlions #pumas #bigcats @santamonicamountainsnps
With schools out for the summer, our citizen science days are really heating up with excellent young helpers! Love seeing everyone jump right into some field biologist boots and get muddy searching for aquatic invertebrates at our Schoodic site #parkscience #acadiabugproject
Yesterday’s Ovenbird at Jordan Pond #fieldwork #parkscience
#Repost @nationalparkservice Summer flowers are in bloom and pollinators are out and about. Discover how they are hard at work: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/pollinators.index.htm #findyourpark #nationalparkservice #parkscience #southdakota #badlandsnationalpark #badlands #pollinators #bees #prairie #prairiegoldenpea NPS/Sara Feldt
Summer flowers are in bloom and pollinators are out and about. Discover how they are hard at work: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/pollinators.index.htm #findyourpark #nationalparkservice #parkscience #southdakota #badlandsnationalpark #badlands #pollinators #bees #prairie #prairiegoldenpea NPS/Sara Feldt @badlandsnps
Congratulations 2018 Graduates of the Yankton Junior Ranger Academy! 13 kids from the Yankton area graduated today from the Roscoe Junior Ranger Academy after a month-long summer camp. Today's graduation was held on Green Island after a boat ride on the Missouri River. The graduates now become members of the Roscoe Junior Ranger Club that meet monthly throughout the year. Thank you park staff and Missouri River Institute interns Audra and Geoffrey for a great Academy! Pictured with the graduates, from left to right, are Rangers Helen, Dan, and Teresa. Thanks also to the Friends of the Missouri National Recreational River for providing Academy t-shirts for all the graduates. #roscoesrangers #juniorranger #juniorrangercamp #kidsoutside #youthintheoutdoors #parkscience #parkrangerlife #nationalparkkids #YouthintheParks #FindYourPark #Rivers50 #FindYourWay #Findyourmnrr
Did you know that every time a #rattlesnake sheds it’s skin it adds a segment to the rattle on it’s tail? They shed about once a year and older segments break off. Learn more about rattlesnakes and science in parks in the webisode series Outside Science (inside parks) at nps.gov/OSip. (📸: Ron Bend) #thursdaythoughts #wildlife #snakes #greatbasin #outsidescience #findyourpark #parkscience
A Hermissenda opalescens (#Nudibranch ) seen by our Park Aquatic Ecologists during a recent early morning intertidal survey! These feed on sea anemones and reuse the stinging cells, nematocysts, for their own defense on their appendages called cerata. #WildlifeWednesday #WatchYourStep #ParkScience 📷: Gabi Dunn NPS
Learn more about pollinators. https://www.nps.gov/subjects/pollinators #parkscience #badlandsnps #pollinators #bees
Mary in the #BadlandsNPS Fossil Prep Lab. Learning more about the brontotheres and #climate . #ParkScience
Because they weigh just 15-25 pounds, adult bobcats (Lynx rufus) are often mistaken for mountain lion cubs. They are strict carnivores, typically eating rabbits, woodrats, squirrels, pocket gophers, and mice. They can range from tawny brown to reddish, and their tails are shorter than those of most cats (hence the name). Bobcats inhabit much of North America, and can be found in 10 of 11 Sonoran Desert Network parks. They are susceptible to diseases transmitted from domestic pets, such as mange, and vulnerable to the anticoagulant chemicals commonly found in rat poisons. To prevent secondary poisoning of bobcats and other wildlife, owners of homes and businesses can use wooden snap traps or rat-zappers. If rodenticides must be used, avoid ones with anticoagulants, such as bromadialone, difethialone, or diphacinone. Alternative rodenticides include chemicals such as zinc phosphide, which are still toxic to other animals but thought to have fewer long-term effects. @chiricahua_nps #ParkScience #bobcats #mountains #mammals [Image of a bobcat walking by a wildlife camera, mountains in the background.]
Searching the intertidal. Rockweed. Invasive green crab. And, awesome field techs! Have fun where you work! #getoutside #fypyes #parkscience #scienceliteracy #environmentalstewardship @acadianps @nationalparkservice
#DidYouKnow arctic ground squirrels adopt the lowest body temperature ever measured in a mammal? Like many other arctic animals, arctic ground squirrels have unique physiological adaptations that allow them to survive during winter. Arctic ground squirrels are obligate hibernators and spend 7 to 8 months in hibernation. Researchers at the @uafairbanks have shown that the body temperature of hibernating squirrels drops below freezing, a condition referred to as supercooling. At intervals of two to three weeks, still in a state of sleep, hibernating squirrels shiver and shake for 12 to 15 hours to create heat that warms them back to a normal body temperature of about 98 degrees Fahrenheit. When the shivering and shaking stops, body temperature drops back to the minimal temperature. This type of hibernation is rare among mammals and scientists are still studying this unique physiological behavior. (NPS Photo/Katherine Belcher) Learn more about Denali's ground squirrels at https://bit.ly/2tdUM9. #FunFact #Denali #Alaska #NationalParks #wildlife #mammals #squirrels #education #nature #ParkScience
Had an awesome day of collection at one of our sites! Here are some of our passionate citizen scientists!!! #acadiabugproject #parkscience
Another successful junior ranger academy on Friday. This time the Academy was held at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery where Academy members identified and handled aquatic inverts, frogs, turtles, and fish native to the Missouri River. Next Friday we will be on the water in kayaks. #YouthintheParks #kidsoutside #childreninnature #usfws #gavinspointfishhatchery #findyourway #FindYourPark #learninginnature #parkscience #biology #aquaticlife #Rivers50 #lifeontheriver #juniorrangers
Just in case everyone is dreaming of quitting their jobs to become field biologists based on our photos- here is what our data ends up looking like. 5 traps were set, 2 flipped and collected no data, 3 captured these small emergent insects. Why do some traps have more bugs? Why do some sites have more bugs? How will this change over the summer?What does this mean for the birds? These are the questions we are trying to answer with all these labeled baggies of bugs! #acadiabugproject #parkscience
Organizing our citizen science samples! #acadiabugproject #parkscience
Here are some pictures of our first day with citizen scientists! They were helping us collect terrestrial and aquatic insects!!!!!!!! There’s also a picture at the end of some of our team members disinfecting our gear. #acadiabugproject #parkscience
Chris Nadeau, a climate change biologist, talked to us today about his new research project, in which he is studying how climate change affects Daphnia manga in freshwater rock pools. How awesome!!!! #parkscience
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