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Northern Colorado Plateau Network, Inventory & Monitoring

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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
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
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
"Will you walk into my parlour?" said the Spider to the Fly, '''Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy." Happy Halloween from the Northern Colorado Plateau Network--stewards of beautiful landscapes and creepy crawlies alike. #parkscience #nps #zionnationalpark #spider #halloween #tarantula
Yellow, red, and orange aren't the only fall colors on the Colorado Plateau. Flowers, like this aster, add a splash of purple into the mix. #nps #parkscience #flowers #fall #zionnationalpark #aster #botany #plants #outside @zionnps
Our 2017 field season has wrapped up and we cannot thank our vegetation monitoring crew enough for their enthusiasm and hard work. Another season of data collection has flown by and we are already looking forward to the next one. #parkscience #utah #zion #zionnationalpark #fullmoon #moon #science #outside #hiking #adventure
A one in a million find. Upon arriving at a plot @zionnps , our crew quickly realized that there was a giant elk carcass in the middle of it! About 1 million elk live in the US and Canada. Though this one won't be bugling during the fall rut (mating season) this year, it was impressive to see it up close. #parkscience #elk #fall #nps #zionnps #zionnationalpark #fieldwork #utah #wildlife
Dark skies, wildflowers, and amazing views greeted our veg crew at Cedar Breaks National Monument today. For the next week they will be working in high-elevation meadows and forests. #nps #parkscience #flowers #wildflowers #cedarbreaks #cedarbreaksnationalmonument #utah #storm
One if by land, two if by sea? @Dinosaurnps one of our crews has been counting and measuring sagebrush in areas dominated by grass and shrubs. Another crew is floating the river, mapping and monitoring non-native plants along the way. #parkscience #nps #usinterior #dinosaurnationalmonument #sagebrush #river #utah #colorado #plants #blackandwhitephotography #science #camping #echopark #greenriver #yampariver
For a week at a time, our veg crew is immersed in the systems we are studying. At @dinosaurnps we were surrounded by a sea of sagebrush--not only at our plots, but also at camp. #parkscience #nps #fieldwork #dinosaurnationalmonument #utah #colorado #sunset #sagebrush #camping
When you wake up outside and never miss a sunrise, getting up early for work has its advantages. #nps #parkscience #fieldwork #utah #capitolreefnationalpark #sunrise #usinterior #outside
Our vegetation crew heads back to Capitol Reef National Park this week to count more plants on more plots. #parkscience #nps #usinterior #utah #capitolreefnationalpark #desert #plants
For some of our scientists, heading into the field means heading down the river. To do it safely, they'll need the skills they learned during this swiftwater rescue course. On the Green River in @dinosaurnps they practiced swimming in swift currents and rapids as well as performing rescues. Photo NPS/A. Washuta #parkscience #nps #usinterior #dinosaurnationalmonument #colorado #utah #river
The sego lily (Calochortus nuttallii) has been Utah’s state flower since 1911. This bulbous perennial, which played an important role in the state’s pioneer history, was chosen as Utah’s floral emblem via a census of the state’s schoolchildren. This plant is protected in almost every park in the Northern Colorado Plateau Network. #WildflowerWeek #ParkScience #nativeplantsofutah #segolily #calochortusnuttallii #calochortus #utahstateflower #utahhistory #listentothekids
Few places in the world have the right habitat to support alcove columbine (Aquilegia micrantha). This uncommon hanging-garden plant can be found only in extreme northern Arizona, southwestern Colorado, and southeastern Utah, where it is protected in at least seven network parks. #WildflowerWeek #ParkScience #ilovewildflowers #nativeplantsofutah #Aquilegiamicrantha #alcovecolumbine #columbineflower #hanginggarden Photo by S. Topp
The orchid, helleborine (Epipactis gigantea), is also known as the stream orchid. This many-colored plant can include hues ranging from purple to pink, orange, yellow, and green. At least eight network parks protect this amazing wildlfower. #WildflowerWeek #ParkScience #NoFilter #StreamOrchid #helleborine #EpipactisGigantea #nativeplantsofutah #ilovewildflowers Photo by S. Topp
Part of the sunflower family (Asteraceae), rough mulesears (Wyethia scabra) grow in clumps that can reach two feet tall. Their leaves feel rough, like sandpaper. This plant is found in several network parks. #WildflowerWeek #ParkScience #wildflowers #utahwildflowers #utah #mulesears #asteraceae #sunflowers #ilovewildflowers #nativeplantsofutah Photo by S. Topp
Happy Earth Day! Our crew is celebrating by collecting data on the White Rim in @canyonlandsnps. #parkscience #earthday #science #utah #canyonlands #canyonlandsnationalpark #nps #usinterior
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