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10 days ago

"Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn." - John Muir #MondayMotivaton #fallcolors #fall #glacier #findyourpark Big Prairie, Glacier National Park. NPS Photo.

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15 days ago

Pictured here is one of the many cave rooms that can be found at Bandelier National Monument. These rooms were dug out of the cliff wall using only stone tools. The cliff walls are made up of a very soft rock called volcanic tuff so the ceilings were smoked in order to harden the volcanic tuff and make it less crumbly. Bandelier plays an important role in preserving one of the many links to the rich history of the Ancestral Pueblo people in the Pajarito Plateau. Photo by M.Reed #FindYourPark #BandelierNational Monument #signsofthepast #historicpreservation #NewMexico

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1 month ago

Awww, this #PallidBat is excited for #BatWeek! Join us this week as we explore the secret lives of #bats, those night-flying, insect-eating, pollinating mammals. All week we’ll share photos of some of the more than 50 species of bats that live in #nationalparks. The pallid bat pictured here lives in Utah’s @capitolreefnps which has 16 species of bats. #ParkScience #SaveTheBats

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2 months ago

Can you spot the #crab in this photo? A'ama crabs (Grapsus tenuicrusatus) are indigenous to Hawaii and are frequently found along rocky seashores. They are typically black with yellow flecks and can camouflage themselves against the rocks. Their swift legs allow them to move quickly, and scurry into crevices to find protection. Many people say the crabs’ movements remind them of spiders! This crab was spotted (and almost missed!) at @kaloko_honokohau_nhp 🦀🌊 #WildlifeWednesday #FindYourPark #HawaiiParks #Hawaii #nature

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2 months ago

Calling all artists! There's just a week left to submit an entry for the #NationalFossilDay art contest. This year's theme is "The Future of Fossils: People Studying and Caring for Our Fossil Heritage." So get out your camera, watercolors, colored pencils, or pens to bring your fossil ideas to life. The clock is ticking...you have until next Thursday, Oct. 5 at 5 pm ET. Check out all of the details: go.nps.gov/art17 Pictured here is the 2016 2nd place winner in the 9-13 age category. Artwork By William L. (Age 10) #fossil #artwork

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