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This #EndangeredSpeciesDay, let's celebrate conservation success stories big & small – including six wild red wolf pups recently born at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina. 🐾 These are the first pups born in the wild since 2018!B
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The “America the Beautiful” initiative is a locally led effort to conserve and restore 30% of our lands and waters by 2030. Conserving habitats like wetlands, prairies, forests and coral reefs will not only help wildlife, but bolster climate resilience and access to nature.
While we have made significant progress in safeguarding species on the verge of extinction, many face challenges to recovery, including habitat loss and climate change. Photo of black-footed ferrets by Kimberly Fraser / @USFWS
There are over 1,600 species of plants and animals listed as endangered or threatened in the United States. Agencies like @USFWS and @USGS work with partners to restore imperiled species, like the largest land bird in North America, the California condor. #EndangeredSpeciesDay
Thanks to the Great American Outdoors Act, @PerrysVIPM in Ohio is preparing for projects to help maintain park infrastructure, address deferred maintenance and improve visitor access to the memorial. Learn more: Photo by Northcoast Aerial Images
Today, the battlefield appears much the same as it did in 1862. Preservation efforts started when Civil War veterans returned for reunions and the National Park Service continues these efforts at @Antietamnps1862.
The battle ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's first invasion into the North and led Abraham Lincoln to issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Photo of Allan Pinkerton, President Lincoln and Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand courtesy of the @librarycongress
The Battle of Antietam in Maryland was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with over 23,000 soldiers killed, wounded or missing. Photo by Matt Brant
Since the eruption, technology and the scientific study of volcanoes have made significant advances. @USGSVolcanoes monitors and assesses volcano hazards and works with communities to prepare for volcanic eruptions.… Photo by J.M. Chang / USGS
42 years ago today, Mount St. Helens cataclysmically erupted. The event led to 57 deaths, including that of David Johnston, a dedicated @USGS scientist, and caused the worst volcanic disaster in the recorded history of the lower 48 states.
A star-filled evening is an invitation to appreciate the night sky and all its beauty. @ZionNPS is a great place to watch the Milky Way above the jagged silhouette of cliffs and revel in the dazzling array of stars. Video time-lapse moving across the sky by Avery Sloss
#DYK More than one million people visit America’s national fish hatcheries every year? @USFWSFisheries improve recreational fishing and restore aquatic species that are in decline or at risk. Plan your spring fishing adventure: Photo by @USFWS
Rush hour traffic in @YellowstoneNPS can be a beast! Photo by Jacob W. Frank / NPS .
Since @POTUS signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law six months ago, Interior has made significant progress implementing the historic law to restore critical habitats, address the drought crisis, assist with wildland fire management, and clean up legacy pollution.
“The universe is wider than our views of it.” — Henry David Thoreau Photo courtesy of @YosemiteNPS
Migratory birds were built to fly extraordinary distances in search of food, warmth and a mate. From geese and cranes to blue jays and loons, we are dedicated to bird conservation and preserving the environments they need to live and thrive. Photo by Michael Hamilton
POV: you’re getting a jumpstart to your weekend! Photo @GlacierNPS by Steve Muller
Banana slugs 🤝 Redwoods The banana slug depends on the shade from redwood trees to stay cool, and the redwoods use the nutrient soil that banana slugs make. The tallest trees in the world and these beloved slugs have a mutualistic relationship that allows them to thrive.A
A total lunar eclipse will turn the moon red and be visible in most of the U.S. this Sunday night into Monday morning. America’s public lands are ideal places for watching celestial wonders like this Blood Moon! Photo @JoshuaTreeNPS by Julianne Koza
America the Beautiful builds on the nation’s stewardship traditions and strives to give every person the chance to experience the joys and opportunities that America’s rich and vibrant public lands and waters provide.… Photo by Bob Wick
Many Hawaiian moʻolelo (stories) involve the ʻōhiʻa tree and its fiery red flowers that adorn the landscape. They are the most abundant native tree in the Hawaiian archipelago and are integral to Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) culture. Photo by @Volcanoes_NPS
In honor of National Law Enforcement Week, I had the privilege to host the families, colleagues, and loved ones of the law enforcement officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice to uphold the mission of our Department.
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🧵Today, from the ancestral homelands of the Anacostan and Piscataway people, I provided remarks on the history of federal Indian boarding schools in this country and our work on the Federal Boarding School Initiative.
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With red rock mountains, scenic vistas and surprising bursts of life, @BLMUtah Red Cliffs National Conservation Area is a wonderful place to find solitude and natural quiet. Photo by Bob Wick
May is National Wildfire Awareness Month. With wildfire season lasting longer than ever, take time this month to learn about wildfire risks and how you can help prevent wildfires. Want to help? Share these @DOIWildlandFire tips:…
From pollinating our favorite fruits (🍌🥑🥭) to eating pesky insects (🦟), bats are heroes of the night! Check out some interesting bat facts and all the amazing things these creatures do for…raHD Photo courtesy@USFWSStRTH
The beautiful white-faced ibis with its colorful purple, crimson, teal and gold feathers is sure to brighten your Monday morning! Photo at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah courtesy of Leslie Scopes Anderson
Happy Mother's Day! Thank you to all the moms who feed, nurture, protect and teach their little one’s life's important lessons — like not to bite mom's tail! Photo courtesy of Rick Kramer
These sunny flowers are lovely, but don’t touch the spines! You can see dollarjoint prickly pear cacti while hiking in the desert or near-desert regions of the U.S. on public lands such as @JoshuaTreeNPS. Photo by Hannah Schwalbe
The scarlet paintbrush paints the landscape of a magical misty morning scene at @MountRainierNPS. Photo courtesy of Doug Shearer
Arrowleaf balsamroot, a plant of the sunflower family, is found throughout the Rocky Mountain region and is sure to brighten your hikes and mood. Photo at @GrandTetonNPS by Anand Soundarajan
Happy National Wildflower Week! We know you’re tired of doomscrolling. So, we want to inspire you with some beautiful bloomscrolling this weekend instead! Photo of a silky phacelia @GlacierNPS by Jessica Loewecke
It’s round, lumpy and very charming. The Wyoming toad once flourished throughout wetlands of SE Wyoming. It’s now one of the most endangered amphibians in the country. @USFWS is working with partners to save these toads and assist with their recovery.…
We wear red in honor of the movement that rang the alarm on the missing and murdered Indigenous peoples crisis. We must address lingering impacts of objectification and marginalization that have contributed to this crisis.
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The 120-acre Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area offers a break from the hustle and bustle of Florida’s urbanized Treasure Coast. Take a gentle walk along a trail or boardwalk through native and restored coastal habitat. Photo by @BLMNational
Observed on May 5 each year, National Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day shines light on the epidemic of violence that has disproportionately plagued Indigenous communities.…
The headlands of the @PointReyesNPS Peninsula offer one of the finest spots to view the gray whale along the California coast. Late April and early May afford visitors the best opportunity to see mothers and calves close to shore. Photo by Anela Ramos Kopshever / NPS
Engaging in the longest migration of any mammal, the California gray whale swims around 10,000 miles each year, spending about 1/3 of its life migrating from the cold, nutrient-rich waters of Alaska, to the warm, shallow lagoons of Baja California. Photo by Merrill Gosho / @NOAA
Most of these laborers stayed in the U.S. afterward, started their own businesses and lived in cities along the railroad's course. Golden Spike National Historical Park in Utah honors and shares the stories of these early immigrants. Photos from the Utah State Historical Society
The completion of the Transcontinental Railroad is one of the greatest technological achievements of the 19th century. Numerous people and cultures came together to build the railroad, but Chinese laborers bore the brunt of the grueling and dangerous work.
White Sands National Park—a place like no other on earth—is a marvel to study, experience and explore. Great wave-like dunes of shimmering gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world's largest gypsum dune field. Photo courtesy of NPS
Thanks to the Great American Outdoors Act, @BLM_MTDKs purchased 4,600 acres in Montana’s Blackfoot Watershed to expand recreation areas and restore forest health. Learn more:… Photo courtesy of Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Project
Photo at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah by Ron Welker
Happy American Wetlands Month! Not only are these highly productive and biologically diverse systems beautiful, but they also recharge groundwater, reduce flooding, supply clean drinking water, support wildlife and can provide incredible recreational opportunities.
This week is Public Service Recognition Week, a time to reflect on service and show appreciation to our workforce. Every day, I’m grateful for our team's dedication to service and honored to call each Interior employee my co-worker.
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Every day, Interior employees go to work for the American people with determination and resolve. Some are preserving our history, and others are planning for the future, but collectively we are driving the nation forward towards a better, safer, more prosperous tomorrow.
On this date, 150 years ago, artist Thomas Moran debuted his iconic and influential painting, “The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.” You can experience this piece at the @InteriorMuseum, which reopened to the public today! Learn more:
This May, during Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, we celebrate the incredible contributions and achievements that the AANHPI community has made to Interior and the nation. Photo by Lisa Purdy
The Tetons are one of the youngest mountain ranges in North America. They have been uplifting for less than 10 million years, making them "adolescent" mountains, compared to the Rockies (50-80 million years old) or the Appalachians (300+ million years old). Photo: @GrandTetonNPS
“Arbor Day is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future.” J. Sterling Morton, 1885 Photo at @BLMOregon Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument by Bob Wick
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