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I’m a lion! Rawrrrrr!
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Researchers took this photo of a baby mountain lion at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The kitten in the photo, from a litter of three females, was found by mapping GPS locations of the kitten’s radio-collared mother. Each of the three kittens was fitted with a uniquely numbered ear tag for future identification, which help researchers track the movements of mountain lions in the park.
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Mountain lions are born spotted, with blue eyes and rings on their tails, but by the time they are adults, they will generally be tawny or grayish in color without spots, have a white underbelly and a black-tipped tail.
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Image: Young mountain lion with raised paws. NPS
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#FindYourPark #pawsup #mountainlion #catsofinstagram #catstagram #rawr


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Fast ship? You’ve never heard of the Friendship of Salem? It’s the ship that made the Canton Run in less than two years. She’s fast enough for you old man.
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The Friendship of Salem is a 171-foot replica of a 1797 East Indiaman. Built in 2000, the ship usually operates as a stationary museum ship during most of the year. But it is a fully functioning United States Coast Guard-certified vessel capable of passenger and crew voyages; it makes special sailings various times of the year. The Friendship of Salem is docked at Salem Maritime National Historic Site. The original Friendship was built in Salem, #Massachusetts by Enos Briggs's shipyard and launched in 1797. It weighed 342 tons, was 102 ft. long and over 27 ft. wide. She recorded speeds of 10 knots and was known to have logged a top speed of 12 knots. The Friendship made fifteen voyages during her career and visited Batavia, India, China, South America, the Caribbean, England, Germany, the Mediterranean and Russia.
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Image: The Friendship of Salem on the move.
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Herd there was cake!
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Elk are social animals and live in groups called herds. Herds are often quite large, with 200 or more members. There better be a lot of cake! Elk are most active during mornings and evenings. During the summer, elk will often migrate to higher, cooler, elevations and migrate to lower elevations in the winter. Elk are herbivores, which means they only eat vegetation. Carrot cake? Maybe not.
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Video: Elk on the move at Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.
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“A white wolf in a white wood, silent as a shadow.” - Jon Snow
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At Gates of the Arctic, visitors can discover intact ecosystems where people have lived with the land for thousands of years. Wild rivers meander through glacier-carved valleys, wildlife migrate along age-old trails, and endless summer light fades into aurora-lit night skies of winter. It remains virtually unchanged except by the forces of nature.
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Image: A wolf watches floaters drift by on the Noatak River at Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. NPS
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“Paid $20 to get in. Didn't even get to touch lava.” - Yelp Review
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You can do a lot at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Just don’t touch the lava. Protecting some of the most unique geologic, biologic, and cultural landscapes in the world, Hawai’i Volcanoes offers an amazing array of sights, smells, and sounds. Extending from sea level to the summit of Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet, the park encompasses the summits of two of the world's most active volcanoes - Kīlauea and Mauna Loa. Learn more about this special place and traditional Hawaiian culture connected to these landscapes on a visit. Again, don’t touch the lava. You’re welcome. 🌋
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Image: Volcanic steam rises from the lush landscape of Hawai’i Volcanoes./Janice Wei
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#FindYourPark #nationalparkservice #hawaii #pacific #tropical #badreviews


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“We’re hoping for a unicorn and we get a goat.” - Gru
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Well. Unicorn or not...check out these cute baby goats! The first “kids” of the season at Carl Sandburg NHS were the triplet Toggenburg bucks, born back in March. They were originally due on March 17, so Irish themed names (Brennan, Brady, and Breck) were chosen for them. Following the tradition of how Mrs. Sandburg named her goats, offspring names start with the first letter of the mom’s name. These triplets were born to Toggenburg doe, Babs.
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Image: Young kids playing at Carl Sandburg National Historic Site in North Carolina.
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#FindYourPark #nationalparkservice #goats #onthefarm #baby #northcarolina


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SOON....ish.
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Can you guess the average walking speed of an unladen Desert tortoise? Well, actually...The average walking speed of a Desert tortoise is only 0.2 mph! That means these desert dwellers cannot quickly move out of the way of oncoming traffic and are vulnerable to injury or death caused by vehicles. So make like the Desert tortoise and sloooooow doooown on park roads!
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Desert tortoises have survived in extreme environments - the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts - but are in trouble due to interaction with humans. Impacts include:
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Disease, which can be spread through humans touching the tortoises.
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Habitat loss from development
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Stolen as pets
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Killed by vehicles when crossing roadways
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Image: A desert tortoise walks through a sandy wash at Joshua Tree National Park in #California.
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#FindYourPark #ESD2019 #EndangeredSpeciesDay #tortoise #natureupclose #niceandslow


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“I love you, and I like you.” - Leslie Knope
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Indiana Dunes National Park is a treasure of diverse natural resources located within an urban setting. The park, comprised of over 15,000 acres of dunes, oak savannas, swamps, bogs, marshes, prairies, rivers, and forests, is an amazing landscape to explore. It contains 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline spanning the distance from Gary to Michigan City. Immediately inland from the beaches, sand dunes rise to almost 200 feet in a series of ridges, blowouts, and valleys. Have you visited the Dunes?
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Image: #Sunset over Lake Michigan from the shores of Dunbar Beach./Rafi Wilkinson
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The new Statue of Liberty Museum is opening to the public today! The museum features three interactive galleries that help tell the statue's history. Items on display include the Statue's original torch, which was replaced with a replica in 1985. Have you ever visited the Statue of Liberty?
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Image: The original torch featured six tiered levels of amber glass in a variety of shapes that could cast a powerful yellow glow.
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Hey there. Can you lead me to water? I’m a little hoarse.
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Everything is new to a foal. This young one will quickly learn how to interact with the environment from its mother and other members of the band. About two-thirds of foals in the National Seashore are born in April, May and June, but it is not uncommon for foals to be born during any month of the year. A mare will be very protective of her new foal and it is vitally important for their well-being that visitors give them, and all of the horses, plenty of space.
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Image: A new foal stands next to a mare at Assateague Island National Seashore.
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A simple test to see if you qualify for solo camping is to shine a flashlight into one ear. If the beam shines out the other ear, do not go into the woods alone. Sigh. You forgot the flashlight batteries? 🔦
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We’re just kidding about the whole flashlight thing. Well, you’ll still want a flashlight. Just use it to illuminate the ground and not your head. We just want you to be safe, and as a visitor to a national park, you're responsible for your safety too. Now camping is a great way to experience a national park, but a few things to remember:
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Plan for your park visit—careful planning will prevent many safety issues.
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Research and learn about possible risks with the park environment and your camping trip before you go.
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Seek and listen to the information, advice, and warnings provided by park staff.
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Know your physical and mental limits.
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Take action by using good judgment, along with selecting the right equipment and supplies, to prevent any injuries during your visit.
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Also, have fun!
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Thanks for reading til the end! Put down the flashlight.
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Image: A starry sky frames this night view of Joshua trees and a campground tent at Joshua Tree National Park, California. NPS/ Hannah Schwalbe
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The sunset is life’s way of saying...good job, you survived today. Here’s something pretty.
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Your national parks are great places to take in a pretty sunset. But what causes all those colors? The colors of the sunset result from a phenomenon called scattering. Molecules and small particles in the atmosphere change the direction of light rays, causing them to scatter. Scattering affects the color of light coming from the sky, but the details are determined by the wavelength of the light and the size of the particle. More atmosphere means more molecules to scatter the violet and blue light away from your eyes. If the path is long enough, all of the blue and violet light scatters out of your line of sight. The other colors continue on their way to your eyes. This is why sunsets are often yellow, orange, and red.
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Image: Vibrant colors of a sunset seen at Nebraska’s Scotts Bluff National Monument. NPS/Brian Poffenberger
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