America's Great Outdoors

One of these burrowing owl chicks clearly loves the camera! The video was filmed in the Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District. Rainwater Basin WMD manages 61 Waterfowl Production Areas comprised of over 24,000 wetland and upland acres across 13 Nebraska Counties and is part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Great photo of a bear near Wonder Lake in Denali National Park.Photo: Georgia Riddick

Great photo of a bear near Wonder Lake in Denali National Park.

Photo: Georgia Riddick

National Park Service rangers do amazing things every day, so we wanted to bring you all this heartwarming story as a great example of the work they do on a daily basis. Earlier this week, Kenai Fjords National Park staff received a report of a dog stranded on a cliff ledge near the edge of Exit Glacier. After gaining the dog’s trust, the dog was pulled to safety and carried out to the trailhead. Reports are that the dog is recovering well.

A moose looks for aquatic plants in Wonder Lake in Denali National Park. NPS Photo/K. Lewandowski

A moose looks for aquatic plants in Wonder Lake in Denali National Park.

NPS Photo/K. Lewandowski

Photographer Bob Dreeszen took this photo at Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge. We can’t explain what this red fox is doing — but maybe you can by commenting or helping us by sharing this photo with your friends and family!

Photographer Bob Dreeszen took this photo at Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge. We can’t explain what this red fox is doing — but maybe you can by commenting or helping us by sharing this photo with your friends and family!

This is what the morning carpool looks like for a mama opossum in Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge. Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge located 20 miles northwest of Memphis, Tennessee, in Crittenden County, Arkansas was established in 1961 to provided habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl. Today the refuge literally stands as a wildlife oasis in an agricultural sea. An excellent diversity of habitat exists comprised on mainly agricultural land, bottomland hardwood forest, early stage reforested hardwoods, open water and flooded cypress/willow swamp. Thirty small field impoundments totaling 190 acres have been developed for waterfowl in the agricultural area. Because of its strategic location in the heart of the Mississippi Flyway and the diverse habitat, the refuge is a prime wintering area for migratory waterfowl and a major stopping place for migrating warblers. Bald eagles, great blue herons, great egrets and anhingas nest on the refuge. Photo: Bill Peterson - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This is what the morning carpool looks like for a mama opossum in Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge.

Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge located 20 miles northwest of Memphis, Tennessee, in Crittenden County, Arkansas was established in 1961 to provided habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl. Today the refuge literally stands as a wildlife oasis in an agricultural sea. An excellent diversity of habitat exists comprised on mainly agricultural land, bottomland hardwood forest, early stage reforested hardwoods, open water and flooded cypress/willow swamp. Thirty small field impoundments totaling 190 acres have been developed for waterfowl in the agricultural area. Because of its strategic location in the heart of the Mississippi Flyway and the diverse habitat, the refuge is a prime wintering area for migratory waterfowl and a major stopping place for migrating warblers. Bald eagles, great blue herons, great egrets and anhingas nest on the refuge.

Photo: Bill Peterson - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Caribou react to the approach of a grizzly bear near Highway Pass in Denali National Park. NPS Photo/Daniel A. Leifheit

Caribou react to the approach of a grizzly bear near Highway Pass in Denali National Park.

NPS Photo/Daniel A. Leifheit

Padre Island National Seashore separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre, one of a few hypersaline lagoons in the world.  The park protects 70 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies, and wind tidal flats teeming with life.  It is a safe nesting ground for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and a haven for 380 bird species.  It also has a rich history, including the Spanish shipwrecks of 1554.Photo: National Park Service

Padre Island National Seashore separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre, one of a few hypersaline lagoons in the world.  The park protects 70 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies, and wind tidal flats teeming with life.  It is a safe nesting ground for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and a haven for 380 bird species.  It also has a rich history, including the Spanish shipwrecks of 1554.

Photo: National Park Service

It’s goat grazing time! Over 400 goats at the Bozeman Fish Technology Center in Montana are helping to control noxious weeds and manage brush overgrowth. The cooperative effort with partners, including the Montana Outdoor Science School and Friends of the Bozeman Fish Technology, will help reduce the presence of undesirable vegetation (without using chemical herbicides), assist with fire protection by reducing burnable plant biomass and promote the restoration of native plants. See all the photos and a super looking great pyrenees helper: http://on.fb.me/1q0zHbEPhoto: Goats at Bozeman Fish Technology Center. (Eli Cureton/USFWS)

It’s goat grazing time! Over 400 goats at the Bozeman Fish Technology Center in Montana are helping to control noxious weeds and manage brush overgrowth. 

The cooperative effort with partners, including the Montana Outdoor Science School and Friends of the Bozeman Fish Technology, will help reduce the presence of undesirable vegetation (without using chemical herbicides), assist with fire protection by reducing burnable plant biomass and promote the restoration of native plants. 

See all the photos and a super looking great pyrenees helper: http://on.fb.me/1q0zHbE

Photo: Goats at Bozeman Fish Technology Center. (Eli Cureton/USFWS)

A mom and her cubs in Great Smoky Mountain National Park.Please remember that no matter how cute they look, bears are wild animals and can be dangerous and unpredictable. Do not approach bears or allow them to approach you! This photo was taken with a telephoto lens and cropped to make the bears appear closer than they were. Please see http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/black-bears.htm bear safety information.
Photo of bears in Cades Cove by Samuel Hobbs.

A mom and her cubs in Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Please remember that no matter how cute they look, bears are wild animals and can be dangerous and unpredictable. Do not approach bears or allow them to approach you! This photo was taken with a telephoto lens and cropped to make the bears appear closer than they were. Please see http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/black-bears.htm bear safety information.

Photo of bears in Cades Cove by Samuel Hobbs.