America's Great Outdoors
Photographer Rich Keen captured a tender moment between a bison & calf at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Refuge.Located just northeast of Denver, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is a 15,000-acre expanse of prairie, wetland and woodland habitat. The land has a unique story - it has survived the test of time and transitioned from farmland, to war-time manufacturing site, to wildlife sanctuary. It may be one of the finest conservation success stories in history and a place where wildlife thrives. 

Photographer Rich Keen captured a tender moment between a bison & calf at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Refuge.

Located just northeast of Denver, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is a 15,000-acre expanse of prairie, wetland and woodland habitat. The land has a unique story - it has survived the test of time and transitioned from farmland, to war-time manufacturing site, to wildlife sanctuary. It may be one of the finest conservation success stories in history and a place where wildlife thrives. 

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.

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!

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

There have been many reports of bear sightings in Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently. If you see a bear, please remember that for your safety, and the bear’s safety, you need to stay at least 150 feet away from the animal. For more information about what to do if you see a bear, check out http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/black-bears.htm, where you can find links to a video about bear safety.
This photo by Sam Hobbs taken with a telephoto lens and cropped to make the cub appear closer.

There have been many reports of bear sightings in Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently. If you see a bear, please remember that for your safety, and the bear’s safety, you need to stay at least 150 feet away from the animal. For more information about what to do if you see a bear, check out http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/black-bears.htm, where you can find links to a video about bear safety.

This photo by Sam Hobbs taken with a telephoto lens and cropped to make the cub appear closer.

Happy World Turtle Day! Meet the bog turtle. It is one of the smallest, rarest turtles in North America. Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Pennsylvania was established in part to protect the federally threatened bog turtle, which can be found in wetlands throughout the valley. Due to their listed status, refuge public use areas are located away from sensitive bog turtle habitats. See what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is doing to protect this little one and its bog wetland habitat: http://1.usa.gov/1o6jyRlPhoto: usfws

Happy World Turtle Day! Meet the bog turtle. It is one of the smallest, rarest turtles in North America. Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Pennsylvania was established in part to protect the federally threatened bog turtle, which can be found in wetlands throughout the valley. Due to their listed status, refuge public use areas are located away from sensitive bog turtle habitats. 

See what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is doing to protect this little one and its bog wetland habitat: http://1.usa.gov/1o6jyRl

Photo: usfws

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! We hope you all have as much fun today with your moms as this bison calf is having in Yellowstone National Park.Photo: Linda Dodge (www.sharetheexperience.org).

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! We hope you all have as much fun today with your moms as this bison calf is having in Yellowstone National Park.

Photo: Linda Dodge (www.sharetheexperience.org).

These are Belding’s ground squirrels – sometimes called pot gut. They live on mountains in western United States. This pair was photographed by Jim Leonard at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. So, what do you think they are saying?

These are Belding’s ground squirrels – sometimes called pot gut. They live on mountains in western United States. This pair was photographed by Jim Leonard at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. So, what do you think they are saying?

This wildlife camera in Zion National Park gives a whole new meaning to the term “selfie.”Photo: National Park Service

This wildlife camera in Zion National Park gives a whole new meaning to the term “selfie.”

Photo: National Park Service

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Last week we asked you to send us photos and videos of your engagements or weddings on America’s public lands and we have been blown away by your responses! Unfortunately we could not include every submission that we received, but we think you will love what we put together.