America's Great Outdoors
The sea otter version of a pedicure in Glacier Bay National Park.Photo: National Park Service

The sea otter version of a pedicure in Glacier Bay National Park.

Photo: National Park Service

Early morning take off over Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico. Established in 1939 to provide a critical stopover for migrating waterfowl, the refuge is well known for the thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl that winter here each year. Photo: Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Early morning take off over Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico. Established in 1939 to provide a critical stopover for migrating waterfowl, the refuge is well known for the thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl that winter here each year. 

Photo: Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org)

This kodiak bear in Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge clearly doesn’t care about the refuge rules.Photo: Steve Hillebrand, USFWS

This kodiak bear in Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge clearly doesn’t care about the refuge rules.

Photo: Steve Hillebrand, USFWS

In the battle between raccoon and sandhill crane, it appears we have a winner.

A raccoon attempts to snag an easy meal at one of the feeders set up to supply the Mississippi sandhills with extra calories during the nesting season at the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge. The two adult cranes decide that this will not happen on their watch and begin to display defensive behavior — the raccoon rethinks his strategy and decides to find lunch elsewhere! A juvenile crane (the drab colored individual) watches and learns in the background.

(Photo USFWS Camera Trap)

Now that is a mouthful! What a great photo of a American white pelican taken at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.Photo: John Savage/National Wildlife Refuge Association

Now that is a mouthful! What a great photo of a American white pelican taken at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

Photo: John Savage/National Wildlife Refuge Association

Evening traffic in Denali National Park. Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit

Evening traffic in Denali National Park.

Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit

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

How hot is it in Death Valley National Park? So hot that this coyote pup decided to cool off in this bird bath!Photo: National Park Service

How hot is it in Death Valley National Park? So hot that this coyote pup decided to cool off in this bird bath!

Photo: National Park Service

Seen on an early morning patrol in Arches National Park: a cottontail transfixed with fear, a snake still too sluggish to strike, and a chipmunk chirping its fool head off.What happened next, you ask? The bunny hopped away, the patrol ranger escorted the snake safely out of the road, and the chipmunk bored quickly and left. Undramatic, as nature often is — when not scripted for TV.Photo: National Park Service

Seen on an early morning patrol in Arches National Park: a cottontail transfixed with fear, a snake still too sluggish to strike, and a chipmunk chirping its fool head off.

What happened next, you ask? The bunny hopped away, the patrol ranger escorted the snake safely out of the road, and the chipmunk bored quickly and left. Undramatic, as nature often is — when not scripted for TV.

Photo: National Park Service

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!