Visiting US National Parks (Virtually)

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Check out this treasure trove of virtual nature experiences — from sound libraries, to web cams, to virtual events at US national parks. Wildlife Camera Traps National Parks Traveling Naturalist

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The Cherokee National Forest just got bigger!

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Through multi-partnerships, cooperation, federal funding, and the private conservation efforts of one family, 616 acres were officially added to the Cherokee National Forest in September 2018. Featured image – Cherokee National Forest, southern section.). The post The Cherokee National Forest just got bigger! Conservation Destinations Blue Ridge Mountains Cherokee National Forest616 acres added in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Returning to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

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Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Marks National Wildlife Refuge appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Marks National Wildlife RefugeThe summer of 2019 will forever be defined by my move to Tallahassee. Though only three hours from my previous hometown, this relocation was still characterized by the endless sifting through things (do I take this? do I leave that?),

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Alaska Day: Birds and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act

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It is therefore appropriate for birders to pause and recognize significance of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). By designating more than 97 million acres for new parks and refuges, we are doubling the size of our National Park and Wildlife Refuge System. ANILCA created, consolidated, expanded, or otherwise protected numerous units of federal public land systems, including: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.

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eBirding National Wildlife Refuges

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I am something of an aficionado of National Wildlife Refuges. The new features are called “ Explore a National Wildlife Refuge ,” and they can be found in the “explore” tab under the “explore a region” sub-tab. This is an excellent development: the National Wildlife Refuge System is likely the most important avian conservation system in the United States and separately providing NWR eBird data can only reinforce that important fact and make it more widely known to birders.

JustAhead app supercharges national park vacations

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national parks. The audio guide recently garnered […] JustAhead app supercharges national park vacations is a post from: Green Traveler Guides. California North America United States Utah app for US national parks JustAhead travel guide for US national parks | Green Travel News | A new GPS-powered travel app turns smartphones into hands-free audio tours of Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, Death Valley and several more U.S.

Top 25 National Wildlife Refuges for Birding

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There are more than 550 national wildlife refuges in the United States, with at least one in every state and one within an hour drive of almost every major American city. Unlike national parks, national forests, national monuments, and other federal lands which must balance competing interests such as recreation and resource extraction, national wildlife refuges are legally required to be maintained for the preservation of wildlife.

Miami Mega Mall vs. Everglades National Park

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While there’s nothing inherently noteworthy about another super complex, this one will sit in uncomfortable proximity to the Everglades National Park. Everglades National Park is an Audubon designated IBA ( Important Bird Area ), and here are some beauties we best go see before ‘progress’ isn’t so progressive. Everglades National Park. Everglades National Park. National Park Service photo.). Birding Conservation Everglades National Park Florida

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Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

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The Dry Tortugas National Park , seven bits of lands comprised of coral and sand, is home to seven nesting avian species, 40 winter visitors, and 250+ fly-through bird species during spring and fall migrations. Not only do they fill my field of vision, they create nature’s soundtrack for this national park. Perhaps it’s fitting that Sooty should choose to nest with all its family on one of the most inaccessible national parks (for humans) in the world.

Mountain Bluebirds at Lassen Volcanic National Park

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And secondly, I realized of all the posts I have written on birds of Lassen Volcanic National Park , I have never really given much detail on the park itself. Lassen Volcanic National Park was established a year later on August 9, 1916. As the fifteenth national park established by Congress, it is one of the oldest national parks in the United States. Birds Destinations Lassen Volcanic National Park Mountain Bluebirds national parks

Birding Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana

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It’s that coastline, however, that called me to Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge, an oasis drawing migrating waterfowl like a magnet. The post Birding Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Trips louisiana national wildlife refugeLouisiana is known for a lot of things.

The Splendor of Birds and National Geographic: a Book Review

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Take a moment, then, to give thanks for the remaining good ones, the primary example being National Geographic. This year, the one now coming to a close, has been “The Year of the Bird,” as declared by National Geographic (as well as the National Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and BirdLife International). It is organized chronologically, in four chapters, beginning in 1888, when the National Geographic Society was formed.

The Whistling Ducks of Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

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On a sandbar in the center of the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, hundreds of ducks swirled around each other or lay down to take cover against the punishing wind. The post The Whistling Ducks of Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Trips national wildlife refuge Texas whistling ducksI couldn’t believe it.

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Some of My Favorite National Wildlife Refuge Photos

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I think most of you know how important our National Wildlife Refuge system is to me. This week I have simply put together a post featuring several of my favorite photos, all taken on our National Wildlife Refuges. The featured image above was taken from photo blind #1 at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge (SNWR). The photo blind at Delevan National Wildlife Refuge gave me this close up of a Peregrine Falcon ( Falco peregrinus ).

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A Gathering at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

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As I always do on the way home, following a short visit to the San Francisco Bay Area, I take in at least one of the National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) found in the Sacramento Valley. I’m hoping this will give you an incentive to get out and experience a National Wildlife Refuge in your area during this fall migration. There are over 560 National Wildlife Refuges across the United States, at least one in every state.

Yanchep National Park-Perth

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Yanchep National Park is a very popular destination if you are visiting Perth and have access to a vehicle. Herdsman Lake is very good if you only have access to public transport and will offer great birds like Blue-billed Ducks and Musk Ducks , but if you have a vehicle you should try and visit the Perth Hills National Parks and also Yanchep National Park. After visiting Yanchep National Park the nearby suburb of Yanchep is worth a visit.

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Perth Hills National Parks

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There are some excellent National Parks in the hills to the east of Perth city and they are all worth a visit at any time of year. One advantage of camping in a tent is that you can also camp at the Beelu National Park and they have an online booking site , so you can see if sites are available prior to arriving. Beelu National Park has numerous trails that you can walk and the Bibbulmun Track also passes by the Perth Discovery Centre and camp site.

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National Geographic Posts Favorite Photos

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National Geographic is famous for bringing us incredible photos that tell stories of culture, adventure, and exploration. So grab a cup of coffee and peruse away: National Geographic Photos. Celebrate National Trails Day This Saturday, June 4th Here, editors offer their favorite selections from the 2011 contest submissions. You can wander through each week’s gallery or browse the photo categories—people, places, and nature.

The National Wildlife Refuge System: Birders Leading the Way

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He has visited more than 40 National Wildlife Refuges in 20 states and frequently visits NWRs in his travels, most recently Buenos Aires NWR in southern Arizona. One of the nation’s premier birding locations had been overrun by an armed militia and the occupation unexpectedly endured for weeks. The focus on Malheur is and was appropriate, but we should not lose sight of the significance of the entire National Wildlife Refuge System. Jason A.

What is the National Bird of Italy?

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Italy has no national bird! Some places on the web claim that the national bird of Italy is the “bluebird” but this is so untrue that it does not make sense. The lack of a national bird is not because Italy has a paucity of birds or a lack of interest in symbols. The only living creature given “national” status by Italy is the Italian Wolf , which is apparently their national animal. What do you think the national bird of Italy should be?

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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Black Bears

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When I was reading up on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and realized that it is supposed to be the easiest place on the east coast to see Black Bears I was pretty excited. After my predawn encounter with the four bears I spent the next two-and-a-half hours birding in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge proper without seeing a single bear. … Mammals Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge bears Black Bear North Carolina

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Week 16: South Africa and Kruger National Park

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We got here and dropped our luggage, and headed straight for the Crocodile River Gate entrance to Kruger National Park. Since we will be in Cape Town for a week after leaving here, we will be able to use it there at Table Mountain National Park as well. Just stepping away from the birds for a minute, because you can’t really do any kind of story about Kruger National Park, and not at least mention the animals. Trips Kruger National Park South Africa The Little Big Year

Nationalism is an infantile disease

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) “Nationalism is an infantile disease. " ~ Albert Einstein Nationalism and even the nation state are obsolete, in fact they have been thus for ever and a day, and both have been the cause for many of the wars throughout history while others, that is true, were for prestige, resources and such. This is a dangerous development and this nationalism generally ends in fascism. fascism nationalism politics

Canada’s National Bird: And the Winner Is …

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Those of you who have been waiting with bated breath for the past few months in anticipation can finally exhale: Canada has a new national bird. Whether the Canadian government will adopt this recommendation remains to be seen; at the moment, there is no official Canadian national bird. The organization’s officials note that the country’s upcoming sesquicentennial is the perfect time to select a national bird.

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Birding Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

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But if you want herons and ducks and shorebirds and geese and egrets and swans and rails the best bet is the famed Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge along State Route 2 in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Trips Midwest Birding Symposium Ohio Ottawa National Wildlife RefugeWhen in northwest Ohio there are many options from which to choose a birding site.

Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge

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For me, the real jewel of central Oregon is Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. Growing up in central Oregon, allowed me to experience such a diverse amount of habitat, and the wildlife that resides there. It is a high desert, with sagebrush flats, surrounded by Ponderosa Pines, yet we still have large waterways, for waterfowl and shorebirds.

Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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That being said, I found this juvenile recently at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. The complex headquarters at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge , Colusa NWR , and Delevan NWR all have photo blinds that are available to reserve. Birds hawks National Wildlife Refuges raptors Red-shouldered Hawk Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Red-shouldered Hawks ( Buteo lineatus ) are one of my favorite raptors and I am fortunate to have them nesting near my property.

Looking for Waterfowl in Gulf Islands National Seashore

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After being “officially” closed during the government shutdown, Florida’s Gulf Islands National Seashore didn’t look too worse for wear when my husband and I visited over the weekend. I’ve had a slow birding start to 2019, but Gulf Islands National Seashore added nearly a dozen new varieties to my annual count, inspiring me to delegate more time to birding in the near future! Trips Florida Gulf Islands National Seashore waterfowl

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Feeding the nation

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The first and foremost job and task of a farmer is not to produce for the export market but it is that of feeding the nation. Any surplus, after the needs of the nation have been satisfied, that is for export but growing specifically, as seem seem to be doing, for the export market is not in the brief. First feed the nation. feeding the nation and the job of the forester is. producing timber for the nation.

More on user fees at national parks

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That doesn’t apply when the public good starts to experience congestion problems, and that’s what’s happening in some of our national parks.   Equity and accessibility are important issues, but an entrance fee is a tiny fraction of the overall cost of visiting a national park, most of which are located far from centers of population. But to preserve our national parks for the next 100 years, it is necessary. 

National Tree Week 2016

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26th November to 4th December CHANGING VIEWS As National Tree Week – the UK’s biggest annual festival of trees – approaches, The Tree Council is encouraging everyone to consider how they can change views for the better by planting and celebrating trees. National Tree Week provides communities with the impetus to fight back by planting the trees of the future and attempting to change the view for future generations.

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Calilegua National Park Birding – Trip Report

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Calilegua National Park Birding – Trip Report. Driving to Calilegua National Park was not very difficult, apart from one wrong highway exit, we did not have any other troubles. Calilegua is the only national park in the province of Jujuy that protects 76,000 ha of Yungas forest providing a bird sanctuary for many endemic species that live in this special forest. … continued from: Bird Watching Laguna del los Pozuelos.

Happy National Brown Bag It Day

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May 25 th is national brown bag it day, a day to reflect on what we eat and how much we spend on our lunch breaks…… It is the common practice to run to the nearest fast food joint, cafeteria line or vending machine to satisfy our demanding hunger, however, the trouble with eating this way is, doing so can rob you of your health and your finances.

The Duck Stamp and Lack of National Wildlife Refuge Funding

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The National Wildlife Refuge system is one of America’s greatest treasures. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) entitled “ BANKING ON NATURE: The Economic Benefits to Local Communities of National Wildlife Refuge Visitation 1 , ” recreational visits to national wildlife refuges generate substantial economic activity. Funds for National Wildlife Refuge land acquisition come from several sources.

"Nation's Economists Quietly Evacuating Their Families"

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financial system wavers, the nation’s economists have begun abandoning their homes and sending their loved ones overseas. “We’ve At press time, none of the nation’s economists could be reached for comment. If you are a mercantilist (one who thinks a trade surplus is good for the economy because the national income accounting identity shows that GDP is smaller with a trade deficit) then you think this is a bad thing for the U.S. Is a strong dollar a good thing for the U.S.

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American Pipit at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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This bird was visiting Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge when I photographed it from the photo blind there two years ago. Birding American Pipit pipits Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge The American Pipit ( Anthus rubescens ) is described as a slim-billed, sparrow-like bird of open country. They migrate down from alpine and arctic tundra to lower latitudes in the non-breeding season (click on photos for full sized images).

What is the National Bird of Nicaragua?

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / What is the National Bird of Nicaragua? What is the National Bird of Nicaragua? By Corey • March 11, 2011 • 6 comments Tweet Share The national bird of Nicaragua is the Turquoise-browed Motmot. As the national bird the Turquoise-browed Motmot is even on Nicaraguan currency, with its visage appearing on the 200-córdoba note.

Spurn National Nature Reserve

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During our visit to the UK last year we were able to make two visits to Spurn National Nature Reserve and this area is only 27km (16.8 There are no facilities on the point and a few hours are needed to explore it.The Spurn National Nature Reserve is very popular due to the fact that there are coastal areas, river access, the Canal Scrape hide and the surrounding fields that offer a huge variety of birds.

Fishing at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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Fishing is not one of the recreational activities allowed at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge but apparently no one has passed that information on to the local bird population. Birds egrets Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Snowy Egret wading birds Click on photos for full sized images. This Snowy Egret ( Egretta thula ) is often found on the six mile auto tour route at the bottom of a dam where water flows into the adjacent irrigation canal.

Birding and Fly-fishing in Pisgah National Forest

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My fiancé and I now fish and bird together frequently, and over my graduate program’s spring break turned our sights to Pisgah National Forest in the mountains of western North Carolina. Pisgah National Forest stretches across 500,000 acres, and is popular with campers, bicyclists, hikers, anglers, and of course, birders. Trips fishing North Carolina Pisgah National Forest

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What is the National Bird of Britain?

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By the time the cigar smoke cleared and the port had soaked through the tablecloth, the Robin had taken its place as Britain’s National Bird. A popular vote shall be held” announced David, “and whosoever wins the poll shall be acknowledged as Britain’s National Bird”. Then, as the cigar smoke clears and the brandy warmers gutter, a handful of mandarins will decide whether or not to accept the popular vote and adopt the Robin as Britain’s National Bird.

Birding Zion National Park in Winter

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According to most sources the time to visit Zion National Park is in spring. That said, there is really no bad time to visit a national treasure like Zion National Park. Anyway, our day Sunday, once we managed to get everyone out of the house and into the cars, was spent exploring the core of Zion National Park, Zion Canyon. Desi and Audrey with their Uncle Matt walking the Pa’rus Trail at Zion National Park.

National Vegetarian Week 2016

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National Vegetarian Week 16-22 May 2016 National Vegetarian Week 2016 runs from 16-24 May – now in its 24th year this celebration of all things veggie is a great time to talk about food, traditions and those special dishes. National Vegetarian Week (NVW) 2016 is the ideal seven days to share your meat-free recipes, promote veggie products, showcase menus and launch new ranges.

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