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Deep thinker who likes to roam free.
Yellowstone, USA
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Relationship: It’s complicated
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Body Type: Athletic, a few extra pounds in the winter
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Favorite Food: Grasses, brush, twigs
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Likes: Standing in road blocking traffic, using waysides as scratching posts, long walks on the prairie
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Dislikes: Photographers who get too close. Bison jokes.
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Looking for: My herd. Where’d they go?
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More info: Stuck in a rut. Looking to expand horizons, or at least find a new one. Tired of wallowing in same old mud puddle.
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Image: Profile view of a bison standing at @yellowstonenps.
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#FindYourPark #bison #nationalparkservice #natureupclose #yellowstonenationalpark

It’s the first day of #spring! Warmer days bring the first signs of the changing seasons, including these daffodils at Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park. What’s your favorite sign that spring is here?
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Image: Small white-frame church building surrounded by woods and yellow flowers. NPS/Kristina Plass
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#FindYourPark #springequinox #firstdayofspring #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark #tennessee

Alan! Alan! Alan! Alan! Alan! Alan! Oh wait, that's not Alan. It's Steve!”
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Arctic ground squirrels are the largest and most northern of the North American ground squirrels. This species is common in the ice-free mountainous regions of Denali in Alaska. They are always on the lookout from above and below. When they spot something out of place, or Alan, they'll make a series of barking alarm calls to alert others. Learn more at www.nps.gov/dena/learn/nature.
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lmage: A ground squirrel at Denali National Park and Preserve on its hind legs, barking an alert, while another squirrel looks on. NPS/ Robbie Hannawacker
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#FindYourPark #nationalparkservice #alaska #squirrel #alanalanalan

“Let’s get out there and explore.” - Ms. Frizzle
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The rugged beauty of South Dakota’s Badlands National Park draws visitors from around the world. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today.
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Image: Several tall ridges, hills, and many hoodoos rise above the plains at Badlands National Park/ Mackenzie Reed
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#FindYourPark #LetsExplore #badlands #EarthScience #southdakota #nationalparkservice

I may look like I'm having deep thoughts, but 99% of the time, I'm thinking about what I'm going to eat later...
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When spring arrives and the snow begins to melt, bears start to reappear after months of deep sleep. When bears emerge from their dens, understandably hungry, they immediately begin to search for food. And there is plenty to eat. Receding snow reveals vegetation rich in nutrients. Winter kill - deer, elk, moose or anything else that may fancy a bear’s taste buds, are easy pickings. It’s an important time of the year for a bear as it begins the process of nourishing itself, continually gorging on food throughout the year in preparation for hibernation in the fall.
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Image: A brown bear staring intently while resting on a log. The growling noise may be stomach related. /J. Ehrlenbach
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#HungryAsABear #findyourpark #nationalparkservice #bear #natureupclose #alaska

Fifty shades of green...
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Did you know green is one of the most common colors of the Aurora Borealis? Most solar particles collide with our atmosphere at an altitude where there are high concentrations of oxygen, which can cause the Aurora to appear in shades of green. Combined with the eye’s greater ability to detect the green color spectrum makes it the most predominant and frequent Auroral color.
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Image: Green shimmering northern lights over a snowy forest and mountain landscape at @denalinps/Kent Miller
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#FindYourPark #nationalparkservice #alaska #stpatricksday #green #auroraborealis #greensky

For years, women's park uniforms varied widely and tended to follow fashion trends of the time. In the late 1970s, the National Park Service authorized women to wear the same green and gray, in all of its configurations, as their male counterparts. Learn more about the evolution of the park uniform at https://www.nps.gov/articles/breeches-blouses.htm
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Image: Illustration of four women wearing historical, green park service uniforms.
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#WomensHistoryMonth #StPatricksDay ☘️ #FindYourPark #uniforms #womenshistory #green

Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California.
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Image: Joshua trees against a backdrop of purple and red clouds./Brad Sutton
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#Nationalparkservice #findyourpark #joshuatreenationalpark #beautifulsky #california #parksunset

I’m a moose, I’m a moose will you do the Fandango...
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Have an “amoosing” weekend!
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Image: #Moose with tongue sticking out at Grand Teton National Park/C.Adams
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#FindYourPark #FridayFeeling #natureupclose #bohemianmoose #nationalparkservice

"Traveling through hyperspace ain't like dusting crops, farm boy...” - Han Solo
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Wait? Those aren’t stars. That’s ice! Located in a world of snow and ice. Not Hoth, but Upper Minnesota...ice bubbles are frozen in the Grand Portage Bay. The bubbles form as air rises from the bottom of the lake, then freeze as they get close to the surface.
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Image: Ice formations and bubbles frozen beneath the surface./Lori Anishnabie
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#FindYourPark #nationalparkservice #grandportage #minnesota #ice #icebubbles

“There's nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend.” ― Bob Ross
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Spring is just around the corner. It’s a great time to start planning your next park adventure. Where will you visit this year? Asking for a tree.
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Image: Sunlight streams through a forest of trees at Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.
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#FindYourPark #SpringIsInTheAir #treesofinstagram #tree #nationalparkservice #askingforafriend

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet...” - Stephen Hawking
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We do recommend looking at your feet every once and a while. Safety first! At least until you find the perfect spot for stargazing. Many parks offer amazing night sky viewing areas. Do you have a favorite?
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Image: Silhouette of a park visitor and trees against a starry sky at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado./Grossman
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#findyourpark #nationalparkservice #nightsky #starrynight #colorado #rockymountainnationalpark @rockynps

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