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“Hey, nice marmot.” — The Dude
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Did you know a marmot's usual day consists of morning and evening feedings, while they spend the middle of the day and nights hidden in their burrows? Not bad. Marmots are one of the largest members of the squirrel family. They can be two feet in length and weigh up to 11 pounds. Their large body size is an adaptation to the cold, high elevation sites in which they live. Marmots have reddish-brown fur and a yellow belly, from which they get their name. They are related to woodchucks and groundhogs in other parts of the country.
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Image: Close-up of a yellow-bellied marmot on rock, with dark head, reddish body.
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"If you can't be in awe of Mother Nature, there's something wrong with you." - Alex Trebek
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Answer: This park inspires me to travel more, learn more, and preserve our nation’s special places.
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Please answer in the form of a question.
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Image: Sunset over Lake McDonald at Glacier National Park in Montana./Jacob W. Frank
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Otterly exhausted...who’s up for a nap?
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Did you know otters can have up to one million hairs per square inch? There are two layers of fur—an undercoat and then longer hairs that we can see. The layers manage to trap air next to the otter's skin, which keeps the otters dry and warm, handy in Minnesota, and also helps with buoyancy.
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Image: Two otters are seen lounging on a boat dock. One is lying with its head on top of the other.
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“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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Miles of sand beach, bluffs that tower 450’ above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, unique flora and fauna make up the natural world of @sleepingbearnps. High dunes afford spectacular views across the lake.
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Image: Vibrant colors of a Michigan sunset at Sleeping Bear Dunes.
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“Go, Mordecai!” - Richie Tenenbaum
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The peregrine falcon is one of nature's swiftest and most beautiful birds of prey. Its name comes from the Latin word peregrinus, meaning "foreigner" or "traveler." This impressive bird has long been noted for its speed, grace, and aerial skills. This peregrine falcon is perched upon the very edge of a ray on the Statue of Liberty’s crown.
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NPS Image: A peregrine falcon perched upon the edge of the Statue of Liberty’s crown with the New York City skyline in the background.
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“In life, it’s not where you go, it’s who you travel with.” – Charles Schulz
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Image: Two Humpback whale tails side by side at Alaska’s @kenaifjordsnps/Kay White
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Guam’s War in the Pacific National Historical Park was established to commemorate the bravery, courage, and sacrifice of those participating in the campaigns of the Pacific Theater of World War II. Today, the park burgeons with life. Scars and stains of World War II still remain on many #Pacific islands, but over time, vibrant plant and animal communities have dramatically rebounded. Within the park's boundaries lie coral reefs, seagrass beds, tropical savanna grasslands, limestone forests, bogs, streams, coastal and forest wetlands, offshore islets, and even a mahogany forest! These outstanding environments create homes for rare animals and provide a laboratory for scientific inquiry and research.
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Image: Sunset view along the beach of Apaca Point at War in The Pacific National Historical Park, Guam/NPS
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Nothing ruins your Friday like finding out it's only Wednesday.
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Did you know the Eastern Screech owl is one of the smallest species of owls in North America? Contrary to their name, Screech Owls do not screech all that often but their mysterious, eerie trill is often used in shows or movies to “set the mood”.
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The Eastern-Screech Owl comes in colors ranging from browns, grays, and rusts. Found in wooded areas across the eastern region of America, these owls are patterned with complex bands and spots that give them excellent camouflage against tree bark. Male and females form breeding pairs, sharing a permanent bond and usually remaining together for life. These owls do not make their own nest but instead use tree cavities and holes or nests made by other animals.
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Image: Side view of gray- feathered Eastern Screech owl at @shenandoahnps/NPS 🦉
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“Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy.” - Ms. Frizzle.
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Parks are living laboratories where scientists ask questions and explore the world around them. They observe and experiment and learn from interactions of plants and animals in their natural environment. What they learn helps parks better manage the amazing natural and cultural resources within the service, as well as inspire future generations to visit, study, and preserve these magical places.
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Image: School bus travels down a park road at Florida’s @timucuannps/NPS🦎
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Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809. Lincoln is one of our nation’s most well-known presidents. Today, connections to the 16th president are felt across the country. There are six units in the National Park Service wholly, or partially, dedicated to Abraham #Lincoln including: Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, the Lincoln Memorial, part of National Mall and Memorial Parks, and Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
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Have you visited a park that explores the legacy of the 16th President?
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Image: Interior view of Lincoln Memorial with statue of Abraham Lincoln in Washington D.C.
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Oh, you ran a marathon? How heavy was the sleigh?
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Sled dogs are tough. At @denalinps, sled dogs and rangers continue to work together to protect the wilderness of the park as they have since the 1920s. Their job has evolved over time and while they are no longer just patrolling for poachers, they are still performing essential and inspiring work in protecting and preserving the unique character of Denali. Sled dogs have hearts and brains that machines like snowmobiles and airplanes do not. Every kennels ranger has a story of wise lead dogs helping them navigate to a patrol cabin in a white out or to avoid dangerous ice obscured under snow. The dogs know this landscape so well they can provide invaluable wisdom that machines cannot. While a team of sled dogs is obviously far slower than an airplane or a snowmobile, they are arguably more reliable to operate in the extreme conditions of a sub-arctic winter.
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Image: Close-up of Alaskan husky/sled dog, which have been an integral part of Denali since the 1920s/Lian Law
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The slug life chose me...
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Watch your step! When not enjoying the trails of Muir Woods National Monument, banana slugs help the overall health of the woods by eating dead plant matter, like leaves, logs, and branches, and converting it to nutrient-rich soil. Named for their yellow banana-like features, banana slugs leave translucent eggs hidden in leaves or logs on the forest floor. One defining characteristic is their slime. This slime contains chemicals that can numb your tongue (no slug licking!) in order to deter predators. Slugs can absorb up to 100 times their original weight in water, which works both as a lubricant and a sticky adhesive.
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Learn more about this month’s #NPSGetaway at nps.gov.
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Image: Upclose image of yellow Banana slug on the move. No really, it’s moving./NPS
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