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It’s the weekend, time to go bear-zerk! With a little patience and luck, visitors to Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge may see black bears like this cub in North Carolina. Alligator River has what is believed to be the highest concentration of black bear in the southeastern United States. As National Wildlife Refuge Week (October 13-19) ends, our celebration and appreciation of the lands and waters of the do not. We’ll keep sharing the wonder of these incredible places from the National Wildlife Refuge System all year long. Photo courtesy of Cass Girvin.

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Have you ever been to Alaska? Officially transferred from Russia to the United States on this day in 1867, Alaska is a vast land of epic natural beauty, incredible human history and some of the best wildlife viewing on Earth. Brown bears swipe salmon from pristine rivers, huge herds of caribou roam across the tundra and cute sea otters float together off endless stretches of gorgeous coastline. Some of the best places to enjoy Alaska are on public lands, like Alaska Peninsula and Becharof National Wildlife Refuges. They’re otterly fun! Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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The end of the day provokes purple skies and tranquil waters at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. This brackish tidal marsh is a vital waterfowl sanctuary. It was created to support birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway, and does that and so much more. All week long we’ve been celebrating the varied and critical roles of national wildlife refuges and Blackwater is no different. The tidal marsh buffers storm waters, slows erosion and absorbs pollutants before they reach the bay. Photo courtesy of Youchun Yao.

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In the fall, the leaf display in the northern woods of Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in Maine is simply breathtaking. The forest is made up of maple, aspen, birch, spruce and fir trees. The refuge is named for Moosehorn stream, a waterway within its boundaries. Black bears are often spotted foraging under apple trees in the fall. White-tailed deer and moose feed in the clearings. Coyotes, snowshoe hares, beaver and river otters may be seen when you explore some of the 50 miles of available trails. Photo by Keith Ramos, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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A bison roams the golden grasses at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado, one of our largest urban wildlife refuges. Only about 20 minutes from the Denver airport, take the 11-mile Wildlife Drive and keep your eyes peeled for bison, mule and white-tailed deer, hawks and waterfowl. Near the visitor center, you can learn more about the refuge’s population of endangered black-footed ferrets and the current conservation work. Whether you’re passing through Colorado or you call this place home, the refuge is yours to explore. Photo by Ian Shive, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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A landscape of mystery and wonder, the Volcanic Tablelands were formed by a cataclysmic eruption over 700,000 years ago. Spreading out across Owens Valley in California, the tablelands are now known for resilient wildlife, world-class climbing and ancient Native American petroglyphs. These dramatic drawings range from 1,000 to 10,000 years old and help tell the stories of America’s first people. They represent a priceless cultural treasure, especially to the Paiute-Shoshone. All visitors to the area are asked to treat the petroglyphs with respect and Leave No Trace. Photo by Jesse Pluim, Bureau of Land Management ( @mypubliclands ).

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From late October through early spring, impressive flocks of snow geese and sandhill cranes lift off the pond with a cacophony of honking and wings beating furiously. Visiting Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico leaves most visitors in complete awe of the birds and their synchronicity. Today marks the first day of #NationalWildlifeRefuge Week!  Join us in sharing stories and celebrating the vast network of lands and waters across the country that make up the USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System. Photo by Kristina Lauer (

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As you enter Zion National Park in Utah, you immediately know you’re in a special place. The red rock walls stretching towards the sky, the Virgin River flowing by you and miles of trails to guide you towards nature’s great wonders. There is so much to see and do. While many visitors gather around iconic sights like Angels Landing, the Narrows and the Watchmen – seen here – there are many other stunning locations in the north and east sides of the park that are not as busy. No matter how eager you are to see everything, from time to time, you must stop and just enjoy a moment of peace in this gorgeous park. Photo by Matt Meisenheimer (

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A hub of activity at Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, the Exit Glacier area offers visitors a chance to witness up close the power and beauty of a massive river of ice. The nearby Exit Glacier Nature Center continues your education and the trailhead for the Harding Icefield Trail is your gateway to an incredible experience on a frozen landscape. Summer and fall are the best times to visit, as colorful streaks of wildflowers and changing leaves perk up your photos and memories. Photo by National Park Service.

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Take a walk through the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness in New Mexico, and you’ll feel like you’ve crossed over into another world. The natural elements have etched strange rock formations made of interbedded sandstone, shale, mudstone, coal and silt. With a myriad of unusual forms and shadows, this area is a photographer’s dream. Just be sure to come prepared with water and GPS or hire a guide. It’s important to come prepared, so the only way you get lost is in wonder. Photo by Jim Mangum (

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Fall is putting on a colorful show at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota. The red leaves of the maple, the gold leaves of the aspen, and the green needles of the Jack and White pines, create a colorfully painted landscape. Autumn is a time of renewal and preparation for the cold days of winter to follow. Take a hike through the woods, or a ride along the shoreline to experience the beauty of the season, but don’t delay. Soon the leaves will fall and crackle below your feet, waiting to be covered with the coming snow. Photo by National Park Service.

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Let’s talk about a legacy of fun! On October 8, 1964, President Johnson signed an act formally establishing Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Arizona and Nevada. The act redesignated the old Boulder Dam Recreation Area and included Lake Mohave. Now the first National Recreation Area established by Congress covers almost 1.5 million acres of land and water. Boating, hiking, photography, fishing and swimming are all popular at this aquatic playground. We recommend taking a kayak to Emerald Cave to see the unbelievable green waters. Photo by Cheryl Hobbs (

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Although never a place of permanent habitation, generations of Hawaiians have journeyed to the summit of Haleakalā for many reasons. Some came to honor the gods, or to say farewell to the deceased. Some came to hunt birds for feathers or for food. Others quarried the fine-grained basalt rock to create stone tools. All who ventured to the volcanic summit, considered it to be a sacred place. Many of the legends associated with Haleakalā center around the demi-god Maui. It was Maui who pulled up the island chain we call Hawai`i with his skillfully made fishhook and line. It is here on the summit of Haleakalā that Maui snared the sun. A wilderness of the gods and a stunning natural landscape, Haleakalā National Park will make your spirits soar. Photo by Rick Vega (

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Though many may assume that the high desert of Arizona is hot, dry, and barren, it is, in fact, full of life and color. Located near the Four Corners in northeastern Arizona, Canyon de Chelly National Monument experiences all four seasons, but Fall is arguably the best. The air is crisp and filled with the aroma of juniper and pinon burning in the wood stoves of traditional hogans dotting this still inhabited canyon. The cottonwood trees lining the wash start turning a vibrant yellow, creating a lovely display in this sacred place. Photo and words courtesy of Nina Mayer Ritchie. 

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There are so many reasons to love Acadia National Park in Maine: sunrise at Cadillac Mountain, crashing waves at Thunder Hole, hiking up the Beehive, the night sky over Sandy Beach and learning about its impact on American art. But for many people, Acadia brings to mind fall color. The transition of leaves to red, orange and yellow is an astonishing sight to behold. From forested trails to towering overlooks, the autumn beauty of this park can not be denied. Photo from October, 2018 by Michael Rickard (

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One of the best things about getting outdoors is seeing wildlife. We can admire their uniqueness and imagine their lives. How high can a bluebird fly? Do deer get sad in the rain? What do alligators eat? How nervous is that turtle right now? These are the questions we ask ourselves on World Animal Day. Discover more fascinating wildlife stories at Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of Mickey Foster, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service volunteer.

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The South Fork of the Snake River flows for 66 miles across southeastern Idaho, through high mountain valleys, rugged canyons and broad floodplains. An incredible resource for outdoor recreation, more than 300,000 anglers, campers, hikers, boaters and birders visit the South Fork each year. The river corridor is also home to an impressive array of wildlife including moose, deer, elk, mountain goats, mountain lions, black bears, bobcats, coyotes, river otter, beaver, fox, mink and 126 bird species, including 21 raptors, meriting a “National Important Bird Area” designation. Photo courtesy of Jim Shane, Bureau of Land Management Artist-In-Residence (@mypubliclands).

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I like fat bears and I can not lie. In preparation for the long, harsh winter, brown bears at Katmai National Park & Preserve in Alaska have been spent the last months stuffing themselves and packing on the pounds. The chubbiest bears are the ones most likely to emerge healthy next spring. Every year, Katmai features before and after photos of some of the park’s bears so that the public can vote for their favorite husky bears. The competition starts tomorrow on their Facebook page. Do yourself a huge favor and check it out: Photos by National Park Service.

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Happy Birthday to Yosemite National Park! On this day in 1890, Yosemite became our 3rd national park. This spectacular landscape was first protected with the Yosemite Grant Act in 1864, which set aside 39,000 acres of Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove to the State of California. When President Abraham Lincoln signed that legislation, it was the first time in U.S. history that land was designated for public use and preservation. For more than a century, millions of people have been inspired by this special place. Photo by National Park Service.

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Fall is a wonderful time of year. It’s the season for crisp mornings, colorful leaves, football and pumpkin spice everything. Autumn also reminds us of school pictures. You’d dress up nice, line up with your class, strike a thoughtful pose and try not to look goofy in front of a random background. This young fox at Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska knows what we’re talking about. Photo by Kristine Sowl, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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