Category: animals

Happy World Sea Turtle Day! 🐢

Happy World Sea Turtle Day! 🐢

On public lands across the country, we are working to protect turtle habitat, monitor turtle nests and ensure hatchlings make it to the ocean. At Dry Tortugas National Park – the most active turtle nesting site in the Florida Keys – park biologists have been monitoring sea turtle nesting activity within the park since 1980. Learn more about different types of turtles found on public lands: https://on.doi.gov/2rTZ7gf

Sea turtle hatchlings at Dry Tortugas by National Park Service.  

Lilac crown

Lilac crown

Primary colours

Primary colours

Weevil²

Weevil²

Slide

Slide

Bed of nails

Bed of nails

Happy World Turtle Day! 🐢

Happy World Turtle Day! 🐢

Started in 2000, World Turtle Day aims to increase the public’s knowledge about turtles and tortoises. At home wherever they roam, turtles are some of the most diverse creatures – over 300 turtle species exist with 57 species in the U.S., and they’re found on every continent except Antarctica. And they play a vital role in the ecosystem, helping spread seeds on the land and supporting other marine life in the sea. On public lands across the country, we are working to protect turtle habitat and monitor turtle nests and hatchings. 

Shell-abrate World Turtle Day with awesome turtle facts and photos: https://on.doi.gov/2rTZ7gf

There and back again

There and back again

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers out there! 

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers out there! 

Mothers feed, protect and share life lessons like this mama fox. Fox pups spend most of the summer in or near the den with their mothers providing them with food and teaching them how to hunt. When the pups are about seven months old, they’re ready to strike out on their own. While this looks like a tender moment, it’s a teaching moment with the mama fox is scolding one of her young for biting her tail. 

Check out more hard-working animal moms: https://on.doi.gov/2I756tl 

Photo from Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park by Rick Kramer (www.sharetheexperience.org).

Cold spring

Cold spring