Category: Halloween

Whoo whoo’s ready for Halloween? As the sun sets and costumed candy hunters emerge, so will owls like this great horned owl @mypubliclands Marion Creek Campground in Alaska. Great horned owls are crepuscular, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk. Their excellent night vision, acute hearing and silent flight makes them practically magical. Their eyes don’t move in their sockets, but they can swivel their heads more than 180 degrees to look in any direction, making them nature’s perfect, lovable creeper. Just remember: even when you’re not watching wildlife on public lands – they’re watching you. Muhaha! Happy Owloween! Photo by Kerry Howard (

Hang with us during #BatWeek! Just another example of a beautiful bat, spotted bats are found in the western United States and are insectivores, feeding mostly on moths. They are said to have the largest ears of any North American bat species and are distinguishable by their jet black fur with white spots and pinkish ears. They’re just one of over 1,300 species of bat worldwide! Each year, Bat Week takes place the last week in October to celebrate the role of bats in nature and all they do for us.

Next time someone says bats aren’t cute, you can tell them right off the bat that they’re wrong.

Photo by Paul Cryan, U.S. Geological Survey. 🦇


Happy Halloween! 🎃👻

Halloween is a fun time to scare ourselves with things that go bump in the night, but the night sky doesn’t need to be terrifying. Many people find peace looking up at the endless dome of stars. There’s also the thrill of watching a lightning storm light up the darkness like a camera flash. This amazing shot from Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah shows you why you don’t need to be afraid of the dark. Photo by Alexander Boardman (