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Protecting the high seas--those parts of the ocean that fall outside the jurisdiction of any country--is a top priority at UN General Assembly meetings this fall. That's good news for loggerhead sea turtles and other highly migratory species that spend much of their lives far from shore and beyond the reach of national protections.
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#Turtle #Ocean #Conservation #DeepSea #UnderWaterPhotography #Science #UnderTheSea #UN #UnitedNations #UNGA
Southwest Wyoming is home to many of the state’s natural treasures, including Greater Adobe Town’s weather-sculpted rock formations—created by thousands of years of erosion. The Bureau of Land Management is now revising its management plan for 3.6 million acres in this part of the state, which will set out the priorities and uses for these lands over the next 20-plus years. That’s why we’re working to ensure the plan strikes a balance among conservation, recreation, and development. @mypubliclands
📷: Bob Wick 
#protectpubliclands #explore #Wyoming #fossils #adventure #keepitpublic #conservation #getoutside
Southwest Wyoming is home to many of the state’s natural treasures, including Greater Adobe Town’s weather-sculpted rock formations—created by thousands of years of erosion. The Bureau of Land Management is now revising its management plan for 3.6 million acres in this part of the state, which will set out the priorities and uses for these lands over the next 20-plus years. That’s why we’re working to ensure the plan strikes a balance among conservation, recreation, and development. @mypubliclands 📷: Bob Wick #protectpubliclands  #explore  #Wyoming  #fossils  #adventure  #keepitpublic  #conservation  #getoutside 
“There is a delight in the hardy life of the open."—Theodore Roosevelt.
📷: Jean Beaufort
#WednesdayWisdom #FindYourPark #Nature #NationalParks #FixOurParks #Yosemite #YosemiteNationalPark #GoParks #ExploreMore #NPS #GetOutside
There’s nothing quite like the autumn views of Blue Ridge Mountains in @shenandoahnps. The 200,000-acre park tracks the spine of the mountains in the northwestern corner of Virginia. From pullouts to granite peaks accessed by more than a dozen hiking trails, visitors have spectacular views of the state’s Piedmont region and Shenandoah Valley.
📷: @christian_heeb_photographer
#FallFoliage #ShenNPS #Virginia #Shenandoah #NationalParks #Hiking #NPS #FindYourPark #FixOurParks #ExploreVirginia #SkylineDrive #BlueRidgeMountains #GetOutside #FindYourWay #Explore #leafpeeping
There’s nothing quite like the autumn views of Blue Ridge Mountains in @shenandoahnps. The 200,000-acre park tracks the spine of the mountains in the northwestern corner of Virginia. From pullouts to granite peaks accessed by more than a dozen hiking trails, visitors have spectacular views of the state’s Piedmont region and Shenandoah Valley. 📷: @christian_heeb_photographer #FallFoliage  #ShenNPS  #Virginia  #Shenandoah  #NationalParks  #Hiking  #NPS  #FindYourPark  #FixOurParks  #ExploreVirginia  #SkylineDrive  #BlueRidgeMountains  #GetOutside  #FindYourWay  #Explore  #leafpeeping 
Great news! The near-pristine waters surrounding the Chilean territory of Easter Island are now home to the world’s newest large marine protected area. The Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Rahui Marine Protected Area hosts more than 142 species found nowhere else and supports a centuries-old local culture.
#rapanui #easterisland #mpa #conservation #marineprotectedarea #underwater #chile #instachile #chilegram #impac4
Our staff cinematographer Lee Gillenwater caught this eye-popping bullfrog photo from the banks of Maine's Penobscot River. The Pine Tree State isn't just one of Lee's favorite shooting spots; it's also home to some of America's greatest public lands—each with its own challenges. Not far from where this picture was taken is Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, whose boundaries and management are being reconsidered by the White House.
📷: @gillenwaterfalls
#frog #frogs #frogsofinstagram #amphibian #amphibians #bullfrog #green #maine #penobscot #wildlifephotography #wildlife #telephoto #nature #naturephotography
Our staff cinematographer Lee Gillenwater caught this eye-popping bullfrog photo from the banks of Maine's Penobscot River. The Pine Tree State isn't just one of Lee's favorite shooting spots; it's also home to some of America's greatest public lands—each with its own challenges. Not far from where this picture was taken is Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, whose boundaries and management are being reconsidered by the White House. 📷: @gillenwaterfalls #frog  #frogs  #frogsofinstagram  #amphibian  #amphibians  #bullfrog  #green  #maine  #penobscot  #wildlifephotography  #wildlife  #telephoto  #nature  #naturephotography 
A healthy ocean starts with its smallest fish. Species like Ballyhoo (pictured here) and anchovies are the backbone of the marine food web, feeding some of its largest predators. Now more than 50 species in the Mid-Atlantic have won new safeguards ensuring that there’s enough food for everyone.
📷: Matthew Watson
#krill #anchovies #foodchain #ocean #conservation #underthesea
A healthy ocean starts with its smallest fish. Species like Ballyhoo (pictured here) and anchovies are the backbone of the marine food web, feeding some of its largest predators. Now more than 50 species in the Mid-Atlantic have won new safeguards ensuring that there’s enough food for everyone. 📷: Matthew Watson #krill  #anchovies  #foodchain  #ocean  #conservation  #underthesea 
Twelve-point plan? It’s going to take a multi-pronged effort to address the more than $600 million in overdue repairs at Yellowstone National Park, home to this elk and hundreds of other species. The U.S. Congress can help conquer this problem, though—if they act to include national parks in infrastructure planning, encourage public-private partnerships, and more.
📷: @nationalparkservice /Dan Ng
#elk #antlers #yellowstone #yellowstonenps #nationalpark #nationalparks #naturalhistory #conservation #wildlife #wildlifephotography #findyourpark #fixourparks #whatgetsyououtdoors #outdoors #wildernessculture #nature #wildlifephotography #wapiti
Twelve-point plan? It’s going to take a multi-pronged effort to address the more than $600 million in overdue repairs at Yellowstone National Park, home to this elk and hundreds of other species. The U.S. Congress can help conquer this problem, though—if they act to include national parks in infrastructure planning, encourage public-private partnerships, and more. 📷: @nationalparkservice /Dan Ng #elk  #antlers  #yellowstone  #yellowstonenps  #nationalpark  #nationalparks  #naturalhistory  #conservation  #wildlife  #wildlifephotography  #findyourpark  #fixourparks  #whatgetsyououtdoors  #outdoors  #wildernessculture  #nature  #wildlifephotography  #wapiti 
“Filming this whale shark was my first attempt at underwater camera work. I couldn’t have imagined how difficult it would be to get a steady shot while being tossed around by the waves. But the entire experience was totally unforgettable,” says our nature cinematographer, @gillenwaterfalls. He shot this footage off the coast of Isla Mujeres in the summer of 2015.
#InternationalWhaleSharkDay #WhaleSharkDay #whaleshark #whalesharks #CMSCOP12 #TheirFutureOurFuture #conservation #UN #UnitedNations #BonnConvention #underthesea #sharks
“Filming this whale shark was my first attempt at underwater camera work. I couldn’t have imagined how difficult it would be to get a steady shot while being tossed around by the waves. But the entire experience was totally unforgettable,” says our nature cinematographer, @gillenwaterfalls. He shot this footage off the coast of Isla Mujeres in the summer of 2015. #InternationalWhaleSharkDay  #WhaleSharkDay  #whaleshark  #whalesharks  #CMSCOP12  #TheirFutureOurFuture  #conservation  #UN  #UnitedNations  #BonnConvention  #underthesea  #sharks 
Happy International Whale Shark Day! Whale sharks, the largest fish in the ocean, are increasingly at risk of extinction. In the past 75 years, their population has more than halved due to being overfished and ship strikes. To make it another 75—and beyond—these gentle giants need further protections, which they could receive when the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals meets this October in Manila, Philippines.

#InternationalWhaleSharkDay #WhaleSharkDay #whaleshark #whalesharks #CMSCOP12 #TheirFutureOurFuture #conservation #UN #UnitedNations #BonnConvention #underthesea  #sharks
Happy International Whale Shark Day! Whale sharks, the largest fish in the ocean, are increasingly at risk of extinction. In the past 75 years, their population has more than halved due to being overfished and ship strikes. To make it another 75—and beyond—these gentle giants need further protections, which they could receive when the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals meets this October in Manila, Philippines. #InternationalWhaleSharkDay  #WhaleSharkDay  #whaleshark  #whalesharks  #CMSCOP12  #TheirFutureOurFuture  #conservation  #UN  #UnitedNations  #BonnConvention  #underthesea  #sharks 
One of the richest marine habitats in the Arctic Ocean will soon be protected. Earlier this month, the Canadian government announced that it will safeguard 50,000 square miles of waters in Lancaster Sound—an area twice as large as originally planned. The move will help conserve Indigenous communities and vital sea life—including most of the world’s narwhal population and one-seventh of its beluga whales.
📷: National Institute of Standards and Technology
#Arctic #CandianArctic #LancasterSound #marinereserve #narwhal #narwhals #belugawhale #ocean #conservation #mpa
One of the richest marine habitats in the Arctic Ocean will soon be protected. Earlier this month, the Canadian government announced that it will safeguard 50,000 square miles of waters in Lancaster Sound—an area twice as large as originally planned. The move will help conserve Indigenous communities and vital sea life—including most of the world’s narwhal population and one-seventh of its beluga whales. 📷: National Institute of Standards and Technology #Arctic  #CandianArctic  #LancasterSound  #marinereserve  #narwhal  #narwhals  #belugawhale  #ocean  #conservation  #mpa 
This termite mound is among the otherworldly wonders of the Australian Outback's two-million-acre Olkola Country. Part of the world's largest unbroken tropical savanna, the region is home to rainforests, rare species—and pioneering work for Indigenous leaders to unlock the land's scientific, economic, and conservation potential.
📷: Kerry Trapnell
#australia #outback #queensland #capeyork #termitemound #grass #environment #conservation #seeaustralia #outbackaustralia #igaustralia #thisisqueensland @queensland  @ausconservation  @qldconservation
This termite mound is among the otherworldly wonders of the Australian Outback's two-million-acre Olkola Country. Part of the world's largest unbroken tropical savanna, the region is home to rainforests, rare species—and pioneering work for Indigenous leaders to unlock the land's scientific, economic, and conservation potential. 📷: Kerry Trapnell #australia  #outback  #queensland  #capeyork  #termitemound  #grass  #environment  #conservation  #seeaustralia  #outbackaustralia  #igaustralia  #thisisqueensland  @queensland @ausconservation @qldconservation
These mussels are found in the Lau Basin hydrothermal vent, at a depth of 2,000 meters. They are “bioengineers” creating habitat for other invertebrates and microorganisms and depending on symbiotic bacteria in their gill tissues for nutrition. 📷: C. L. Van Dover / Duke Marine Lab #conservation #mussels #underwaterphotography #deepsea #deepseaworld #ocean #naturefacts #weirdanimals
Last year, scientists discovered a Greenland shark estimated to be 400 years old. That makes this species the oldest known living vertebrate. These slow-growing sharks don’t reach reproductive age until around 150, so it’s fortunate that they have a long life span to make up for lost time. 🎥: Footage from @NOAA
#SharkWeek #SharkWeek2017 #shark #sharks #underwaterworld #underthesea #greenlandshark #naturefacts #science #conservation
Right whales, such as this mother and calf, are critically endangered throughout their range. Scientific surveys of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument off the coast of New England show that this area is a hot spot for these cetaceans and many other marine mammals.
📷: @noaa 
#nationalmonument #MonumentsForAll #marinereserves #blueparks #ocean #conservation #whales #underthesea #endangeredspecies #deepsea #environmental
#FlashbackFriday: A crowd gathers to watch the laying of the cornerstone for the Yosemite Museum. In 1923, the Yosemite Museum Association raised funds for the first park museum, which was to be located in Yosemite Valley. The organization served as the NPS’s first nonprofit cooperating association, pioneering a park partner model that has been replicated by over 70 groups in the years since. Source: @nationalparkservice
#FixOurParks #nationalparks #history #nationalparkservice #NPS #FindYourPark #Yosemite #yosemitevalley #FBF
#FlashbackFriday : A crowd gathers to watch the laying of the cornerstone for the Yosemite Museum. In 1923, the Yosemite Museum Association raised funds for the first park museum, which was to be located in Yosemite Valley. The organization served as the NPS’s first nonprofit cooperating association, pioneering a park partner model that has been replicated by over 70 groups in the years since. Source: @nationalparkservice #FixOurParks  #nationalparks  #history  #nationalparkservice  #NPS  #FindYourPark  #Yosemite  #yosemitevalley  #FBF