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From the Bureau of Land Management:

The blood moon as viewed along the American Wild and Scenic River in California, one of the few urban rivers in the U.S. to have a wild and scenic designation. The river flows from the Sierra crest to downtown Sacramento.  The BLM manages segments of the North and South forks of the river which are popular for whitewater boating and gold panning.  BLM photo.
Plan your visit: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/folsom/nfamerican.html

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From the Bureau of Land Management:

The blood moon as viewed along the American Wild and Scenic River in California, one of the few urban rivers in the U.S. to have a wild and scenic designation. The river flows from the Sierra crest to downtown Sacramento.  The BLM manages segments of the North and South forks of the river which are popular for whitewater boating and gold panning.  BLM photo.

Plan your visit: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/folsom/nfamerican.html

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From the Department of Interior:

Cherry Blossoms are almost in full bloom on the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, DC. This weekend will be the perfect time to check them out!Photo: Andrew S. Geraci

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From the Department of Interior:

Cherry Blossoms are almost in full bloom on the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, DC. This weekend will be the perfect time to check them out!

Photo: Andrew S. Geraci

Image description: USGS scientists examine thermal imagery of wolves for assessing impacts of sarcoptic mange on the survival, reproduction and social behavior of this species in Yellowstone National Park. 
Sarcoptic mange is a highly contagious canine skin disease, caused by mites that burrow into the skin causing infections, hair loss, severe irritation and an insatiable desire to scratch. The resulting hair loss and depressed vigor of an infected animal leaves them vulnerable to hypothermia, malnutrition and dehydration, which can eventually lead to death.
Note the bright red patch on the wolf’s hindquarters in this thermal image of a captive wolf at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone. This is where fur was shaved to replicate the loss of fur associated with sarcoptic mange. The fur will eventually grow back. All research animals are handled by following the specific requirements of USGS Animal Care and Use policies. Learn more at bit.ly/usgswolf.

Image description: USGS scientists examine thermal imagery of wolves for assessing impacts of sarcoptic mange on the survival, reproduction and social behavior of this species in Yellowstone National Park.

Sarcoptic mange is a highly contagious canine skin disease, caused by mites that burrow into the skin causing infections, hair loss, severe irritation and an insatiable desire to scratch. The resulting hair loss and depressed vigor of an infected animal leaves them vulnerable to hypothermia, malnutrition and dehydration, which can eventually lead to death.

Note the bright red patch on the wolf’s hindquarters in this thermal image of a captive wolf at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone. This is where fur was shaved to replicate the loss of fur associated with sarcoptic mange. The fur will eventually grow back. All research animals are handled by following the specific requirements of USGS Animal Care and Use policies. 

Learn more at bit.ly/usgswolf.

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From the Bureau of Land Management:

Milky Way near Butterfield Pass in the BLM-managed Sonoran Desert National Monument
This area is probably only 30-40 air miles from Phoenix, and the glow from the city is visible to the north.  However, the overhead stars and southern horizon are dark enough to clearly see the Milky Way, which makes a great backdrop to the charismatic saguaros. 
-Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist

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From the Bureau of Land Management:

Milky Way near Butterfield Pass in the BLM-managed Sonoran Desert National Monument

This area is probably only 30-40 air miles from Phoenix, and the glow from the city is visible to the north.  However, the overhead stars and southern horizon are dark enough to clearly see the Milky Way, which makes a great backdrop to the charismatic saguaros. 

-Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist

Image Description: When the air is cold at Waubay National Wildlife Refuge but the lake isn’t frozen yet, interesting ice formations may form around submerged trees and roots after windy days.  
Image from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Image Description: When the air is cold at Waubay National Wildlife Refuge but the lake isn’t frozen yet, interesting ice formations may form around submerged trees and roots after windy days.  

Image from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.