Image description: Happy 98th Birthday National Park Service!
Today is the 98th birthday of the National Park Service. To celebrate, entrance to all 401 national parks across the country is free!
Enjoy the natural beauty of this nation by spending some time outdoors, and participate in special events planned to celebrate this big birthday. Kids can even earn their free Junior Ranger badge at almost any of the parks!
Photo of Glacier National Park from the Department of Interior
From the Bureau of Land Management:
Happy Birthday, Yaquina Head!
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area extends out from the Oregon coast, one mile into the Pacific Ocean. Standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland, the lighthouse has been a bright beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit on August 20, 1873.
The offshore islands are a year-round refuge for harbor seals and a spring-summer home for thousands of nesting seabirds. Gray whales can be spotted during their annual migrations to Mexico (late fall-early winter) and Alaska (late winter-early spring). During the summer months some gray whales take the opportunity to feed in the shallow waters around the headland.
Cobble Beach is compiled of millions of round basalt rocks that produce an applause-like sound as the waves roll in. When the tide is low a vibrant ocean floor is revealed—pools of colorful animals including orange sea stars, purple sea urchins, and giant green anemones.
Photo by Jeff Clark, BLM