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Happy World Wildlife Day!

We celebrate wildlife today and every day on our nation’s public lands. More than 3,000 species of wildlife call BLM-managed lands home - that’s a backyard of more than 245 million acres in 23 states, dispersed over ecologically-diverse and essential habitat.

Enjoy a few of our favorite wildlife photos from your public lands!

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Today’s americanhikingsociety‘s My Public Lands @Instagram Takeover Travels to Wyoming

“Last year’s #NationalTrailsDay was a huge success thanks to federal land agency partners such as BLM.  In 2014, over 144,000 Americans got outside to explore trails in all 50 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and Canada at one of the over 2,100 activities that took place from local parks to BLM managed lands.   Over 21,000 volunteers contributed their time & sweat to spruce up our nation’s trails resulting in 1,360 miles of trails maintained!  Over 550 people attended events that took place on BLM land last year which included hikes, bikes, and various trail projects.

For example, volunteers this year can join a guided natural history hike on Peak Divide Trail in BLM Wyoming. Many sagebrush songbirds and plants are found along the trail and will be identified throughout the hike. The trail winds through two miles of badlands on the southern edge of the Wilderness Study Area, offering spectacular views of the McCullough Peaks area and the Bighorn Basin. Visit the @AmericanHiking website for more information about this and other National Trails Day events.”  

Photo by Lisa Marks, BLM Wyoming