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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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Happy #worldwildlifeday!

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.

Pictured here, one of our favorite wildlife photos: an antelope with golden eagles in the Bighorn Basin of Wyoming. The image was captured by a “critter cam” - used by BLM offices to track wildlife activity and assist with wildlife management.
#wildlife #Wyoming #science #biology #nature #conservation #animals #raptors #eagles #habitat #wildlifewatching #photography #naturephotography #SeeBLM #mypubliclands #photooftheday #instagood #instacool

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THANK YOU

After a wonderful National Public Lands Day weekend, we would like to thank the many volunteers who joined in our efforts to help take care of America’s public lands nationwide. 

Now go enjoy your public lands! Here are some of our favorite fall foliage photos across BLM managed lands. 

Ending the weekend with a starry night sky over the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area in Oregon - the first feature location in our BLM Winter Bucket List Series, launched today.

CLICK HERE to view the first bucket list post.

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Located on the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona, the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona includes the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. This remote and unspoiled, 280,000-acre Monument - a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands - is a geologic treasure, containing a variety of diverse landscapes from the Paria Plateau, Vermilion Cliffs, Coyote Buttes, and Paria Canyon. 

Visitors enjoy scenic views of towering cliffs and deep canyons. Paria Canyon offers an outstanding three to five day wilderness backpacking experience. The colorful swirls of cross-bedded sandstone in Coyote Buttes are an international hiking destination.

A permit is required for hiking in Coyote Buttes North (the Wave), Coyote Buttes South, and for overnight trips within Paria Canyon. Visit the BLM Arizona’s website to learn more about this beautiful area and plan your visit.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist

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Happy Birthday, Oregon!

They say that “Virginia is for lovers.”  But it’s Oregon that was born 156 years ago today, on Valentine’s Day.  Maybe that’s why there are so many things to love about BLM-managed lands in Oregon, more than 15 million acres of forests, rangelands, beaches, mountains and more!

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The Whipple Mountains Wilderness - a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands - has the only stand of saguaro cactus in California. Although they are abundant in Arizona’s part of the Sonoran Desert, saguaro cactus don’t occur on the California side of the Colorado River except in this one spot.

By Bob Wick, BLM

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Meet Creatures of the Coast at the California Coastal National Monument

The California Coastal National Monument, a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands, stretches the entire length of California’s 1,100 mile coastline. With more than 20,000 islands, rocks, reefs, and pinnacles, there is plenty to see and experience. 

Checkout this website for tips on viewing wildlife in coastal California:
http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/wildlifeobs.html #SeeBLM

Photos by Justin R. Robbins, Outdoor Recreation Planner for the BLM-California King Range National Conservation Area

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Tomorrow, the first day of winter, we’re kicking off our WINTER BUCKET LIST series!

Each day of winter, we’ll feature BLM-managed locations that you should add to your bucket list - for spectacular winter scenery, unique features and events, and even a few warmer locations for a winter getaway. #SeeBLM

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Since our launch in August 2012, we’ve shared 2,000 posts!  

Thank you, Tumblrs, for following along as we share beautiful landscapes, stories about our employees, and cool information about our mission work in conservation, energy, science, and so much more!

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BLMer Bob Wick went out early this morning to catch some full moon shots near the Cosumnes River Preserve.

Nestled in the heart of California’s Central Valley, the Preserve is a critical stop on the Pacific Flyway for migrating and wintering waterfowl.

Over 250 species of birds have been sighted on or near the Preserve, including the State-listed threatened Swainson hawk, greater and lesser sandhill cranes, Canada geese and numerous ducks.   

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On this day in 1999, BLM Colorado’s Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area and Gunnison Gorge Wilderness Area were designated.

Just north of Montrose in west-central Colorado lies the Gunnison Gorge NCA, a diverse landscape ranging from adobe badlands to rugged piñon and juniper-covered slopes. At the heart of the NCA, the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness Area encompasses a spectacular black granite and red sandstone double canyon formed by the Gunnison River.

For more information visit: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nca/ggnca.html

Photos: Bob Wick, Wilderness Specialist for BLM’s National Conservation Lands