Did you know: Sea otters eat 25 percent of their body weight in food every day? Their diet includes sea urchins, crabs, mussels and clams, which they’re known to crack open with a rock and eat while floating in the water. Sea otters aren’t just cute, they’re an essential keystone species, keep their ecosystem in check. They control the sea urchin population, which in turn prevents kelp forests from being overgrazed. Check out more awesome otter facts: https://on.doi.gov/otters
Photo courtesy of Ron Eby.
Happy International Cat Day! Since 2002, International Cat Day has celebrated our furry feline friends across the world and given them the love, affection and belly rubs they deserve. We’re spotlighting some of the most pawsome cat species found in the U.S. – from lynx to ocelots – and our conservation efforts to protect these amazing animals.
Check out 11 adorable cat photos and facts right meow: https://on.doi.gov/2LWPXwq
Photo of a baby mountain lion in Grand Canyon by National Park Service.
White Mountains, New Hampshire – by Michael Block
Raccoons use their nimble paws in surprising ways. Highly intelligent, they have adapted to live in forests, mountain areas, coastal marshes and even urban centers. In Native American legends, raccoons are often known as tricksters and mischief-makers. Raccoons are common throughout North America, and this mother and her kits were spotted at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Photo courtesy of Alan Crutcher, Friends of Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.
The baby bison at the National Bison Range Refuge Complex in Montana – often called “red dogs” because of their size and color – are growing quickly. Still not drifting too far from their mothers, they’re eating lots of spring greens and starting to form their distinctive shoulder humps. The refuge’s bison herd numbers over 300 and draws visitors year round to see these majestic animals and the beautiful landscape. Photo by Bureau of Land Management.
On public lands across the country, we are working to protect turtle habitat, monitor turtle nests and ensure hatchlings make it to the ocean. At Dry Tortugas National Park – the most active turtle nesting site in the Florida Keys – park biologists have been monitoring sea turtle nesting activity within the park since 1980. Learn more about different types of turtles found on public lands: https://on.doi.gov/2rTZ7gf
Sea turtle hatchlings at Dry Tortugas by National Park Service.