Oh deer! We can’t hide from another birthday post!
March 14 marks the birth of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Things looked a lot different back in 1903 when President Theodore Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge on Pelican Island in Florida to protect wild birds. But today, the National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is a premier network of public lands, with over 567 wildlife refuges in each state and territory. They support thousands of iconic plants and animals, local communities and outdoor adventure. It’s probably easier than you realize to visit a local wildlife refuge, and what better day to plan your next trip than today? Photo courtesy of Dawn Wilson.
Frosty and noble, sled dogs are incredible athletes. Each March the Iditarod Sled Dog Race runs through a harsh and beautiful landscape to Nome, Alaska. The race uses the Iditarod National Historic Trail, a 2,300-mile system of winter routes that first connected ancient Native Alaskan villages. The trail cuts through tundra, spruce forest and across rivers serving up some truly tough conditions. Thinking of trying it out? The Bureau of Land Management recommends knowledge in extreme winter camping and travel by ski, dog team, snowmobile or fat tire bike. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management.
Entering John Muir Wilderness, always amazing. Woodchuck Country, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, USA. Photo by Van Miller
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