Stories from the Field



NPS-Acadia NP photo: Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

In the News: NPS: Acadia National Park is America's Favorite Place

WED, JULY 30, 2014, 09:02 AM EST

Acadia National Park has been named "America’s Favorite Place" by ABC's Good Morning America based on a nationwide poll of viewers. GMA asked viewers to nominate their favorite place in America in an online poll earlier this month. Read More (nps.gov) >


Before and after photos showing restoration of wetlands habitat.

Web Reads: USFWS-Pacific Region: Behind the Flames: Partners' Habitat Project Helps Fight Watermelon Hill Fire

TUE, JULY 29, 2014, 11:36 AM EST

When U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife program started work on a wetland restoration project on Dave and Meg Losey's property near Cheaney, Wash., little did they know it would be instrumental in stopping a raging wildfire. Read More (tumblr.com) >


Group photo of C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let's Move participants in Yakima, Wash.

Reclamation: C.A.S.T. for Kids Event/Let's Move Event a Hit in Yakima

TUE, JULY 29, 2014, 11:01 AM EST

At Sarg Hubbard Pond in Yakima, Wash., 18 excited participants registered for "Catch a Special Thrill," better known as C.A.S.T./Let's Move Outside event. Not all of the participants caught the "big one," but they all left with plenty of stories to tell! Read More (usbr.gov) >


Aftermath of Hurricane Mitch

USGS Science Feature: Mapping Disaster - A Global Community Helps from Space

TUE, JULY 29, 2014, 09:56 AM EST

USGS assists the global community by helping provide prompt satellite imagery after major disasters to help save lives around the world. Read More (usgs.gov) >


Oil-spill deployment exercise

BSEE Completes Deployment Exercise in Gulf of Mexico

MON, JULY 28, 2014, 09:35 AM EST

BSEE initiated a day-long unannounced drill involving Murphy Exploration and Production Company this week. The exercise tested Murphy’s ability to respond to a simulated spill event in accordance with its Oil Spill Response Plan. Read More (bsee.gov) >


Photos of students participating in program

Web Reads: BLM Green Jobs Lead to Green Careers

MON, JULY 28, 2014, 09:15 AM EST

The BLM’s Office of Recruitment and Retention Programs proudly introduces the 14 interns participating in this summer’s BLM Direct Hire Authority for Resource Assistant Internship Program. Read More (tumblr.com) >


BLM photo of bikers traveling down an Oregon trail

Web Reads: BLM: Blazing a New Oregon Trail

FRI, JULY 25, 2014, 09:56 AM EST

Mountain bikers from all over the world ride these world-class trails built with help from local riders in Portland, Ore. Read the full story and check out the video here. Read More (tumblr.com) >


Logo for climate-analytics group

Reclamation and Partners Release New Hydrologic Projections for Contiguous United States

FRI, JULY 25, 2014, 09:42 AM EST

The Bureau of Reclamation and its partners have released new hydrologic projections that will help local water managers answer questions about future climate, stream flow and water resources. Read More (usbr.gov) >


Landsat image: Russian Arctic Islands

USGS: Observing Earth Today and Tomorrow: A National Plan

THU, JULY 24, 2014, 11:58 AM EST

Three USGS programs rank in the top tier of a new plan to improve coordination of Earth-observation efforts among government agencies: Landsat; airborne-lidar mapping; and the USGS streamgage network. Read More (usgs.gov) >


Sage grouse. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.

Bureau of Land Management Fire Program to Focus on Sage-Grouse Conservation

THU, JULY 24, 2014, 11:24 AM EST

As part of its collaborative efforts with states and other federal agencies to conserve sage-grouse habitat and that of more than 350 other wildlife species, BLM announced it is making protection of sage-grouse habitat a high natural-resource priority. Read More (blm.gov) >


Photos of Albany Pine Bush and the Karner blue butterfly

NPS: Albany Pine Bush Designated a National Natural Landmark

WED, JULY 23, 2014, 07:42 AM EST

The National Park Service announced the designation of Albany Pine Bush as a national natural landmark. The site's globally rare pitch pine-scrub oak barrens support the federally listed endangered Karner blue butterfly and other species of concern. Read More >


Apollo moon buggy

USGS Science Feature: USGS Gave NASA the Right Stuff

TUE, JULY 22, 2014, 01:24 PM EST

July 20 marked the 45th anniversary of the day the world stood still and watched astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin land on the Moon. There is no question that the NASA-USGS partnership was crucial to the Apollo program’s accomplishments. Read More (usgs.gov) >


BOEM image: Research Vessel Pelican

BOEM: Gulf of Mexico Shipwreck Study Launches Second Expedition on the Research Vessel Pelican

TUE, JULY 22, 2014, 12:34 PM EST

A multi-disciplinary team of scientists launched the second expedition in the Gulf of Mexico to examine the effects of Deepwater Horizon spill-related oil and dispersant exposure on deepwater shipwrecks and their microbial communities. Read More (boem.gov) >


Leilani Sanchez, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wildlife inspector, talking to students about her role in USFWS.

Web Reads: USFWS: Connecting with Youth Through Conservation in New York City

TUE, JULY 22, 2014, 12:19 PM EST

Earlier this month, Latino youth leaders got a special look at Ellis Island and Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge thanks to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service partnership with the League of United Latin American Citizens. Read More (wordpress.com) >


Idaho teenagers check out Reclamation's AgriMet weather station.

Reclamation: Agrimet on Display at USDA's Twillight Crop Tour

MON, JULY 21, 2014, 09:26 AM EST

An Agrimet weather-data station was on display at USDA's Twilight Crop Tour in Twin Falls, Idaho. Irrigators use Agrimet data to fine tune their crop-water usage. AgriMet is funded by the Bureau of Reclamation, Bonneville Power Administration and others. Read More (usbr.gov) >


NPS photo from report: Hikers enjoying the Taggart Lake trail at Grand Teton National Park.

NPS: Visitor Spending in National Park Gateways Has Big Impact on Economy

MON, JULY 21, 2014, 07:54 AM EST

National park visitors contributed $26.5 billion to the nation’s economy and supported almost 240,000 jobs in 2013, according to a peer-reviewed report released by National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis. Read More (nps.gov) >


USFWS photo: Coral Reef

USFWS: New Database Helps Save a Marine Biologist's Coral Reef Work

FRI, JULY 18, 2014, 11:50 AM EST

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's ServCat database is helping to preserve and share the work of former employees, including a retired Service biologist, who is one of the Refuge System’s foremost experts in coral reef ecosystems. Read More (fws.gov) >


Key NPS and NPF officials standing by David M. Rubenstein at Arlington House.

NPS: Major Gift Made to Restore Arlington House

FRI, JULY 18, 2014, 08:59 AM EST

The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation announced businessman and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein has donated $12.35 million to restore and improve access to Arlington House, located within the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. Read More (nps.gov) >


1933 photo of the groundbreaking ceremony at Grand Coulee Dam

Web Reads: Reclamation Looks Back at a Man-Made Marvel: Grand Coulee Dam

FRI, JULY 18, 2014, 08:32 AM EST

The Bureau of Reclamation shares some history in this post about the massive Grand Coulee Dam: On July 16, 1933, about 5,000 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony marking the beginning of construction at Grand Coulee Dam. ... (includes video.) Read More (facebook.com) >


See America map

Interior Museum Exhibition Opening - 'See America'

THU, JULY 17, 2014, 11:25 AM EST

The Interior Museum is pleased to be hosting the “See America” traveling exhibition, presented by the Creative Action Network and the National Parks Conservation Association. Read More >