Stories from the Field



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 >


Houses in Rodanthe, N.C. in the waves at the ocean’s edge.

USGS Science Brings Clarity to Shifting Shores

THU, JULY 17, 2014, 10:24 AM EST

The U.S. Geological Survey has developed a new online tool that provides communities with interactive information on past, present and future coastal hazards along America's coasts. Read More >


Lighthouse and shoreline at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.

BLM-Oregon: Bienvenido a Yaquina Head

THU, JULY 17, 2014, 08:06 AM EST

Back by popular demand! The Bureau of Land Management Oregon is kicking off its second year of guided “Wildlife Watches” in Spanish at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. Read More >


USFWS biologist Jeramie Strickland talking to

USFWS: Chicago's 'Fishin' Buddies' Students Search for Box Turtles at Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

WED, JULY 16, 2014, 09:01 AM EST

Students with the Chicago-based 'Fishin' Buddies' Student Conservation Conference visited Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge to learn about the refuge and career paths with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Read More (fws.gov) >


NPS photo: condor chick's mother (#9) in Zion National Park
NPS photo

NPS-Zion National Park: Biologists Catch First Glimpse of Condor Chick in Utah

WED, JULY 16, 2014, 08:17 AM EST

It’s official: Biologists from several agencies and groups have documented the first sighting of endangered California condors raising a chick in Zion National Park in Utah. Read More (nps.gov) >


USGS image: global geologic map of Mars

USGS Science Feature: A New View of the Red Planet

TUE, JULY 15, 2014, 01:22 PM EST

Get ready, because now you can explore the most comprehensive representation of Mars with a new global geologic map created by the U.S. Geological Survey. Read More (usgs.gov) >


Workers at Minidoka Spillway

Reclamation Story and Video: A Spillway Rises — Progress of the Minidoka Spillway Replacement Project

TUE, JULY 15, 2014, 11:13 AM EST

Reclamation is in the third season of a four-year effort to replace the century-old Minidoka Dam. The new structure will feature a shorter overflow spillway and a series of large gates to accommodate irrigation deliveries and flood control. Read More (usbr.gov) >


Photo from bsee.gov: oil-spill-response exercise in Norway.

BSEE Researcher Attends International Oil Spill Response Seminar and Exercise in Norway

TUE, JULY 15, 2014, 10:43 AM EST

Late last month the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s Kristi McKinney traveled to Bergen, Norway, to participate in the annual international seminar hosted by the Norwegian Oil Spill Control Association. Read More (bsee.gov) >


NPS.gov image of logo for D.C. Parks Rx Program

NPS: Doctor Tells Patients to Take a Hike — Congressman Sarbanes, Director Jarvis Visit Innovative Park Rx Health Clinic

TUE, JULY 15, 2014, 10:22 AM EST

Congressman Sarbanes joined National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis and D.C. Park Prescriptions, or Park Rx, champion Dr. Zarr to learn about an innovative program in which doctors prescribe time in nature to help treat chronic diseases such as obesity. Read More (nps.gov) >


Image from DOI Museum's online murals tour: William Gropper's

Web Reads: Delta Sky Magazine Recommends Interior's Murals Tour to D.C. Travelers

TUE, JULY 15, 2014, 08:38 AM EST

In its profile of Washington, D.C., Delta Sky Magazine is recommending that travelers to D.C. explore the city's art by reserving a spot in the Department of the Interior Museum's Murals Tour. Read More (delta.com) >


Community youth wearing seabird costumes

USFWS: Alaska Refuges Join with Neighbors to Offer Camps for Youth

TUE, JULY 15, 2014, 08:17 AM EST

For 20 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's national wildlife refuges in Alaska have worked alongside local communities to provide science and culture summer camps for rural youth. For 2014, they are planning 14 camps to serve more than 100 communities. Read More (fws.gov) >