Mount Rushmore National Memorial under construction.
The workers had to endure conditions that varied from blazing hot to bitterly cold and windy. Each day they climbed 700 stairs to the top of the mountain to punch-in on the time clock. Then 3/8 inch thick steel cables lowered them over the front of the 500-foot face of the mountain in a "bosun chair." Despite the dangers, no one was killed during the project.
Otters in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
The sea otter population of Glacier Bay has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Ecologists consider sea otters a keystone species here. Otters consume vast quantities of clams, urchins, crabs, and other invertebrates and their presence creates ripples through the ecosystem. NPS photo.
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With more than 80% of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are more important than ever. The father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, said of urban parks:
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Bald Eagle Restoration Sets New Seasonal Hatching Record on Channel Islands, California
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This nesting pair of bald eagles and their downy chicks on the Channel Islands, off the coast of southern California in the spring of 2010, was captured by the National Park Service’s Channel Islands Live Bald Eagle Webcam. Photo credit: Kevin White, Full Frame Productions.
On March 7, 2012 the natural resource trustees and partners announced the earliest known hatching of a bald eagle chick during the eagle nesting season on California’s Channel Islands. The chick hatched on March 5 at a nest on Santa Cruz Island in the northern Channel Islands.
Other indicators point to 2012 being another successful year for the bald eagle restoration project on the Channel Islands, a 160-mile long archipelago of 8 islands off the coast of southern California. A new record high of 15 breeding pairs are now active on the Islands and, so far this year, there are 6 known active bald eagle nests. Current bird counts show that between 60 and 70 individual bald eagles are now resident on the Islands.
The bald eagle restoration project on the Channel Islands is being funded through the natural resource trustees and the Montrose Settlements Restoration Program. The Program’s goal is to restore natural resources and natural resource services injured by PCBs and DDTs released from the Montrose/Palos Verdes Superfund site into the Southern California Bight.
The natural resource trustees include the State of California, the Department of Commerce, acting through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Department of the Interior, acting through National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. National Park Service manages five of the eight Channel Islands as Channel Islands National Park. Bald eagle restoration project partner, The Nature Conservancy, owns most of Santa Cruz Island.
By the early 1960s, bald eagles had disappeared from the Channel Islands primarily from the adverse reproductive effects of DDTs exposure through the marine food chain in the Southern California Bight. Eagles were re-introduced to the Islands through the bald eagle restoration project and began unassisted nesting there in 2006, for the first time in over 50 years. The project is being undertaken pursuant to the publicly-reviewed Montrose Settlements Restoration Program Final Restoration Plan.