Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
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.