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Rare Amphibian Species Discovered Breeding In Santa Monica Mountains

National Park Service researchers surveying a stream in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area last week spotted signs of California red-legged frog reproduction. The nine egg masses found are the first known evidence in recent times of the species sustaining a population in the Santa Monica Mountains without the help of humans.
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Devils Tower Climbing Routes Temporarily Close To Protect Nesting Falcons

Climbing routes on the northeast face of Devils Tower at Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming have been temporarily closed to protect nesting peregrine and prairie falcons. The closure is implemented to provide the falcons with an undisturbed nesting location during this critical courtship and nest-selection period, and is an annual occurrence at Devils Tower.
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Park Service To Explore How Best To Protect Coastal Species In Southeast Region

The National Park Service is embarking on a study to determine how best to protect shorebirds, sea turtles and beach mice from the threat of predators at park units in the Southeast Region. The Coastal Species of Concern Predator Management Plan Programmatic Environmental Assessment will evaluate the best available predator management options and analyze relevant environmental issues.
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Taiya River Fish Study To Begin In April At Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, in partnership with Skagway Traditional Council and Taiya Watershed Council, will begin a project to study eulachon fish in the Taiya River. Eulachon, or hooligan, have been important to area residents for generations. Oil rendered from the eulachon has long been used as an important medicine, food, and trade item.
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Cherry Blossoms Might Be Failing, But Yellowstone's Bears Are Right On Schedule

Though cold weather is threatening the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park are getting up and out to enjoy the spring season and pack on some pounds. Though bear tracks have been spotted in the park since late February, on Wednesday visual sightings of some of the bruins were made by park employees.
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