Into the Wild

In the Still Picture Branch, we aim to cultivate a habitat that promotes access to the unique images in our custody.  Today, I’m highlighting series 22-DP: Photographs from the National Digital Library, ca. 1998 – 2011, a collection of born-digital images and digital reproductions of analog photographs, brought to us by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center.  It contains over 11,000 images, all found in our catalog, depicting animals, vegetation, scenic views, and wildlife refuges, as well as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees, facilities, and outreach activities.

 

As is customary for my blog posts of late, I cherry-picked some of my favorite wildlife images for you.

Manatee swims near Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
Manatee swims near Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. National Archives Local Identifier: 022-DP-00009.

 

Tortoise in the sand at Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge.
A variety of wildlife can be found at Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge. National Archives Local Identifier: 022-DP-00106.

 

An American oystercatcher is photographed at Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge.
An American oystercatcher is photographed at Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge. National Archives Local Identifier: 022-DP-00100.

 

Two wild horses stand closely together.
Two wild horses stand closely together. National Archives Local Identifier: 022-DP-00047.

 

An endangered gray wolf peers out from a snow covered shelter.
An endangered gray wolf peers out from a snow covered shelter. National Archives Local Identifier: 022-DP-05857.

 

And while I was content with just posting animals in this blog, I was captivated by the next photographs, as they sparked my curiosity and led me to learn some new things.

Whooping cranes arrive in Florida with their Ultra-lite guides.
Whooping cranes arrive in Florida with their Ultra-lite guides. National Archives Local Identifier: 022-DP-00032.

According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, young whooping cranes were trained to follow ultra-light aircraft as part of an effort to restore the endangered whooping crane population in the East.

The ship, Cougar Ace, has been listing since problems arose during a required open-sea transfer of ballast water on July 23rd, 2006.
The Cougar Ace is a 654-foot car carrier owned by Tokyo-based Mitsui O.S.K. Lines. The ship has been listing since problems arose during a required open-sea transfer of ballast water on July 23rd, 2006, approximately 230 miles south of Adak. This image sh. National Archives Local Identifier: 022-DP-00261.

According to Wikipedia’s Glossary of nautical terms, ‘listing,’ or ‘list,’ is “a vessel’s angle of lean or tilt to one side, in the direction called roll.”

There are thousands more photos just like these that highlight the beauty of nature, and will surely pique your curiosity like they did mine.  In order to access these images, follow the link in the first paragraph of this blog, and under the Details section, find Includes, and click 11426 item(s) described in the catalog link.

 

 

 

 

 

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