The National Park Service unexpectedly came under fire only hours into Donald Trump’s presidency. Seems the NPS Twitter account retweeted images unfavorably comparing the crowds for Trump’s inauguration to Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration. In response, an administration official ordered all Interior Department Twitter use halted until they reviewed the situation. Thankfully, @NatlParkService and other Interior Twitter accounts were up and running a day later. That’s good news for the millions of followers of these various accounts, which tweet out news along with some incredible images of America’s national parks, wildlife refuges and other natural wonders. With that in mind, here’s a look at 10 Twitter accounts to follow if you like great nature photos, stories, and other fun outdoors stuff.
10. Stunning Wildlife
A great account to follow if you like cute animal photos — and judging by viral trends on social media, it seems everyone loves cute animal photos.
9. Trey Ratcliff
Ratcliff stays busy with a camera, feeding a popular Twitter account, a website (www.stuckincustoms.com) and a Flickr account. He has a good eye for landscape images.
8. Nature Conservancy
Some good photos and news on conservation, although the constant message of conservation at times seems a bit overdone. Then again, that is the Nature Conservancy’s mission.
7. U.S. Tornadoes
Sometimes nature is beautiful — think a brilliant sunset, or sparkling alpine lake. And sometimes nature leaves death and destruction in its wake. This account seems to have anything and everything about tornadoes, from current photos and videos of tornadoes to weather maps explaining why the situation is ripe for severe weather. Lots of severe weather updates, though, so be forewarned.
6. NatGeo Travel
They tweet all the spectacular places you’d visit if you had the time … and the money.
Nice photos, complimented by stories on history, natural sciences, special parks offers and more. And yes, there are plenty of cute animal photos.
4. U.S. Dept. of Interior
They keep the extraneous tweets to a minimum, which is nice if you don’t like a bunch of clutter in your feed. You can still count on one photo each day you’d like to pull off Twitter and use as your desktop background.
3. Earth Pics (HD)
All photos, all the time. In high definition, too. Some landscapes you’ve heard of, but others seem almost like scenes and sights from another world.
2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife
We love the photos, but the USFWS often posts short videos of wildlife doing strange things. Recent videos include an octopus appearing to walk on land and a fox hilariously leaping at prey and missing.
1. National Geographic
This is exactly what you would expect, the same great elements that have made National Geographic a legendary publication. There’s a mix of photos, videos, story links, animations and more.
One More: Astro Pic Of The Day
Most of the images on this NASA-operated account are of the universe, but many show the Earth as seen from the International Space Station. And there are some amazing terrestrial images as well.