If you like nature, being a U.S. National Park Service ranger has some obvious benefits. One of the big perks is the opportunity to experience the wildlife. Millions of people visit national parks each year hoping for a glimpse of a bison, bear, eagle, etc., and many go home empty. Rangers encounter these creatures all the time — and they’re often quick to share their experience with photos on social media or their park’s webpage. In acknowledging past stories we’ve posted of this nature, here are 10 more great wildlife photos from park rangers.
10. Just Keep Swimming
Salmon migrate in Alaska’s Togiak National Wildlife Refuge. Local villagers rely heavily on fishing in the refuge for subsistence.
9. Selfie Squirrel
A rock squirrel gets up close with a camera at Zion National Park in Utah.
Dogs pull a sled through Alaska’s Denali National Park. Rangers use dog teams and sleds to help patrol the park during the winter.
7. Glow in the Dark
Bark scorpions, such as this one from Grand Canyon National Park, glow a brilliant white under a black light.
6. Survival of the Fittest
A red wing hawk enjoys a tasty snake in Everglades National Park.
5. Family Trip
Bison and their young calves are on the move in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley. Spend a few hours in the park and chances are good you will see a bison or two; the park’s bison population numbers somewhere between 2,500 and 5,500.
4. Bear Essentials
Brown bears are common in Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, but you won’t often catch a photo of one striking a pose like this
A festive tiger beetle from South Dakota’s Badlands National Park looks menacing in this close-up shot. The photographer is technically not a park ranger, but the shot was done with the park’s cooperation.
2. Who You Lookin’ At?
A bull elk peers at a photographer in Yellowstone National Park.
A bald eagle spreads its wings in Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park. The position actually has a name — the “Horaltic Pose” — which eagles use to increase the surface areas of their bodies to bask in the Sun.