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A unit of the National Park Service, Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River protects scenic, recreational, cultural, fish and wildlife resources.

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Mother Nature has been giving us quite the show the last few days in Lackawaxen! #upperdelaware #findyourpark #morningfog at Zane Grey Museum

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It was a cold and blustery day but our volunteers still worked hard to pull tons of trash and tires out of the river! A big thank you to everyone who came out and worked hard for the day! #upperdelaware #findyourpark #npld #americasrivers #volunteerwork at Ten Mile River

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Beautiful day in Lackawaxen, PA. #upperdelaware #findyourpark #findyourpark #fall

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This is a photo of a beautiful male Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) just moments before it was released into the wild! Our Natural Resources Management Team has been capturing some young monarch caterpillars and raising them to adulthood this summer to boost the population and increase survival. Monarchs are a very interesting insect species as they actually migrate across the U.S. up to 3,000 miles! The species has shown significant declines in some areas in the past few years and has become a species worthy of concern. Monarch Butterflies play a key role in the ecosystems across the country as they serve as pollinators to many different plant species. #findyourpark #upperdelaware #wildlifewednesday #monarchbutterfly

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Ranger Rachael talking with visitors at the Port Jervis Fall Foliage Festival. #upperdelaware #findyourpark #riversafety at Fall Foliage Festival Port Jervis NY

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Today is National Hunting and Fishing Day! This picture shows one of the thousands of fishermen that come to the Upper Delaware River to fish every year. This day celebrates outdoor sports such as hunting and fishing as well as their vital contribution to conservation efforts throughout history. Learn more about the history of this day here http://www.nhfday.org/Page/About-NHFDay.aspx and make sure to get out today and enjoy some of the great natural resources here on the Upper Delaware! #upperdelaware #findyourpark #fishing

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Did you know that each porcupine has over 30,000 quills on their body? A common misconception is that porcupines will throw their quills at a predator but that is actually not true. A porcupine will defend itself by turning its back toward its predator, tucking its head between its legs, and beginning to thrash its tail back and forth. The quills can be very difficult to remove and as a result many wild animals die as a result of the quills coming into contact with their heart, lungs, or arteries. #porcupine #upperdelaware

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Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) is a common native plant in North America and can be seen all over the Upper Delaware region. Historically, the sap of this plant was well known by Native Americans for relieving the symptoms of poison ivy and stinging nettle. The bright orange color also attracts many important pollinators such as hummingbirds, butterflies, and bumblebees! #upperdelaware #findyourpark #plants #jewelweed

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The Great Egret (Ardea alba) can be easily identified by its bright white plumage as well as its orange-yellow beak and black legs. This majestic bird can be found throughout the Upper Delaware region in the summer and early fall. This species became the symbol of the National Audubon Society after they were over hunted so their feathers could be used in the fashion industry. The Great Egrets have since rebounded as a protected species and have become another conservation success story! #UpperDelaware #GreatEgret #Audubon #findyourpark

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The Northern Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus) can be seen around the Upper Delaware region, this one was found on the Tusten Mountain Trail! These salamanders get their name from the glue-like secretion they use for defense against predators and are easily recognized by their black color with many white spots. The species is mainly nocturnal and hibernates underground from November to March to survive the cold winter months. #salamander #tustenmountaintrail #upperdelaware #upperdelawaresrr #findyourpark

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#throwbackthursday takes us back to 2006 when the new Barryville - Shohola Bridge is under construction. This new bridge replaced the old truss bridge which was one of four previous bridges built over the Delaware River connecting Shohola, PA with Barryville, NY. #barryvilleny #bridges #shoholapa #upperdelaware #upperdelawaresrr at Barryville, New York

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Who was out walking after the rain today? #wildlifewednesday #upperdelaware #upperdelawaresrr #findyourpark at Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania

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Working at Upper Delaware is labor of love. You can't beat being a park ranger! We hope you are in enjoying your Labor Day weekend. #upperdelaware #labordayweekend #zanegrey #findyourpark at Zane Grey Museum

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Here we see a honeybee (Apis mellifera) mid-flight. These insects can fly at almost 15 miles per hour and get their well-known buzzing sound from beating their wings about 12,000 times per minute. To make one pond of honey, bees will have to visit 2 million flowers! The work these bees do is extremely important as this species is responsible for the pollination of almost 80% of all crops in the United States such as apples, cucumbers, blueberries, and more! #honeybee #pollinators #upperdelaware #findyourpark

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Upper Delaware S&RR has been spreading the importance of life jackets for the last 39 years. Though the look of our posters may have changed the message is the same: Wear It!!! #tbt #lifejackets #upperdelaware #1980s

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