If you're not following the Department of the Interior on Instagram, you're missing out.
The account highlights the bounty of natural wonders found across America -- from sea to shining sea, and everything in between. The agency, administered by Sally Jewell, oversees nearly one-fifth of the landmass of the United States, including 59 national parks.
Take a look at the top 10 animal photos from the Interior Department's account that have been posted over the past year, and follow along throughout 2015 @usinterior.
Photo courtesy of Cameron Patrick.
The morning commute is a little different at #Yellowstone #NationalPark. Cameron Patrick captured this photo on a cold morning -- just after the #bison herd had waded through a river along side the road. The bisons' body heat caused the water to turn to steam in the cold air, creating the mist around the bison.
Photo by Kevin Dietrich (www.sharetheexperience.org).
From all of us at the Department of the Interior and NPS (including this grizzly bear), we want to thank you for the kind words about the National Park Service 98th birthday today. Here is our second photo celebrating the national parks and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Wilderness act on September 3rd. This bear is in Lake Clark National Park, a land of stunning beauty where volcanoes steam, salmon run, bears forage, craggy mountains reflect in shimmering turquoise lakes, and local people and culture still depend on the land and water of their home. Solitude is found around every bend in the river and shoulder of a mountain. Venture into the park to become part of the wilderness. Photo: Kevin Dietrich (www.sharetheexperience.org)
Photo by Tom Koerner, USFWS.
Photo by Daniel D'Auria (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Photo courtesy of Mary Frische.
This is something you don't see every day! A red fox dives head first into the snow at Kanuti National #WildlifeRefuge in #Alaska (@usfws). This photo captures the last half of the fox's hunt for its prey. This fox launched his attack about 10 feet from the prey. By leaping, the fox avoids the noise of running at the target, which would alert his prey to danger. Photo courtesy of Mary Frische.
Photo by USFWS.
The bog turtle is one of the smallest, rarest turtles in North America. Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge in #Pennsylvania was established in part to protect the federally threatened bog turtle, which can be found in wetlands throughout the valley. Due to their listed status, refuge public use areas are located away from sensitive bog turtle habitats. Photo: @USFWS
Photo courtesy of Mark Sullivan, National Wildlife Refuge Association (http://refugeassociation.org/).
Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit, National Park Service.
Photo courtesy of Rob Daugherty (@robswildlife).
#LakeClark #NationalPark and Preserve in #Alaska teems with wildlife -- from bears and moose to sea lions and whales. While on a boat ride on Crescent Lake, Rob Daugherty (@robswildlife) captured this stunning image of a coastal brown bear that had just finished eating salmon. “It was an epic moment to photograph him as he licked his fishy, post-meal chops,” says Rob. Photo courtesy of @robswildlife.
Photo courtesy of Georgia Riddick.