Haleakala National Park Animals

Native vertebrate animals at Haleakala are a very select group. To get to Hawaii across such vast expanses of ocean, animals had to fly or swim. Not surprisingly the only native mammals at Haleakala are a bat and a seal. The only native reptiles are sea turtles. Birds are the prevalent native vertebrates, and except for migrants, all are endemic, that is, they are found nowhere but Hawaii. Even the Hawaiian goose, the nene, is found only in Hawaii. Long ago its ancestor, a Canada goose, flew here and stayed. Isolated, it evolved on land and even lost its webbed feet (not much use on lava flows). Now like the other Hawaiian land birds;it too is "endemic."

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November's Featured Park
The North Cascades have long been known as the North American Alps. Characterized by rugged beauty, this steep mountain range is filled with jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls and glaciers. North Cascades National Park Service Complex contains the heart of this mountainous region in three park units which are all managed as one and include North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas.
November's Animal
Badgers are animals of open country. Their oval burrows (ten inches across and four to six inches high) are familiar features of grasslands on sandy or loamy soils of the eastern plains or shrub country in mountain parks or western valleys.