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Amistad National Recreation Area Cactus

Flowers that will fade in a few hours (NPS Photo) One of the most unusual of plants, cacti are a lesson in extremes. Not only do they tolerate drought and heat better than most plants, but their spinney, ungainly shapes would never suggest that they produce some of nature's most beautiful and delicate flowers. For more information and photos, visit our Field Guide to Cacti . ParkNet U.S. Department of the Interior FOIA Privacy Disclaimer FirstGov

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Maine Puffins
Maine Puffins

Maine ocean islands provide the only nesting sites for Atlantic puffins in the United States. Eastern Egg Rock in the midcoast region, Seal Island and Matinicus Rock at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, and Machias Seal Island and Petit Manan Island off the downeast coast provide habitat for more than 4,000 puffins each summer.