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Over the last few centuries, there have been many reported sightings of a large, hairy, bipedal creature walking through the wilderness. Some of these sightings have been caught on film or camera. Undoubtedly, one of the most famous is the Patterson-Gimlin film that was shot in Northern California in 1967. There have been Bigfoot (aka Yeti and Sasquatch) sightings all over the world with the exception of Antarctica. There have been documentaries and movies about Bigfoot and there is even a television series that follows the adventures of a team of people who are determined to prove the existence of Bigfoot.

Poets have written about forests and trees for centuries. From Joyce Kilmer's, "I think that I shall never see, A poem lovely as a tree," to Henry David Thoreau's, "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

In August, we cheered on the city of Seattle for banning single-use plastic straws in its city limits. Plastic straws are not just unnecessary, but they contribute to climate change and can badly harm ocean life. With more than 500 million plastic straws used in the United States daily, Seattle represents only a drop in the bucket. But it's the first drop in a bucket we hope to see filled to the top.

The U.S. National Parks Service was created in 1916 when congress passed the National Park Service Organic Act, creating the agency that would manage the country's national parks as well as some national monuments.

The Endangered Species Act has been in effect in the United States since 1973, when it was signed into law by then President Richard Nixon. Its primary goal was simple: prevent extinction. The writing, then as now, was on the wall that without some kind of intervention, a new mass extinction was inevitable.

Beaches are some of the most popular places to go to for vacation. And, why wouldn't they be? They're beautiful, relaxing and a great place to people watch (if you're into that). They can also be a lot of fun if you like to surf, boogie board, play beach volleyball, fly kites and look for interesting sea critters and shells. But, some beaches are pretty bizarre. Below are 5: