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When Bears Fly

A picture of an extremely large inflated Smokey Bear balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
This bear can fly. The new Smokey Bear balloon debuted in last year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (USDA Forest Service photo) Smokey Bear will make an appearance again in the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The star of the longest-running public service advertising campaign in U.S. history will remind those tuning-in about his important message: Only You…
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How a tribal fire crew rescued the real Smokey Bear

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Adolph Samora, one of the original members of the Taos Pueblo Snowball crew responsible for the rescue of Smokey Bear. Photo/Smokey Bear LIVE This year, we celebrated Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday as a national fire prevention icon. Many know Smokey’s message: “Only YOU can prevent wildfires,” but fewer people may know that Smokey was a real American black bear…
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Five diamonds for Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday with more fun to come

USDA employees gather on the USDA Whitten patio to celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday in Washington, DC, along with members of the National Garden Club.
USDA employees celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday in Washington, DC, along with members of the National Garden Club. The Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl poster contest winner, Penny Atkinson, was presented with an award during the event. (USDA Forest Service photo) If birthday parties were rated, the events surrounding Smokey Bear’s big day would easily earn five…
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National sing-along for Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday

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Smokey Bear turns 75 this August 9th. (USDA Forest Service graphic) The USDA Forest Service is inviting folks to wish Smokey Bear a very pleasant 75th birthday by singing the traditional “Happy Birthday” song and posting it on the internet with the hashtag #SingForSmokey.  Holding just one birthday party for the hardest working bear in America seemed impractical.…
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The once ‘living’ Smokey Bear is remembered at the National Zoo

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Smokey Bear stands next to his statue outside the new Smokey Bear exhibit at Smithsonian’s National Zoo. The Smokey Bear Zone celebrates 75 years of preventing wildfires. The exhibit highlights include an iconic Smokey statue, vintage posters and photographs of the real Smokey Bear. (USDA Forest Service photo by Tanya Flores.) In honor of Smokey Bear’s 75th…
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Join the Bat Squad and Pull for Bats during Bat Week

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Bats have quite the list of positive effects in our world, from the billions of dollars they save in pesticides to natural pollination and seed spreading. Bats eat about one-half of their body weight in insects each night. We need bats. In honor of our furry, flying mammal friends, consider pulling for bats during Bat Week from Oct. 24-31. You can make a difference, whether you get a…
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