List Of Candidate Species Under Consideration For Endangered Species Act Protection Include At Least 12 From National Parks

In its annual list of species considered to be candidates for Endangered Species Act protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has cited at least 12 species that either can be found, or were found, in the National Park System.

A Halloween Creature Feature: The Burrowing Owl, Not Your Average Raptor

The classic picture of an owl is typically one associated with Halloween: large, nocturnal creatures with wide eyes and a wise mind. With Halloween here, it’s the perfect time to take a look into a lesser-known owl species that can be found in some national parks: the Burrowing Owl.
Who Pooped in the Park? Big Bend National Park: Scat and Tracks for Kids Scatalogically speaked, this book delivers all the poop on Big Bend National Park. So to speak.

How Have National Parks And Public Lands Fared Under The Obama Administration?

With the Obama administration nearing the end of its first term, it has a track record for its stance on public lands in general and national parks specifically, and it's not as rosy as many conservationists had hoped for when the president came into office.

Help Your Essential Friends: Suggestions On Contributing To National Park Friends Groups

Throughout the summer we've been celebrating the work of national park friends groups. While the summer is coming to an end, their good work continues throughout the year. And with that in mind, they could use your support to fund that work. Here's a look back at some of the park system's "essential friends" and how you can support them.

Discriminating Explorer: Enjoy Western National Parks With Tips From National Park Friends Groups

August is on the run, but that doesn't mean the time to get the most out of your favorite national park in the western part of the country has passed by. Take the following tips from friends groups in Big Bend, Glacier, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone national parks to heart and you'll create years of memories.
Peter Greenberg, travel editor for CBS News, featured the Traveler's well-received Essential Friends magazine on his Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio show in late June. Listen to Peter's six-minute interview with the Traveler's Travel Editor Randy Johnson.

A Wonder 24 Hours A Day: Exploring Big Bend National Park With Friends of Big Bend Tips

Big Bend National Park is a big place. To help you get the most out of your visit, consider these tips from Friends of Big Bend National Park.

Essential Friends: Friends of Big Bend National Park, Looking Forward While Preserving The Past

The foremost mission of the National Park Service is to preserve the units of the park system, but providing for public enjoyment and education through interpretation is never overlooked. Helping drive both those missions at Big Bend is Friends of Big Bend National Park, a group that one day could be sponsoring a road or trail run and the next day spending the proceeds from that race on maintaining trails in the park.

U.S. House Approves Legislation That Would Toss Aside Environmental Laws Protecting National Parks

A package of bills that would toss aside environmental laws and regulations protecting a wide number of national parks passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, though its prospects in the Senate were unclear.

Birding In The National Parks: Top 10 Birding Spots In The National Park System

Spring migration is winding down across much of North America, and it’s time for birders to relax and reflect. I’ve been contemplating happy thoughts such as where I would go if given an all-expenses paid birding trip to any U.S. National Park in the next 12 months. No one has offered this to me yet, but I made up a list in my head.

U.S. House To Consider Legislation Opponents Believe Would Degrade Public Lands, National Parks

A package of legislation that sponsors call the Conservation and Economic Growth Act and which critics maintain would severely cripple the nation's environmental laws and pose a threat to the National Park System is expected to come up for a vote in the House of Representatives this week.

Essential Friends: Ensuring Excellence In The National Parks

As lovers of national parks look forward to the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service—guardian of ”America’s Best Idea”—there has never been a better time to profile the rise and role of what may be our “Second Best Idea”—the friends groups, trusts, and foundations that support those parks.

The Best National Park Campgrounds (According To Us)

Here are the best national park campgrounds, according to the Traveler's lodging experts, David and Kay Scott, who actually spend more time in a tent than you might imagine!

Guest Column: IMBA Is A "Strong Partner" For The National Park Service

In a guest column, Mark Eller, the communications director for the International Mountain Bicycling Association, explains why the mountain biking community would be a "strong partner" for the National Park Service.

Guest Column: Has The National Park Service Found Itself Straddling The Fence On Mountain Biking?

Efforts to cut a multiple-use trail for hikers and mountain bikers at Big Bend National Park have generated ongoing debates over whether creating such trails for mountain bikers in national parks is a good thing. Roger Siglin, who long has followed the Big Bend matter, wonders if the National Park Service hasn't painted itself into a corner over this issue.

Traveler's View: International Mountain Bicycling Association Shouldn't Twist Facts To Raise Funds

With hopes of raising money to further its efforts to gain access for biking trails, the International Mountain Bicycling Association is targeting the Traveler as the evil villian.

View From The Overlook: Mountain-Biker-In-Chief

There has been considerable debate about the wisdom of allowing mountain biking in the National Parks in general and Big Bend National Park in particular; that park becoming the poster child and cause celebre of mountain biking.

Coalition Of National Park Retirees Warns Of Congressional Overreach That Could Impact National Parks

You can add the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees to the groups that are concerned about efforts by U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop to dismantle many of the nation's environmental laws in the name of border security.

National Park Service's Handling Of Multiple-Use Trail At Big Bend National Park Criticized

Questions are being raised over whether the National Park Service's approach to the multiple-use trail in Big Bend National Park was preordained to satisfy the International Mountain Bicycling Association.

"Multiple-Use" Trail Going In At Big Bend National Park, But For Now Only Hikers, No Bikers

A funny thing happened on the way to National Park Service officials approving a multiple-use trail at Big Bend National Park: They inadvertently failed to notify the public.

National Park Mystery Spot 37 Revealed: The Italian Word for Large is Grande

Baseball fans and caffeine addicts had an easier time with this one.

Big Bend National Park Recognized For Its Dark Skies By International Dark-Sky Association

Natural Bridges National Monument was the very first unit of the National Park System to garner recognition for its dark night skies, but it's not the only unit to be appreciated for nighttime clarity. Big Bend National Park is the latest park to be honored by the International Dark Sky Association.

Search Continues For Mountain Lion That Attacked Boy At Big Bend National Park

Rangers continued Wednesday to look for a mountain lion that attacked a young boy in Big Bend National Park and which is thought to have aggressively approached a family out hiking the same day.

Young Boy Survives Mountain Lion Attack At Big Bend National Park

Several areas of Big Bend National Park have been closed to the public in the wake of a mountain lion attack on a young boy, who received non-fatal injuries to his face.

Survey of Western Attitudes Shows Strong Support for National Parks, Clean Environment

A survey of Westerners shows overwhelming support for conservation of the landscape, with strong pluralities agreeing that "national parks, forests, monuments and wildlife areas, are an essential part" of their state economies.

Find Time To Escape To Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park is a land of borders. Situated on the boundary with Mexico along the Rio Grande, it's a place where countries and cultures meet. It's also a place that merges natural environments from desert to mountains, where south meets north, and east meets west, creating a great diversity of plant and animal life.

Reader Participation Day: Do Your Holiday Plans Include a Visit to a National Park?

The combination of time off from work or school and an appealing destination will entice some Americans to spend at least part of the upcoming holidays in a park. For some it's an annual tradition; for others it's a special, one-time trip. Does a visit to a national park figure into your holiday plans?

House Natural Resources Committee To Hold Hearing On Endangered Species Act

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings, concerned that the Endangered Species Act is wasting more money on lawsuits than recovering species, has scheduled a full committee hearing on the act for next week.

Birding in the National Parks: Searching For the Colima Warbler In Big Bend National Park

If you plan to notch your "Big Year," you need to head down to Big Bend National Park to catch a glimpse of the Colima Warbler.