Some Long Missing Species Returning To Cape Cod National Seashore

Some wildlife species long forgotten at Cape Cod are returning to the national seashore in numbers both attracting fascination as well as consternation.

Salt Marshes At Cape Cod National Seashore Being Squeezed Out Of Space

Ever so gently, but steadily nonetheless, development and sea-level rise are slowly squeezing salt marshes at Cape Cod National Seashore. High marshes are being being transformed into low marshes, and low marshes are in danger of being drowned out.

Blizzard Of '15 Takes Out Nauset Light Beach Staircase At Cape Cod National Seashore

Well, time again to order a new set of beach access stairs for Nauset Light Beach at Cape Cod National Seashore. The staircase, which was replaced in 2013 after a winter storm, was taken out by the "Blizzard of '15," according to Seashore Superintendent George Price.

Now's The Time To Be Making Plans For Summer In The National Parks

Today is not too early to make your summer vacation plans in the National Park System.

Concerns, Opposition Voiced To Proposed Entrance Fee Increases At National Parks

As more and more units of the National Park System roll out proposals to increase their entrance fees to bring them in line with a standardized schedule developed by National Park Service leaders, public opposition is being voiced, with some newspapers and towns opposing the increases and individuals maintaining they're untenable and unfair.

Some Eastern National Park Destinations For Winter

Winter wonderlands come in many shapes, forms, and temperatures in the National Park System. They can be pine forests shrouded in snow, or turquoise waters swimming with green parrotfish, blue tangs, and silvery barracudas. You can climb ice walls at Acadia National Park, kick-and-glide or skate to an overlook of Half Dome and the Yosemite Valley, or find your way to the 13,159-foot summit of Wheeler Peak atop Great Basin National Park.

Birding In The National Parks: Don't Overlook Cape Cod National Seashore In Winter

I’m presuming no one needs me to tell them that Florida is a good travel and birding destination in the winter. Looking out my window at the first sticking snow of the winter is making me think about the Everglades. Winter is the dry season there, and the dwindling seasonal wetlands concentrate birds and wildlife for easier viewing.

Higher Entrance Fees Proposed For Cape Cod National Seashore

Proposed entrance fees floated by Cape Cod National Seashore officials, if approved, would boost the cost of driving into the seashore in your car by one-third. The rise would be even steeper if you came in on foot or bike or on a motorcycle.

Birding In The National Parks: Have You Dipped Lately?

Have you ever missed a unique birding sighting by just this much? That's dipping, for you.

World War II Ordnance Found, Detonated At Cape Cod National Seashore

An interesting shell was found on one of Cape Cod National Seashore's beaches the other day, but it was not your typical seashell. Rather, it was a 14-inch, World War II military shell.

Smoking Ban Comes To Beaches At Cape Cod, Fire Island National Seashores

In a move to minimize second-hand smoke problems and to help keep beaches cleaner, smoking bans are coming to guarded beaches at Cape Cod National Seashore.

Cape Cod National Seashore : Clambakes, Whales, And Beach Time

Summer vacations at the Cape have long been an American tradition, dating back well before the national seashore was authorized in 1961. So popular is the seashore, in fact, that the vacation season has stretched out, going well beyond Labor Day and creeping into October. And why not? Waters, whether you’re talking about the Cape’s freshwater kettle ponds, Cape Cod Bay, or the Atlantic, remain relatively warm through September.

Cape Cod National Seashore To Offer Junior Lifeguard Program

Cape Cod National Seashore will once again offer its Junior Lifeguard Program for boys and girls ages 13 to 17 this summer. The purpose of the program is to promote water safety and provide job-specific training on Cape Cod by reaching out to area youth. Many past junior lifeguards currently work as ocean lifeguards for the seashore and several towns on Cape Cod.

National Park Service Key Player In Nurturing Tomorrow's Park Interpreters, Naturalists

Hoh Rain Forest ranger program/Kurt Repanshek
Reaching into his daypack, the ranger pulled out a banana slug. Not a real one, but a stuffed animal version, a perfect prop to explain just exactly what banana slugs were to the youngsters in his audience here in the Hoh Rain Forest of Olympic National Park.

Groups Working On National Saltwater Recreational Fishing Policy

The ocean waters off the national seashores and national parks that touch those waters offer incredible opportunities for recreation, whether it revolves around fishing, boating, or simply swimming. Now efforts are under way to develop a national policy focused on recreational fishing in those and other ocean waters.

Essential Paddling Guide: Prime Paddling Spots, East

Rivers run fast and tumbling throughout the National Park System, there are streams with lazy meanders, and placid lakes perfect for dipping a paddle. This diversity poses a delightful dilemma when you have the urge to float and paddle. What follows is just a sampling of the experiences that await you, whether you have hundreds of watery miles under your paddle, or are looking for calm waters to take your youngsters.

Essential Park Guide, Spring 2014: Spring Into The Parks

While spring in some parks (mostly those in the Rockies, Sierra, and Pacific Northwest) is rightfully described as “mud season,” there are some great early season hikes—and some wonderful camping—to be found across the National Park System. Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights.

Traveler's Essential Paddling Guide To The National Parks

Paddling down a river or across a lake in a national park setting is truly a wonderful, memorable experience, one that carries thrills and life-long memories. You can retrace the historic 19th-century journey of John Wesley Powell, or land on a lodgepole pine-studded shore where camp is set under swaying trees and the evening brings a vivid sunset.

Birding In The National Parks: Snowy Owl Invasion, Round Two

It’s happening again! No, not another government shutdown. That’s next month. What we have here is another invasion of Snowy Owls.

Birding In The National Parks: Twitching

Are you a "twitcher" or a "chaser" when it comes to birding in the national parks?

Cape Cod National Seashore's Urgent Message To Visitors: "Don't Feed The Coyotes!"

For decades the message to visitors at some popular national parks has been, "Don't feed the bears," but now there's a different twist on that theme at Cape Cod National Seashore. Park officials are asking visitors to stop feeding coyotes, and there's a sense of urgency in the campaign.

Fireside Reads: Why Do Bluebirds Hate Me?

Outwardly, Why Do Bluebirds Hate Me? is not a book about national parks, but the wisdom the author offers can be carried into the parks.
Why Do Bluebirds Hate Me?: More Answers to Common and Not-So-Common Questions about Birds and Birding Though there's a pile of books on the edge of my desk waiting to be reviewed, Mike O'Connor's book jumped to the top of the heap when it arrived at my door. Outwardly, My Do Bluebirds Hate Me? is not a book about national parks, but the wisdom the author offers can be carried into the parks.

Least And Roseate Terns Staging At Cape Cod National Seashore For Trek South

If you still need to checkoff the Least, or Roseate, terns from your birding life list, or simply like to watch birds, you might consider visiting Cape Cod National Seashore as those species are staging there in advance of their migration south.

Dune Erosion Forces Demolition Of Marconi Interpretive Kiosk At Cape Cod National Seashore

Rather than waiting for erosion to do the job, crews at Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts have demolished the interpretive kiosk at the site where Guglielmo Marconi made history in 1903 by sending the first transatlantic wireless message to England.

Cape Cod National Seashore Swimmers Cautioned About Great White Sharks

It's shark season, and not just on television. With summer beach season in full swing, Cape Cod National Seashore officials are offering guidelines on how to avoid great white sharks that follow grey seals to the cape's waters.

Cape Cod National Seashore Beaches To Be Ready For Summer

While some of the beaches at Cape Cod National Seashore were hit particularly hard by Hurricane Sandy last fall and winter storms, park officials say repairs will be made in time for the high summer season.

Native American Skills To Be Demonstrated At Cape Cod National Seashore On June 1

The culture and traditions of the Wampanoag tribe will be on display at Cape Cod National Seashore on June 1 at the Salt Pond Visitor Center.

Restoration Work Will Temporarily Close Portion Of Nauset Bike Path At Cape Cod National Seashore

Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts will close a portion of the Nauset Bike Path this spring for the first of two phases of rehabilitation and safety improvements.

Yes, The Sequestration Has Hit The National Parks. But They're Still Open And Still Spectacular!

Yes, our national parks are grappling with the loss of millions of dollars due to the failure of Congress and the Obama administration to treat the country's ailing fiscal condition, but they're still open, and still spectacular places to explore.