Pocket Guides Help Explain The Nature You See in National Parks

A series of inexpensive folding pocket guides can help you easily identify some of the nature you see in national parks.

Learn About Restoration of Herring River at Cape Cod National Seashore

For more than a century the Herring River, which flows through Cape Cod National Seashore, has struggled ecologically due to a dike built to keep mosquitoes from breeding in the surrounding salt water marsh. Now a collaborative effort is under way to restore the ecosystem.
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Mark Your Calendars: Cape Cod National Seashore Celebrates "Highlands Fest" July 10

Mid-July travelers to Cape Cod National Seashore should consider attending the Highlands Fest: Reflections of the Coast, a festival that melds art, education, science, and volunteerism.

Let's Stay Safe In the National Parks This Summer, Okay?

Summer's arrival and the height of the vacation season is filling the National Park System with folks and families looking to relax, kick back, and enjoy being together in fabulous settings. Let's just not forget to be safe out there, though.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Dispute Places Birds, Turtles, and Humans on Small Strip of Sand

A diminutive shorebird and a string of villages both dependent on the same necklace of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina are being pinched in a precarious setting that demonstrates the folly of trying to control nature.

More Controversy Tied to Religion and Wind Energy Likely To Surface Around the National Park System

More controversy likely is in the offing for decisions affecting landscapes in the National Park System. One settles a long-standing dispute over religious symbols on public lands, the other wind farms.

Cape Cod National Seashore Officials Revisit Plan To Kill Crows To Help Piping Plovers

Cape Cod National Seashore officials, who earlier this year were proposing to kill crows in an effort to protect piping plovers, are backing away from the plan due to the prospective of being sued over the matter. Instead the seashore will spend this year reviewing its shorebird management plan.
Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, And Dying In The National Parks Television shows love to portray park rangers as fit and polite, beaming dazzling smiles, displaying knowledge that knows no bounds, nerves of steel, and with dashing personalities. And then there are the realities, as Andrea Lankford describes in her latest book, Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks.

Recent Storms Took A Toll on Cape Cod National Seashore Beaches

While recent storms pounded Mid-Atlantic states and New England with heavy snows, they also pummeled the beaches of Cape Cod National Seashore.

Interior Secretary Salazar To Handle "Cape Wind" Decision Himself

With negotiations on how best to handle the "Cape Wind" wind farm project proposed for Nantucket Sound apparently deadlocked, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has decided to make a decision on the project himself.

Reader Participation Day: Are We Overreaching With Wildlife Management in National Parks?

How far should national park managers go when it comes to wildlife management issues? That's a controversial issue in some circles, as evidenced by the concern being raised over a proposal at Cape Cod National Seashore to poison some crows that have developed a knack for preying on piping plovers, a threatened species along the Atlantic Seaboard under the Endangered Species Act, whose nests are seemingly protected by enclosures.

Cape Cod National Seashore Plan to Protect Piping Plovers By Killing Some Crows Not Welcomed by All

In the world of bird hierarchy, crows are considered one of the most intelligent birds out there. And it's this intelligence that has Cape Cod National Seashore officials considering a plan to kill some of the smartest crows on the cape with hopes of bolstering populations of piping plovers, a diminutive bird that, while perhaps not as brainy as crows, could face extinction if its numbers don't increase.
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National Park Quiz 78: Harbors

Don’t harbor any illusions; this month’s quiz is no walk in the park. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: "During the 1950s, some scientists suggested that 'instant harbors' could be created with well-placed atomic bombs."

Art in the Parks: Cape Cod National Seashore and Bandelier National Monument

For going on 150 years the landscapes of the National Park System have been inspiring artists. Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt and Maynard Dixon are just three of the long, distinguished roster of artists who found their proverbial muse in places such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion national parks. Here are two more you can add to that list, one contemporary, one from the early 20th Century.

Reader Participation Day: Which is Your Favorite National Seashore?

Which is your favorite national seashore, and why? Seems like a pretty straightforward question, no?

21 National Park System Units Nominated For "Marine Protected Area" Status

Twenty-one units of the National Park System, including five national seashores and four national lakeshores, have been nominated for status as "Marine Protected Areas."
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Ruling Could Set Back Wind Farm Proposed For Nantucket Sound

"Clean energy" and cultural values are colliding not far from Cape Cod National Seashore in Nantucket Sound, where a proposal to erect a wind farm was handed a potential setback Monday when Interior Secretary Ken Salazar pointed to a determination that the Sound is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Brown Pelican Removed from Endangered Species List

If you've recently visited any of the national parks in Florida, or the national seashores on the Gulf Coast, or even Channel Islands National Park, Cape Lookout National Seashore, or Cape Hatteras National Seashore, you might wonder why all the fuss over the removal of the brown pelican from the Endangered Species List.

Heavy Surf Expected Along East Coast National Seashores This Weekend

Now that Hurricane Ida has veered eastward and been downgraded to a tropical storm, national seashores located along the East Coast from the Carolinas to Cape Cod can expect high surf and gusty conditions heading into the weekend.

What to Do With the "Dune Shacks" At Cape Cod National Seashore?

They are simple structures, and "shacks" is no doubt a good way to describe them. Built more than a century ago to house members of the U.S. Life-Saving Service, these board structures hidden amid the dunes of Cape Cod National Seashore have taken on a second, or third, life as artists' roosts. But what should the national seashore do with them?

Cape Cod National Seashore Offering Archaeology Program At Historic Cranberry Farm

Cape Cod to many is synonymous with cranberries. So it shouldn't be surprising that Cape Cod National Seashore is offering an archaeology program focused on a historic cranberry farm on the cape.

Great White Sharks Being Monitored Along Cape Cod National Seashore

A Jaws redux? Not quite, but officials are monitoring some great white sharks that have been enjoying the waters off Cape Cod National Seashore.

What Lurks Beneath the Surface of National Park System Waters, A Diving Guide

Some of the least-known resources of the National Park System are the cultural and natural resources that lie below the waters within the boundaries of our park areas. While not as mainstream as activities such as camping and hiking, diving and snorkeling are increasingly popular ways to enjoy and be inspired by these resources.

Climate Change and National Parks: A Survival Guide for a Warming World -- Red Knot and Other Northeastern Migratory Birds

Each spring, certain areas in Acadia National Park in Maine are closed to visitors as peregrine falcons return to their ancestral nesting sites on seaside cliffs. With great anticipation, park visitors gather below the cliffs with binoculars, spotting scopes, and zoom lenses to watch the peregrines — — a species that in the mid-1960s was on the brink of extinction.

National Park Quiz 63: Pools

The theme of this week’s quiz is a term that has at least 13 different meanings. We’ll pretty much stick with the standard connotation, but not entirely. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you clean the Traveler wishing well and count all the pennies.

Storms Batter Cape Cod National Seashore Beaches And Destroy Most Piping Plover and Least Tern Nests

While humans certainly can wreak havoc on the nests of shorebirds such as piping plovers and least terns, so can Mother Nature. A late-June storm that battered Cape Cod National Seashore destroyed a large majority of the seashore's plover and tern nests.

Traveler's Checklist: Cape Cod National Seashore

The "busy season" for Cape Cod National Seashore doesn't really begin until the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Which means you have plenty of time to consider the Traveler's suggestions for what you definitely must see or do when you visit the seashore.
Cape Cod National Seashore is more than just breakers and sailing. There are dunes to explore and trails to hike. This short video profiles one of those trails, the Fort Hill Trail.