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."

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Rangers Counted 104 Sea Turtle Nests in 2009

While the number of sea turtle nests observed on Cape Hatteras National Seashore in 2009 slightly declined from 2008, the 104 verified nests were far above the 43 counted just five years ago. Those 2009 nests also produced roughly 5,000 turtle hatchlings, according to the seashore's annual sea turtle report.
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Most Campgrounds at Cape Hatteras National Seashore To Open April 2

If you're planning to visit Cape Hatteras National Seashore, most of the campgrounds will be open for business on April 2, although the Cape Point Campground isn't scheduled to open until May 28.

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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National Park Mystery Spot 7 Revealed: It’s Not on the Beach Anymore

Did you identify the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, proud symbol of Cape Hatteras National Seashore?

Torpedo Junction—Shipwrecks of WWI and WWII—Featured in Program at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Burning tanker off North Carolina coast in 1942.
Cape Hatteras and the Outer Banks of North Carolina have long been known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic," and among the more than 1,000 vessels believed to have been lost in the area are some from World Wars I and II. They'll be the subject of a talk near the park on January 20.

Two Ponies Added to Ocracoke Herd On Cape Hatteras National Seashore

A healthy herd of "Banker" horses at Cape Lookout National Seashore has benefited Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which recently gained two ponies for its Ocracoke Herd from the herds at Cape Lookout.

Slide Show Demonstrates Ida's Power at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

As they say, a picture is worth a 1,000 words. Proof can be found in this slide show that captures the power of Tropical Storm Ida at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Ida Gives Many Atlantic Coast National Parks a Severe Beating

The remains of Tropical Storm Ida have inflicted some of the heaviest damage that Atlantic Coast beaches have seen in quite a few years. NPS units in the impacted area will have a major cleanup & fix up job on their hands.

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.

Two Historic Lighthouses at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Will Go Dark Next Week – But They'll Be Back

Ocracoke lighthouse.
The Bodie Island and Ocracoke Lighthouses have a long and fascinating history, but their familiar beacons will be missing from the nighttime views at Cape Hatteras National Seashore beginning September 28. Fear not, they'll both be back after renovation work is completed.

With Fall Fishing Season Nearing, Cape Hatteras National Seashore Making Repairs to ORV Beach Access Ramps

With the fall fishing season quickly approaching, crews at Cape Hatteras National Seashore are making repairs to some of the ORV beach-access ramps.

Reader Participation Day: Are You An East Coast, West Coast, or Gulf Coast National Seashore Person?

Quick, pick an ocean setting for next summer's national park vacation. Are you heading to the Northeast, the Northwest, or looking South or somewhere else for your destination?

More Nesting Site Vandalism At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Yet another act of vandalism has struck nesting grounds at Cape Hatteras National Seashore -- this time involving a turtle nest -- and in turn seashore officials expanded the off-limits boundary area around the site.

Surf Is Decidedly Up At Cape Hatteras National Seashore Thanks to Hurricane Bill

Gnarly waves are rolling ashore at Cape Hatteras National Seashore thanks to the passing of Hurricane Bill, dude, but that has park officials urging folks to be careful out there.

Volunteers Needed to Help Monitor Sea Turtle Nests at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

If you've got some free time and enjoy walking along a sandy beach with the Atlantic surf pounding the shore, the folks at Cape Hatteras National Seashore have a job for you.

Are You a Fan of Lighthouses? National Lighthouse Day is Coming Up

Sullivan's Island Light.
National Lighthouse Day is being observed around the country on August 7, and there are some excellent examples of those beacons in NPS areas. Some parks will host special events this weekend; one of them is more often associated with a famous battle than a lighthouse.

Vandals Remove Fencing That Was Protecting Turtle Nest at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cape Hatteras National Seashore authorities are trying to determine who removed fencing that had been set up to protect a sea turtle's nest not far from Rodanthe. Rangers say it doesn't appear as if the nest was disturbed. Not only did they again fence the site, but they expanded the area protected as required under a court-ordered consent decree pertaining to beach access.

Hope For Clear Skies August 5 When Cape Hatteras National Seashore Offers Full Moon Tours of its Lighthouse

If you're going to be at or near Cape Hatteras National Seashore on August 5, there's an unusual interpretive program you might want to take part in.

National Park Quiz 65: Dunes

This week’s quiz may leave sand in your shoes. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you explain the culturally nuanced meanings of dune field, erg, and drass.

Are Our National Parks No Longer for the People?

Chesler Park, Canyonlands National Park, Kurt Repanshek photo.
Are national parks no longer for the people? Have environmental groups succeeded in legally creating roadblocks to prevent their enjoyment? An Ohio man believes so. But what do you think?

National Park Quiz 61: Heat

It’s July, so heat is as good a theme as any for this week’s quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you devise 101 simple experiments illustrating that heat is an unavoidable byproduct of work.

Watch Out For Construction Crews Around Bodie Island at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Heading to Cape Hatteras National Seashore this summer? Then you'll want to read the latest on this summer's construction activity around Bodie Island.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore to Offer Full Moon Lighthouse Tours

Let's hope the skies over Cape Hatteras National Seashore are cloud-free this weekend. That's because a full moon is scheduled and the national seashore plans to offer full moon tours of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse this Saturday night.

New Tours Offer a Nighttime Experience at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
Lighthouses are a popular attraction, and what better time to appreciate one than at night? Cape Hatteras National Seashore is offering the unusual chance to climb to the top of the venerable Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on a new nighttime tour.

National Park Week: Lot's Going On Out There Across the System

While every day of the year offers opportunities to explore the National Park System and learn something about this unique collection of properties, once a year the president proclaims "National Park Week" with hopes folks will get out and enjoy the parks. This year that week starts Saturday, April 18, and runs through next Saturday, April 26.

National Park Designation is an Unholy Mess

With national park redesignation back in the news, this seems like a good time to remind Traveler readers just how nonsensical National Park System unit nomenclature has become. Why can’t Congress and the National Park Service put their heads together and come up with a designation system that actually makes sense?

How to Save a Historic Lighthouse. Sometimes the Answer is ... Give it Away

Chicago Harbor Lighthouse.
There's just something about a lighthouse that appeals to history buffs, romantics, and lots of other people. The National Park System includes some great lighthouses, but the NPS can't save them all. Sometimes, the best way for the feds to preserve one is to give it away.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Identifies Pre-Nesting Closure Areas For Piping Plover

Though it's been a mostly quiet winter on the coast of North Carolina, things might get a bit testy in the coming weeks as Cape Hatteras National Seashore releases its pre-nesting closure plans to protect piping plovers, a threatened species.
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