Birding in the National Parks

This past year we started a bimonthly column on birding in the national parks, which is a great way to enjoy the parks while learning more about the hundreds of species that flit about the National Park System. Here's a look back at those columns.

Holiday Video Greetings from Your National Parks

The National Park Service is using modern technology to share holiday greetings from parks across the country. Short videos filmed in 15 parks are airing on the National Park Service's YouTube channel through the end of the month.

Congress Authorizes ... But Doesn't Fund ... 5.5 More Miles Of Bridge On Tamiami Trail Through Everglades

Congress has taken another step toward restoring the flow of water through the Everglades by authorizing construction of 5.5 more miles of bridge along the Tamiami Trail, but stopped short of providing the $330 million currently estimated to get the job done.

Top Six Family Adventures In National Parks

A year's worth of family vacations to national parks led to the following list of top family adventures in the national parks.

Snakes Alive! There's An App For That At Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park officials are turning to technology -- an app, not surprisingly -- to help them stay on top of non-native snakes and other plant and animal species invading the park.

Lodging Plan For Flamingo Area Of Everglades National Park Continues To Evolve

Costs, seasonality, and even climate change have planners at Everglades National Park revisiting how best to provide lodging for visitors to the Flamingo area of the park.

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?

National Park Mystery Spot 30 Revealed: The Rhyming Road Takes You There

A rhyming road takes you there.

Obama Administration Cites 5-Year-Old Study To Tout Value of America's Great Outdoors

The Obama Administration is touting the economic benefits of the great outdoors ... but the lion's share of that clout is based on a five-year-old study.

Botanical Artworks Coming To Biscayne National Park

That national parks inspire artists is no surprise. And if you're heading to Biscayne National Park between September 16 and late November, you can see the results of that inspiration at the park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center.

Congresswoman Bachmann Would Support Drilling For Oil In Everglades National Park

It's been nearly four years since Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson said he would support drilling for oil beneath Everglades National Park if there were substantial reserves there. Well, Mr. Thompson soon left that race, but another GOP presidential hopeful says she'd do the same thing.

University of Georgia Study Finds That Cold Water, As With Warm Water, Can Kill Coral Reefs

University of Georgia researchers have determined that unusually cold seawater, as with unusually warm seawater, can be deadly for the coral reefs that can be found in places such as Virgin Islands and Biscayne national parks.

Where Can You Enjoy The Best Wildlife Experiences In the National Park System?

Here at the Traveler we put our heads together to come up with a list of where best to watch wildlife in the National Park System. We're sure you can help us grow this list.

Birding in the National Parks: Down The Park Road Towards Flamingo in Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park offers some of the best birding in the National Park System, but you need to be alert for the hazards -- gators, poisonous snakes, mosquitoes, and sharp, slippery rocks, as Kirby Adams discovered.

National Park Quiz 96: Ringer V

Nine of the first ten questions in this quiz are true. Can you tell which one is false? You might want to try the two bonus questions too.

Groups Urge National Park Service To Block Transmission Lines Along Everglades National Park

A proposal to string a ribbon of high-voltage power lines along the edge of Everglades National Park is being met with strong opposition from a number of groups that want the Interior Department and Park Service to reject the request and purchase the land it would traverse.
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Birding in the National Parks: Spotting Vultures And Anhinga Along the Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park

Though it's a magnet for visitors to Everglades National Park, enduring the crowds along the Anhinga Trail is worth it if you're hoping to spot black vultures, anhingas, and a nice variety of herons.

"State of Birds" Report Points To Value of National Parks, Other Public Lands For Birds

The Interior Department's 2011 "State of the Birds" report focuses on the importance that national parks, and other public landscapes, provide for hundreds of bird species.

National Park Mystery Plant 19 Revealed

Eight words in two odd sentences contained all the information you needed.

Summer Special: Paddling in the National Parks

Great paddling adventures are ready to be had in the National Park System, whether you intend to spend just a few hours or a week or more on the water. Here's a look at some great choices for where to dip a paddle.

National Park Mystery Plant 18 Revealed

Once you put it together, you can see that it's really very simple.

Is The Florida Panther Up Next For Extinction?

With word last week that the Eastern cougar has been declared extinct by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, it leaves just one native panther species alive in the East -- the Florida panther that resides in Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park.
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Florida Court Rules Against Plan That Would Have Placed Big Box Store Next to Everglades National Park

A Florida court has ruled against a plan that would have allowed a big-box home improvement store to be built on wetlands near Everglades National Park, according to the National Parks Conservation Association.

Updated: National Park Service Budget Would Grow by $138 Million Under President's FY12 Proposal

President Obama's FY12 budget request, if approved by Congress, would give the National Park Service a $2.9 billion budget, an increase of nearly $138 million above current funding levels.

Traveler's View: The National Park Service Failed Its Mission With Plan For Addition Lands at Big Cypress National Preserve

Faced with a wondrous opportunity to truly preserve a large swath of Florida still bearing wilderness characteristics, one that can play a critical role in the recovery of North America's most endangered mammal, the National Park Service instead looked the other way.
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Design A Logo For the Everglades Foundation And Pocket $15,000

Who couldn't use an extra $15,000? You could pocket that much, or come away with a new laptop, if you design a winning logo for the Everglades Foundation.

Watching Climate Change Across the National Park System

Across the National Park System many changes are expected from climate change, from more wildfires and vanishing glaciers to invasions of non-native species and flight of long-term residents. Writer/photographer Michael Lanza, concerned that today's park landscapes will change significantly by the time his young kids are his age, has been touring the park system with his family to show his children what they might miss later in life.

Slough Slogs, Croc Talks and Nike Missile Tours at Everglades National Park

The winter months bring the "dry season" to Everglades National Park, and that means more favorable conditions for hiking, boating and other outdoor activities. The park's winter schedule for guided ranger programs is underway, and they include Slough Slogs, Croc Talks, Nike Missile Tours and a host of other great activities.

Electricity Comes To Flamingo Campground in Everglades National Park

There's still no lodge to head into at day's end at Flamingo in Everglades National Park, but there soon will be electrical hookups at the campground there.

Report Lists 10 U.S. Ecosystems Whose Species Are Most-Threatened By Climate Change

A new report names the 10 ecosystems in the United States whose species are most-threatened by climate change. Among the parks included in those ecosystems are Yellowstone, Everglades, and Yosemite.
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