Biologists To Fit Moose, Wolves at Voyageurs National Park With GPS Collars

With hopes of learning more about the lives of moose and wolves, and whether climate change is impacting them, technicians at Voyageurs National Park will be fitting six moose and two gray wolves with GPS collars.

Birding in The National Parks: Bald Eagles No Longer A Ghost Bird in the National Parks

I lowered my binoculars and muttered, “Oh, it’s just another eagle.” With that statement I recognized a few years ago that I officially had started taking Bald Eagles for granted.

House GOP Expected To Resume Push To Exempt Border Patrol From Environmental Laws Across National Parks

When Congress returns to Washington later this month, watch for Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee to resume a push to exempt the Border Patrol from a wide variety of environmental and National Park Service regulations.

NPCA Opens Office In St. Paul, Minnesota

The National Parks Conservation Association, which operates a number of offices across the country to stay on top of national park issues, has opened an office in St. Paul, Minnesota, to keep an eye on parks in the Upper Midwest.

A Potpourri of Suggestions For Visiting The National Park System This Winter

Just because winter is on its way and the weather is turning gray and colder, that doesn't mean there aren't great places to enjoy in the National Park System. Here are some random suggestions.

Group Formulating Plan To Promote Voyageurs National Park to the World

A non-profit organization, Destination Voyageurs National Park, is working to promote the wonders of the national park to far-flung audiences that might not be aware of the park.

By the Numbers: Voyageurs National Park

This northern Minnesota park's waterway system, consisting of four large island-studded lakes connected by narrows, was once the route of the French-Canadian voyageurs. A large peninsula with a glaciated, boreal forest landscape completes the ensemble.

Eight Campsites Closed Due to Nesting Eagles In Voyageurs National Park Now Open for Business

With a critical point in bald eagle nesting having passed, a handful of campsites in Voyageurs National Park that had been closed due to the birds have reopened for visitors, according to park officials.

75 Bald Eagle Nests Spotted In Voyageurs National Park, 37 With Eggs Being Incubated

The annual count of bald eagle nests in Voyageurs National Park has tallied 75 nests, although only 37 of them were seen with adults incubating eggs, according to park officials.

Voyageurs National Park Rebuilding Rock Wall At Ellsworth Rock Gardens

If you've ever wondered how to build a drylaid stone wall, plan to visit Voyageurs National Park in mid-July when a master stone mason will show you how while rebuilding a wall at the Ellsworth Rock Gardens.

National Park Quiz 91: Hearts

Our quiz theme this month is apropos of February-the-Valentine- month. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we'll make you buy the quizmeister a big box of chocolates. Cream centers.

Warm Up to Ice Fishing at Voyageurs National Park

Think ice fishing is little more than cutting a hole in the ice and dropping a line into the water? To learn some of the nuances, plan to visit Voyageurs National Park later this month for some tips from a pro.

More Voyageurs National Park Moose To be Collared For Climate Change, Population Research

They collar moose at Voyageurs National Park. And by doing this, biologists and ecologists can learn not only how the animals are coping with warming weather related to climate change, but how different land-management techniques affect them.
Paddle North: Canoeing the Boundary Waters-Quetico Wilderness If you prefer the steady dip of a paddle over a footstep down a path, a new book about canoeing from Greg Breining is a book of dreams.

End of Summer Season Coming For Mount Rainier, Voyageurs National Parks and Cedar Breaks National Monument

If you live near, or can travel to, Mount Rainier or Voyageurs national parks, or Cedar Breaks National Monument, for one last fall fling, now's the time to do it.

National Park Hospitality Association Wants More Lodging In The Parks

There are units of the National Park System, such as Canyonlands, North Cascades, and Great Smoky Mountains national parks, just to name three, that have little or no lodging within their borders. It's just such a lack of facilities, believes Derrick Crandall, that serves as a drag on visitation to the park system.
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National Geographic's Trails Illustrated Division Ships New Maps on Great Smoky, Voyageurs National Parks

Maps are wonderful things to have, even if you do no more with them than pull them out, ponder over them for a while, and then return them to safe storage. New releases from National Geographic's Trails Illustrated division give you more reason to dream about exploring the National Park System.

Popular Junior Ranger Program is Expanding to Add "Let's Move Outside" Activities

The popular Junior Ranger Program, which lets kids earn a patch, badge, certificate or similar award for completing activities in many national parks, is expanding to include Let's Move Outside, which encourages physical activity for youngsters. The program is now underway in 36 parks, with more being added before summer's end.

Help Friends Groups Help the National Parks

Throughout the year my mailbox is filled with solicitations from various causes, among them national park-related events and projects. Here's a look at just some of the latest you might consider giving to.

Bald Eagle Nesting in Voyageurs National Park Leads to Temporary Closures

Some portions of Voyageurs National Park have been placed off-limits, temporarily, to give nesting bald eagles a little peace and quiet while they raise their broods.

Voyageurs National Park To Have New Headquarters Complex In 2011

Planning is under way to land the staff at Voyageurs National Park a new headquarters facility at International Falls, Minnesota, next year.

National Park Quiz 80: Water

All of these statements about National Park System water bodies are true except one. Can you find the ringer? The answer and explanations are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “If there is any magic on this planet, it is water.”

Voyageuers National Park Officials Mulling Reservation and Fee System for Campsites

A reservation and fee system is being considered in Voyageurs National Park for 17 campsites on the interior of the Kabetogama Peninsula. Park officials are taking public comment on the proposal through May 1.

Ice Roads Offer a Unique Way to See Voyageurs National Park during the Winter

Vehicles on the ice road
During most of the year, if you want to really see Voyageurs National Park you'll need a boat. Nearly a third of the area in the park is water, but during the winter months in northern Minnesota, that water definitely changes character. Until the weather begins to warm, you can drive your car near several islands via the park's ice roads.

A Look at Some More Somewhat Unusual Lodges in the National Park System

If you're looking for a national park lodge that isn't on everybody's tongue, you might want to consider one of the following.

Voyageurs National Park Biologists Looking For a Few Good Moose to Collar For Climate-Change Studies

If all goes as expected, 14 moose that roam Voyageurs National Park soon will be wearing the latest in radio-collar technology. Not only will the collars track the animals' movements, but they're expected to shed some light on how the moose are reacting to climate change, as they'll also keep tabs on the air temperature wherever the moose roam.

They Teach How To Lace Snowshoes At Voyageurs National Park

Most snowshoes made these days have decking made out of Hypalon, a synthetic rubber fabric. But if you head to Voyageurs National Park in late January, you can be schooled in the art of lacing snowshoes the old-fashioned way, with rawhide.

Ice In Voyageurs National Park Is Getting Thick, But Not Enough To Safely Support Travelers

Ahhh, you know winter is almost at full force when the folks at Voyageurs National Park start issuing advisories on ice conditions in the park.

Voyageurs National Park Slowly Working to Acquire Inholdings

Across the National Park System there are millions of privately held acres that fall within the boundaries of national parks. Recently, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area was able to acquire one small parcel that otherwise might have been developed. Voyageurs National Park is just one other example where efforts are ongoing to acquire inholdings.