"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.

Updated: Wildfire Kills Four Florida Panther Kittens in Big Cypress National Preserve

Neither efforts by crews to remove brushy fuels nor water drops from helicopters could save a litter of four Florida panther kittens from dying in a wildfire sweeping across Big Cypress National Preserve.

Two-Year Study Into Harlequin Ducks In Glacier National Park Getting Under Way

A two-year study into how harlequin ducks use Glacier National Park waters is getting under way with a goal of identifying factors that can boost nest success and chick survival.

Some In Congress Urge National Park Service To Find Solution for Yellowstone National Park Bison

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis is being urged by a handful of congressional representatives to push for a solution to Yellowstone National Park's bison problem.
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Kemp's Ridley Turtle Nesting Season Off To Good Start At Padre Island National Seashore

Relatively small in size, and easily camouflaged in the beach sand, the Kemp's ridley sea turtle didn't come ashore at Padre Island National Seashore to bask in the sun, but rather to lay her clutch of eggs and retreat to the Gulf of Mexico in less than an hour.

How Stable Is The Future Of Isle Royale National Park's Wolf Population?

Inbreeding, gender woes, and even climate change could be conspiring to doom the future of Isle Royale National Park's wolf population.

White-Nose Syndrome Confirmed In Bats At New River Gorge National River

Another unit of the National Park System has detected white-nose syndrome in its bat populations.

Yellowstone National Park Bison Gain Winter Access to 75,000 Acres in Montana

An agreement being hailed as historic by some will give Yellowstone National Park bison access to 75,000 acres of land in Montana during winters, although the agreement doesn't preclude the iconic animals from being hunted or shot for going too far north of the park.

Mammoth Cave National Park Officials Taking Added Precautions Against White-Nose Syndrome

White-nose syndrome, a deadly disease that's spreading through bat colonies in the eastern half of the United States, has been detected in Kentucky, prompting officials at Mammoth Cave National Park to step up their safeguards against the disease.

Stripping ESA Protections From Northern Rockies Wolf Packs Could Harm Yellowstone National Park Wolves

Yellowstone National Park wolves, which have brought balance to the park's ecosystem and tens of millions of dollars to its surrounding communities, could find themselves targeted by hunters if an amendment attached to the latest Continuing Resolution remains intact.

Latest Studies On Yellowstone National Park's Wolf Packs Shows Stable Population

In a recent interview, contributing writer Beth Pratt and Doug Smith, who leads the Wolf Project in Yellowstone National Park, talked about wolves, elk, climate change, and the Endangered Species list.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Proves Attractive Nesting Grounds For Unusual Turtle

Turtles nesting on the beaches of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is not an unusual occurrence, although when the species in question is an olive ridley turtle the event generates significant attention.

Return of Piping Plovers Means Restrictions on Kites, Dogs at Cape Cod National Seashore

Dogs and kite-flying are being restricted at some Cape Cod National Seashore beaches due to the annual arrival of piping plovers in search of breeding grounds.

Watching Whales at Redwood National And State Parks

March can be a great time to spot migrating whales off the coast of Redwood National and State Parks, and to help you spy them rangers will be on hand Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays through the end of March to help you sight the leviathans.

Seasonal Guidelines Instituted To Protect Nesting Shorebirds...At Gulf Islands National Seashore

Though it might seem the only stories about nesting shorebirds in the national parks revolve around Cape Hatteras National Seashore, there are nesting shorebirds at Gulf Islands National Seashore, too, and officials are implementing seasonal guidelines to protect them.

Groups Announce Intent To Sue Over Big Cypress National Preserve ORV Plan

A coalition of groups has announced its intention to sue the National Park Service over the off-road vehicle plan approved for the Addition lands in Big Cypress National Preserve.
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Are We Nearing The Day When Yellowstone National Park Allows A Bison Hunt Inside Its Boundaries?

How far removed are we from the day when bison are hunted inside Yellowstone National Park to better manage their numbers? Montana's governor thinks that's a reasonable solution to prevent the spread of brucellosis from park bison to Montana cattle.

Eagles Released In Theodore Roosevelt National Park After Rehabbing From Injuries

Two golden eagles and one bald eagle that have been undergoing rehabilitation at a zoo are scheduled to be released into Theodore Roosevelt National Park on Thursday.

Grizzly Bears Starting to Stir In Yellowstone National Park

Strong evidence that spring is nearby has been found in a series of grizzly bear tracks in the interior of Yellowstone National Park.

Wind Cave National Park Elk Capture Scheduled to Start Thursday

As long as the weather allows, crews will head into Wind Cave National Park on Thursday and Friday if necessary to round up 35 elk and fit them with radio collars so their movements can be monitored.

Federal Judge Refuses To Block Yellowstone National Park Bison From Being Slaughtered

Holding that Yellowstone National Park bison should not be allowed to "reproduce prolifically beyond the capacity of its range," a federal judge ruled Monday that he would not stop park bison that roamed into Montana from being slaughtered.
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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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Bison, Pine Nuts, Trout and Grizzlies: Perfect Storm For Yellowstone National Park's Wildlife Managers?

Yellowstone National Park's northern range at times has been labeled "America's Serengeti" for the rich and diverse wildlife that inhabits it. But today, with native trout imperiled by non-native predators, whitebark pine trees at risk of climate change, and bison being cut off from valuable winter habitat and at times slaughtered, is the ecosystem unraveling?

Olympic National Park, Tribes to Continue Study of Kokanee Salmon in Lake Crescent

Are the kokanee salmon in Lake Crescent at Olympic National Park a genetically unique population that dates back several thousand years to when the lake was formed, or are they progeny of hatchlings released nearly a century ago?

Nesting Peregrine Falcons Lead To Trail Closures At Big Bend National Park

Some temporary trail closures have been implemented at Big Bend National Park to give nesting peregrine falcons some peace and quiet.

Wildlife Experts Joining Calls Of Alarm Over White-Nose Syndrome In Bats

With traces of white-nose syndrome in bat colonies being found further and further west of the Northeast where it was first documented, more and more concern is being raised over the disease's potential to decimate bat species.

Will This Be Remembered As Our Preamble To Losing The Wolverine?

Are we willing to stand idly by while the wolverine heads down the path of the dodo, the carrier pigeon, and the Caspian tiger?

Roundup of Nearly 300 Yellowstone National Park Bison, With Some Destined For Slaughter, Draws Condemnation

Hopes for tolerance of migratory Yellowstone National Park bison by Montana officials seemed to unravel this week, as the park's tortuous winter drove hundreds of bison out of the park. While they were quickly rounded up, some appear headed to slaughter.

Several Hundred Bison Hazed Into Capture Facility At Yellowstone National Park

Perhaps sensing a drastic change in the weather, roughly 300 bison left Yellowstone National Park during the weekend and headed to lower ground in Montana, where they were met Monday by hazers who forced them back into the park and into a "capture facility."

Adopt A Wolf And Help Yellowstone Park Foundation Support Wildlife Projects in Yellowstone National Park

It takes a lot of resources, both in terms of dollars and personnel, to manage the wildlife resources of Yellowstone National Park. You can help with that effort by "adopting" a wolf through the Yellowstone Park Foundation.