As Winter Settles In, Seasonal Migrations Lend Interest to Wildlife Watching in America's National Parks

Seasonal migrations offer special opportunities to see wildlife herding and flocking, leaving, passing through, and arriving in our national parks.

Report: Climate Changes Could Batter Acadia National Park Economically, Environmentally

The latest of a running series of reports outlining how climate change could reshape national parks portrays economic and environmental impacts lashing at Acadia National Park and its surrounding communities. While the report's authors hope to catch the attention of Congress, they acknowledge that a groundswell of public concern might be necessary to convince politicians to act.

More Black-Footed Ferrets Call Wind Cave National Park Home

Another dozen black-footed ferrets now call Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota home, the result of plague preventing their release elsewhere in the West.

Marine Wilderness at a Crossroads In Point Reyes National Seashore

A big decision at Point Reyes National Seashore could strike at the core values of our national parks. To protect the West Coast’s only marine wilderness or to commercialize it – that is the choice that Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar must make as he considers the fate of Drakes Estero, an estuary within Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California.

Black Bear Put Down at Grand Teton National Park Due to Its Lodge Intrusions

A black bear that took too much of a liking for a lodge at Grand Teton National Park was put down by rangers because of its unhealthy interest in humans and their food.

Initial Necropsy Results on Killer Mountain Goat at Olympic National Park Unremarkable

A mountain goat that fatally gored a hiker in Olympic National Park was in the fevered state of rut, but otherwise seemed to be a healthy animal, according to necropsy results released Thursday.

Proposal For State-Federal Collaboration on Combating White-Nose Syndrome in Bats Out for Public Review

While state and federal authorities are developing a plan of attack for dealing with white-nose syndrome in bat populations, a non-profit organization is criticizing the federal government for moving too slowly on this growing problem.

More Bear Boxes Installed At Grand Teton National Park Campgrounds

One of the most comforting things you can find in your national park campground that lies within bear country is a metal box into which you can store your foodstuffs and cooking gear when you're not using it. And recent work in Grand Teton National Park means there's going to be quite a few more comfortable campers enjoying the park.

How Might Fatal Attack By Mountain Goat Change Backcountry Dynamics in National Parks?

Mountain goats have been described as "supreme mountaineers," can appear somewhat professorial in appearance with their goatees, and have uncanny agility. Now, in the tragic wake of a hiker being fatally gored in the Olympic National Park backcountry, some might also describe them as killers.

Portions of Skyline Drive In Shenandoah National Park To Be Closed At Night During Hunting Season

With hopes of cutting down on poaching, Shenandoah National Park officials will close portions of the Skyline Drive at night during Virginia's upcoming hunting season.

DNA Tests Indicate Yellowstone National Park Elk, Not Bison, Most Likely To Spread Brucellosis

While it's feared that bison in Yellowstone National may spread brucellosis to livestock in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, genetic studies indicate that elk are more likely to spread the disease.

Sharpshooters To Begin Culling Deer in Valley Forge National Historical Park in November

Barring a court order, shots will again ring out across the landscape of Valley Forge National Historical Park beginning in November as the National Park Service embarks on an effort to cull the park's white-tailed deer population.

In Race To Halt Spread of White-Nose Syndrome in Bats, USFWS Grants $1.6 Million For Research

In a race to contain, if not outright halt, the spread of white-nose syndrome in bats the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded roughly $1.6 million for research into the cause of the disease.

Fencing Will Prevent Elk From Heading into Wind Cave National Park During Hunting Season

Elk won't have Wind Cave National Park as a sanctuary from hunters for much longer, as crews are making progress on installing a fence to keep the ungulates out of the park during the fall hunt.

Great Gray Owls in Yosemite National Park Deemed to be Distinct Subspecies

A recent determination that the great gray owls that reside in and around Yosemite National Park are a distinct subspecies is additional evidence that national parks are great, and vital, preserves for wildlife. And it's proof that we still have much to learn about what resides in the parks.

Record Summer of Turtle Nesting at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Spawns....Debate

It's hard to believe an object similar in size, shape, and even color to a Ping-Pong ball could threaten a way of life. But for many who call the Outer Banks of North Carolina home, that's how they view sea turtle eggs, as threats to their enjoyment of Cape Hatteras National Seashore and, for some, even their livelihoods.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Latest Example of Biological Island

It's long been known, and feared, that habitat fragmentation can create biological islands that require heavy human intervention to prevent genetic dead-ends. That was the driver between the Yellowstone-to-Yukon initiative, the dilemma faced by the Florida panther, and now being displayed at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California.

Black Bear Cub Killed By Motorist in Grand Teton National Park

A black bear cub was hit and killed by a motorist in Grand Teton National Park this week, marking at least the fifth time this summer that a bear was hit by a vehicle, according to park officials.

Glacier National Park Officials Proposing To Improve Wildlife Viewing In Many Glacier Area

Glacier National Park is rich in wildlife -- ever been to Logan Pass? -- and most of it is readily visible. From bears to moose to mountain goats, the park is a haven for wildlife. Park officials now are proposing to make it easier to find that wildlife in the Many Glacier area.

All Was Not Lost When Loggerhead Turtle Determined to Nest at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Was Run Over

Photographs of a female loggerhead turtle that was run over on Cape Hatteras National Seashore back in June told a pretty grim story. Amazingly, though, after seashore biologists placed 92 of her eggs in a nest cavity, six continued their incubation and hatched.

Eat a Lionfish, Help National Parks, And Win Cash Prizes!

A series of lionfish fishing derbies is scheduled for the coming weeks with hopes the poisonous fish that is invading coastal national parks in Florida and the Virgin Islands can be cut down before it gains a significant foothold and impacts native fishes and corals.

Fall Spectacular: The Season of Love For Wildlife In Yellowstone

Wildlife watching in Yellowstone National Park takes on a bit of a voyeuristic flavor in the fall, as the park’s famed mega-fauna embark in the pursuit of romance during their annual ruts in an often public spectacle that rivals any of the drama on The Bachelor. Visitors can hear the loud thunderclap of bighorn sheep clashing, the raucous bugling of bull elk, or the deep grunting and bellowing of bison—all performed in pursuit of a mate or mates.

Fall Spectacular: What's That Sound? Where To Listen To -- And Look For -- Wildlife in the National Parks

In the fall, animals and birds prepare for winter. Bears eat constantly to fatten up before they slow down. Many birds are already on their migration path. Elk and other ungulates are preparing for the mating ritual, the rut. Take a look -- or stop and listen -- in many national parks this Fall and you'll catch a glimpse of this autumnal spectacular.

Fall Spectacular: Elk Once Again Bugle In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A male elk ambles through the field checking his harem. He sidles up to each cow and sniffs her rump. Raising his massive rack of antlers, he sees two young bucks, chases them out of the field, and resumes his inspection. He lifts his face to the sky and bugles – a loud, mournful sound that resounds throughout the area. Bugling tells females he’s here and warns other males to stay away.

Are Wolves Effective In Keeping Elk From Overbrowsing Aspen in Yellowstone National Park? Apparently Not

When wolf packs were successfully returned to Yellowstone National Park back in the mid-1990s, they were followed by droves of scientists and researchers keen on learning how the predators might impact the rest of the park's wild kingdom.

Researchers To Begin 37th Year of Grizzly Bear Research in Yellowstone National Park

Grizzly bear studies in Yellowstone National Park will become a bit more intense in the coming weeks as wildlife biologists head into the backcountry to trap bears and gather data.

Excavations of Sea Turtle Nests Draw a Crowd at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Efforts to protect sea turtle nests at Cape Hatteras National Seashore have been controversial in some quarters, but the work is paying off. So far this year, a record 151 nests have been recorded, and once the eggs have hatched, the nest is excavated for further study. The public is welcome to watch the process, and it's been a crowd pleaser.

Trout Unlimited Joins With National Park Service to Remove Diversion Dam near Grand Teton National Park

For four decades the Spread Creek Dam has blocked the migratory route of a unique species of cutthroat trout in waters that flow into Grand Teton National Park. That's all about to change thanks to a partnership between Trout Unlimited and the National Park Service.

Bears Lost Ironic Advocate in Jim Cole

Jim Cole has been on my mind again. The photo you see here is one I took not long ago a few steps from my computer keyboard. 2010 was to be Cole’s big summer for reaching a wider audience.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Ready to Remove "Experimental" Tag From Elk Herd

After nine years of nurturing an elk herd, biologists at Great Smoky Mountains National Park believe they can remove the "experiemental" tag from the herd and develop a long-term management program for it.