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Volunteers Can Help Count Humpback Whales At Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Visitors and residents are drawn to Hawaii for many reasons, but the chance to see and help count humpback whales may not be one that comes immediately to mind. On three Saturdays this winter, volunteers are encouraged to help in an annual project at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and others sites around the islands to monitor and count these impressive mammals.
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Five Aspects Of Acadia National Park To Consider On Your Next Visit

Acadia National Park seems like a pretty straightforward adventure for park travelers. Arrive in Bar Harbor. Drive, or ride the Island Explorer, down the loop road, and get off for some overlooks and a hike or two. Resist the urge to run with the pack. Here are five aspects of visiting Acadia that shouldn't be overlooked.
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Birding In The National Parks: How Do Birds Fare During A Polar Vortex?

Thanks to what was described as a “drunken” meander of the jet stream last week, much of North America experienced some the coldest weather seen in many years. At Voyageurs National Park, the temperature dipped to -42°F the morning of January 3rd , followed by daily highs of -17°F and -19°F on the 5th and 6th. That’s deadly cold to an improperly prepared human. It’s not all that fun even for cold-adapted mammals like moose.
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Climbing And Canyoneering Plan Approved For Arches National Park

As more of us find different and sometimes new ways to explore and enjoy national parks, our impacts sometimes require regulations to ensure things don't get out of hand. That's the case at Arches National Park, where officials have received the go-ahead to implement their climbing and canyoneering management plan.
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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Looks At Preservation Needs Of 19th Century Buildings

Back in 2008 the National Park Service was given two gold-rush era buildings at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Site to help tell the story of one of the greatest prospecting runs in history. Now the agency is mulling what it will take to preserve the Meyer Building and the YMCA building in Skagway, Alaska.
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Around The Parks: Ice Bridges At Isle Royale, Sea Turtle Record At Dry Tortugas, Scotty's Castle Delays

Watching Lake Superior ice at Isle Royale National Park, counting sea turtles at Dry Tortugas National Park, and road work woes for Scotty's Castle visitors at Death Valley National Park are just some of the other stories around the National Park System this week.
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Longest-Held Vietnam War POW To Appear At Andersonville National Historic Site

Though Andersonville National Historic site in Georgia rose up around a Civil War-era prisoner of war camp, it also holds the National Prisoner of War Museum and is the only site in the National Park System that serves as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. As such, it will welcome the longest-held American POW from the Vietnam War on January 18 to discuss his recent biography.
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Plowshares Into Swords – The Story Behind A Cannon At Saratoga National Historical Park

The National Park Service manages dozens of sites of famous battles, and although every area has a unique story, many of them have something in common: cannons. You may find them perched on redoubts, still facing a long-vanquished enemy, or resting sedately inside a museum, and perhaps you've wondered how all that ordnance managed to survive for all these years.
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Slow Start To Winter Snowpack Raising Concerns At Yosemite National Park - And All Of California

Winter snows may have arrived in abundance in parts of the country, but it's a different story so far in California, where the first snow survey of the season has already raised concerns for the coming summer. At Yosemite National Park, skiers have more immediate concerns, with the Badger Pass Ski Area not yet open for the season.
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Interesting Topic In Traveler's Forums For All You Members...

For all Traveler members, there's an interesting topic in the forums that we'd love to have your thoughts on. A 74-year-old man died snowshoeing at nearly 10,000 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park. Should he have known better to snowshoe at that elevation at his age, or was it entirely fitting that he was doing something he loved in a place he loved when he died?
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Five Aspects Of Canyonlands National Park To Consider On Your Next Visit

It's so easy to do a windshield tour of Canyonlands National Park by driving up onto the Island in the Sky District and through the Needles District. But here are five reasons why you should do a little more exploring in the park that preserves a wondrous slice of Utah's canyon country.
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Enjoy Rocky Mountain National Park On Snowshoes, Skis, Sleds And More

Rocky Mountain National Park includes some top-tier scenery and opportunities for enjoying the out-of-doors all year long, and some fans of the park say winter is their favorite season at "Rocky." Upcoming activities in the park include ranger-led snowshoe walks, cross-country ski tours and full moon walks, and areas for winter camping and sledding are also available.
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What Must The National Park Service Do To Improve Its Web Presence?

The Internet is the currency of the media world these days, with smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops tied into it to get the latest news and information. While the National Park Service is promoting its social media tools, and has greatly improved its websites in recent months, there still are some weak links.
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