The Latest News & Views

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

  • The classic picture of an owl is typically one associated with Halloween: large, nocturnal creatures with wide eyes and a wise mind. With Halloween here, it’s the perfect time to take a look into a lesser-known owl species that can be found in some national parks: the burrowing owl.

  • Winter snows pile up deep in Rocky Mountain National Park, where the season is celebrated not only in front of a roaring fire, but also out on skis and snowshoes exploring the snowscape.

  • Last week I had an opportunity to tour part of Manassas National Battlefield Park with my brother, and couldn't help but scan the landscape and try to envision the fighting that went on there during the Civil War.

    The same can be said of my previous visits to Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and Petersburg National Battlefield.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

  • A search for a missing backpacker in Kings Canyon National Park moved into its seventh day Tuesday, though so far the efforts have failed to turn up any trace of the man.

    Larry Conn, a 53-year-old Pacific Palisades, California, resident, failed to return from a weekend trek last Monday as expected. He was reported overdue Tuesday, and the active search got under way on October 24.


  • Sunrise today showed deep, heavy snow in national parks in the Appalachians, flooding along coastal and barrier island parks, and waves towering more than two stories along some lakeshores farther inland.

    Those scenarios were just some of the aftermath from "Superstorm Sandy," which was continuing to assault the eastern third of the nation this morning.