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Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

  • A University of Maine student working her way up a section of the Precipice Trail in Acadia National Park was killed when she slipped and fell about 60 feet.

    The trail that climbs up the cliffsides of Champlain Mountain is one of the most demanding in the park, and possibly within the entire National Park System, because

  • In the past few months, I’ve mentioned some topics that inevitably spawn good-natured debate among birders. Is 8x or 10x magnification for binoculars a better choice? Are photographic or painted field guides more useful?

    We’ll debate those topics ad nauseum if allowed to, but it never comes to blows.

  • With the nation currently marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, a series of commemorative coins has been minted to track the conflict. And now there's a booklet where you can hold those coins.

    The nation was wrought with conflict 150 years ago, while the Union and Confederacy fought epic battles during the American Civil War.

Monday, July 30th, 2012

  • A search was under way Monday in Glacier National Park for a day hiker who failed to return from a hike on Saturday.

    Park officials say their dispatch office received a call Saturday night that Jakson Kreiser, a seasonal employee with Glacier Park, Inc., at Lake McDonald Lodge, was overdue from a day hike in the park.

  • Badlands comprise a great portion of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. But that doesn't mean they're lifeless lands.