The Latest News & Views

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

  • They really do have a rare bird at Channel Islands National Park: For the first time in a century biologists have spotted California Common Murre chicks on one of the park's islands.

    The hatchlings were spotted in July on Prince Island, an islet next to San Miguel Island, and marked the first time since 1912 that Murre (Uria aalge californica) chicks ha

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

  • The National Park Service and the Garden Club of America recently renewed a formal partnership based on conservation and management of native plants.

    “The Garden Club of America has supported national parks and the National Park Service since before there was a National Park Service and the formal renewal of this partnership will serve us well into the future," noted Park Service Director Jonat

Friday, August 12th, 2011

  • Despite a very rainy Saturday that could have changed the BIG DIG into the BIG DELUGE, the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail attracted volunteers from across North Carolina and recently came very close to finishing the Blue Ridge Parkway portion of the trail from the Great Smokies to the Outer Banks.

  • Stories of the fierce fighting at Gettysburg during the Civil War continue to emerge 148 years later.

  • More than 50 people who signed up for a scenic cruise on Lake Michigan near Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore got more than they bargained for when the vessel began to sink in high seas.

    Fortunately, no one was seriously injured, though the U.S. Coast Guard joined the National Park Service in rescuing the passengers.