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The latest news from around the National Park System.

Birding In The National Parks: Looking For Birds And Encountering Bears

There are good times to go birding in Eastern forests and times that are less than ideal. I won’t say the birding is ever “bad,” because even if there aren’t any birds, a walk in the woods is never a bad thing. Still, if seeing tons of birds and hearing beautiful songs is on your agenda, avoid August. Head to the beaches to see shorebird migration.
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Wildfires Growing In Grand Teton, Yellowstone National Parks

Gusting winds, low humidity levels, and warm temperatures are combining to push wildfires in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks across more and more acreage, with one fire in Yellowstone approaching 23,000 acres in size. None of the fires was threatening structures or impacting visitors, according to park officials.
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Unveiling 54th Regiment Walkway At New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment was one of the first federally recognized African American regiments that fought in the Civil War with an enlistment station for Company C adjacent to the U.S. Custom House in downtown New Bedford. More than 60 men from New Bedford enlisted in Company C or other Companies of the 54th Regiment. A brick walkway with the names of New Bedford men enlisted with the 54th Regiment will be unveiled and dedicated to this accomplished and determined group of men on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Custom House Square, downtown New Bedford, just steps away from where the recruiting station was once located.
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Rustic Architecture At Mount Rainier National Park

From entrance arches and rock bridges to curving roads and rustic buildings, Mount Rainier National Park was designed with the visitor experience in mind. The park’s historic buildings and roads represent the development of a style of architecture, called "National Park Service Rustic," that has shaped the design of parks throughout the country.
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Yellowstone National Park Fisheries Experts Keeping Eye On Fish-Killing Parasite In Montana

A parasite responsible for what Montana officials are calling an "unprecedented fish kill" in the Yellowstone River north of Yellowstone National Park has not been seen in the river inside the park and at this time no fishing closures have been ordered inside the park.
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Report On Effigy Mounds National Monument Points To A Service-Wide Problem With Cultural Resources

Buried towards the bottom of a 50-page report examining how managers of Effigy Mounds National Monument could have cast aside concerns of archaeological resources in a site rich with them and which was established to protect them was a disturbing admission: the National Park Service as a whole is dysfunctional when it comes to cultural resources management.
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Mesa Verde National Park's Cliff Palace To Be Temporarily Closed Next Week

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado will be temporarily closed next Tuesday and Wednesday for technical rock scaling work to remove lose rock fragments from the alcove. There will not be any ranger-guided tours of the world famous cliff dwelling Palace during the closure.
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Yosemite National Park Expands American Sign Language Services

Yosemite National Park expands the American Sign Language Program offered to Deaf and hearing impaired visitors. The park's Deaf services program offers trip planning, park orientation at the visitor center, and interpretive services for Deaf and hearing impaired visitors. The program also focuses on employee training in Deaf/disability awareness and outreach to the Deaf community.
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