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Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park

This past winter saw an earlier-than-usual decline in snowpack on Yellowstone National Park roads, one that forced the park to shut down access to some snowmobilers and snowcoaches. While some might write that off to simply an unseasonal winter, record-keeping in the park shows less snow is falling there and that in some parts of Yellowstone the once-typical Rocky Mountain winter is much shorter than it used to be.
The Galápagos: A Natural History For Charles Darwin, the Galapagos Islands off the Ecuadoran coast kindled the spark of evolution in his mind. Ever since that time these islands, and their unique flora and fauna, have captivated visitors. This curiosity, sparked by the plants and animals, even played a passing movie role in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, a 2003 film starring Russell Crowe as captain of a British warship during the Napoleonic wars.

Sun King's Solo Solar Light Chases Away The Dark

Solar chargers are one of the big product categories these days in outdoor products. This lightweight, easy to use, long lasting solar light works just great.

Obama Administration Passes On National Parks In DOT's "Grow America" Plan

Despite the Obama Administration's drive to expand the National Park System, and with $11.5 billion in backlogged maintenance needs in the parks, the administration overlooked the National Park Service when putting together its $478 billion "Grow America" plan for improving the nation's infrastructure.

National Park Service Director Sees Value In Adding Waco Mammoth Site To Park System

In an unusual public statement, National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis has spoken highly of adding the Waco Mammoth site in Texas to the National Park System.

Spring Coming Early To Olympic National Park, But Still Some Things Visitors Need To Know

While spring is showing up a bit earlier than usual at Olympic National Park, visitors trying to get a jump on the high season need to be aware of a few things out in the park.

National Park Service Sued Over Potential For Grizzly Deaths At Grand Teton National Park

Human encroachment, elk feedlots, and climate change increasing are puttin pressure on the survival of grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, and the annual elk reduction hunt at Grand Teton National Park is an unnecessary stressor that is impacting the bears' survival in the ecosystem, according to a lawsuit filed against the National Park Service, Interior Department, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Colorado River At Grand Canyon National Park Called "America's Most Endangered River"

In many situations organizations from sports teams to corporations strive to earn the distinction of being named "Number One in the country." That's not the case, however, when it comes to a list of America's Most Endangered Rivers, and the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park has unfortunately earned that label on a just-released annual report.

Birding In The National Parks: Birding By Impression

Experienced birders tend to do things that make them look like wizards to beginners. One of the things that often both impresses and confounds the neophyte is an expert’s ability to catch a glance of a back-lit bird flying out of a tree or a shorebird standing by a pond a half-mile away and nail the identification seemingly without thought. For better or worse, there’s no magic involved. What the experienced birder is doing is birding by impression.

Volunteers Sought For Alum Cave Trail Rehab At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you'd like to help with work to rehab to Alum Cave Trail at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, volunteers are now being recruited for that project, with work occurring on Wednesdays run from May 20 through October 28, 2015.

Music Of The Mountains Festival Coming To Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will hold its 11th annual “Music of the Mountains” celebration April 17-19 with a mix of music that harkens to the "Old-Time" music that long has reverberated through the mountains.

Mountainsmith's Tour FX Camera Bag Is Big Enough

This lumbar pack is big enough for the essentials, but won't make you walk like Quasimodo.

Youth Crew Restores Historic Trail Connection at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

A popular hike at Lake Mead National Recreation follows a former railroad grade associated with the construction of Hoover Dam in the 1930s. Thanks to work by a youth trail crew, visitors now have an additional option for accessing the Historic Railroad Trail: a 0.3-mile spur connecting the Railroad Trail to the Hoover Dam Lodge parking area.

Limited Mountain Biking Possible In Rocky Mountain National Park

A long-standing prohibition against mountain biking in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park will be lifted – just a little – in the next few months.

Rescues In Two Parks Illustrate Value Of Helicopters In Remote Area Emergencies

Modern technology, including cell phones and helicopters, can be a mixed blessing when emergencies occur in remote locations in parks. The downside is some people will expect quick results when things go awry, and due to weather, terrain or other factors, cell phones don't always work, and helicopters aren't always available. When everything comes together, however, those modern devices can make a big difference for rescuers and victims alike.

Tune Up Your Fiddles And Mandolins For The Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival

Rosin up your bow and tune your mandolin, for the Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival is coming to Homestead National Monument of America.

April Fools' Spoofs Offer Creative Fodder For National Park Fans

The growth of both photo editing software and social media sites such as Facebook have provided a fertile field for April Fools spoofs on a variety of subject, including national parks Here are just a few examples for your reading and viewing pleasure.

Parks Canada CEO Honored By George Wright Society For Excellence

Alan Latourelle, chief executive officer of Parks Canada since 2002, has been honored with the George Melendez Wright Award for Excellence during the George Wright Society's biennial conference.

National Parks Traveler Honored By George Wright Society

Kurt Repanshek, founder and editor-in-chief of National Parks Traveler, the top-ranked website dedicated to daily editorial coverage of national parks, has been awarded the George Wright Society’s Communication Award for 2014.

Find Your Park: The Lead Up To The National Park Service Centennial

"Find Your Park," the marketing campaign tied to the celebration of the National Park Service's 100th birthday, is being rolled out from coast-to-coast this week as individual parks invite you to not only connect with your favorite national park unit but also relate your favorite stories about that park.