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Birding In The National Parks: Don't Let The Dog Days Of Summer Discourage You

The dog days of summer are upon us and the birding is slow in most parts of the country. While summer breeding season has ended in many areas, fall migration for songbirds is still at least a couple weeks away. Still, there’s good birding to be had during these popular vacation times in the national parks.

Bipartisan Request To National Park Service: What Are You Doing About Sexual Harassment And Misconduct?

Concerned that the National Park Service is not taking adequate steps to root out sexual harassment and misconduct in the Service, members of Congress have asked National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis to provide three reports from more than a decade ago that looked into the problems so they can "understand NPS's response to sexual harassment and misconduct."
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Trails I've Hiked: Johnston Canyon At Banff National Park

In a park known for its majestic peaks and brilliant lakes, perhaps the most enchanting trail in Banff National Park clings to a canyon above a curving, crystal-clear river with a handful of picturesque plunges just 15 miles west of Banff townsite. Johnston Canyon, one of the area’s most popular hikes, features a pair of large waterfalls along with a handful of smaller cascades as Johnston Creek carves its way through the limestone walls.

New Boathouses, Docks Proposed To Improve Recreation, Access Along Potomac River

In an effort to provide more recreational opportunities such as rowing, paddling, and stand-up paddleboarding, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park and Rock Creek Park are proposing development of multiple facilities to improve access to the Potomac River in the Georgetown area of the District of Columbia.

Did Someone Borrow The National Park Service Centennial Logo On The Way To The Democratic National Convention?

Perhaps it was a case of design envy, or maybe the easiest way out, or simply the obvious approach in the first centennial of the 21st century, but did you happen to notice the striking similarity between the National Park Service Centennial logo and that of the Democratic National Convention?

De-Mist-Ifying The Fog Of Golden Gate National Recreation Area: Five Fun Facts

The image of quintessential San Francisco isn’t complete without the looming fog gliding over the Golden Gate Bridge like a cold blanket ready to hug the warmth out of the city. Sure, it may affect visibility and can make summer feel like winter—especially in August, aka “Fogust”—but it is beloved nonetheless. Here are some foggy facts to “de-mist-ify” this local weather phenomenon.

19th Annual Cody Ice Festival Coming To Yellowstone Country

With much of the country currently locked in high summer heat, why not think about cooler and colder winter temperatures? If you're planning to visit Yellowstone National Park next winter, you might consider scheduling your trip to coincide with the 19th Annual Cody Ice Festival scheduled for Feb. 10 – 12, 2017, in Cody, Wyoming.

Smithsonian Photo Exhibition Celebrates Park Service’s Centennial

A visit to Washington, D.C., yields a glimpse into the nation’s history, much of it preserved by the National Park Service at the National Mall and Memorial Parks. Park lovers will have extra incentive to visit through next August, as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will honor the Park Service’s centennial with a new photography exhibit.

National Park Service Sued Over Oil Exploration At Big Cypress National Preserve

A National Park Service decision to allow for oil exploration in Big Cypress National Preserve on Wednesday drew a lawsuit from a coalition of environmental groups that fear the seismic work could adversely impact wildlife including the endangered Florida panther and pose a threat to "drinking water for many South Floridians."
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