As much is known about the Earth and its inhabitants, we occasionally are surprised by what's out there. That point was driven home recently when, nearly 200 years after Charles Darwin set foot on the Galapagos Islands, a new species of giant tortoise was identified there.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
Skeletal remains found in a rugged area of Maine, roughly 3,000 feet from the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, are thought to be those of a 66-year-old hiker who went missing two years ago.
While there have been movements in some Western states to have the federal government turn over millions of acres to the states, a poll conducted for the Outdoor Industry Association shows widespread support in Colorado and Nevada for those lands to remain in federal hands.
Some higher fees are kicking in at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina as of November 1, with higher entrance fees at Wright Brothers National Memorial and higher camping fees at some Cape Hatteras campgrounds.
A "Glacier Skywalk." Ski resort expansion. Proposed widening of the Bow Valley Parkway. These and other developments pose a great threat to several national parks in Canada according to a parks advocacy group concerned that Parks Canada is straying from its mission in protecting these landscapes.
Fall just might be the best time to hike around Phelps Lake in Grand Teton National Park. The weather is cooling, the aspen are turning yellows and oranges, and the smell of autumn is in the air.
What's in a name, you ask? If you were told you could visit a "national park" or a "national recreation area," where would you head? Most would likely opt for the "national park," and that's part of the thinking behind the "National Parks of Southern West Virginia" marketing campaign.
An annual elk hunt intended to keep the overall population in check begins this weekend at Grand Teton National Park, though likely not without controversy.
It's that time of year: seasonal closures are coming to Acadia National Park. But in addition to those usual closures, part of the Park Loop Road will be closed to allow for "critical roadside maintenance."
At National Parks Traveler, our mission is to support the parks, show people how to get the most enjoyment from them, keep them abreast of issues confronting the parks, and provide calls to action when necessary. Sharing that mission are the many friends groups across the National Park System, organizations such as Friends of Acadia.
Predicting the winter movements of semi-migratory birds can be tricky business. Sometimes birds move south because food has become scarce in the north, as was the case with Pine Siskins last winter. Other times, an abundance of food creates a hyper-successful breeding season that results in overpopulation and migration south.
This Thursday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., the perfect story for the Halloween season . . . digging up bones from a long neglected grave. The infamous "Roger Williams tree root" will be on display at Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence, Rhode Island, as part of the park's 50th anniversary celebration.
Your trip to Alcatraz Island might offer more than a look at the famed old prison in the middle of San Francisco Bay. It just might give you a front-row seat to Great White sharks on the hunt, as was the case recently for passengers waiting to leave dock.
It's been an incredibly wet fall at Death Valley National Park, where torrential rains at times washed over, and washed out, roads. Which begs the question: Should you book your spring 2016 wildflower trek to the park?
Recognizing its incredible diversity of stream life and years of efforts to conserve that diversity, the Little Tennessee River basin, which includes the Abrams Creek drainage in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has been designated the nation’s first Native Fish Conservation Area.
The National Park Service is proposing to modernize regulations for non-federal oil and gas rights exercised in national parks. The proposal would update current regulations that are now 36 years old.
Two significant mergers have been formalized in recent days, each with the aim of building a stronger ally for national parks. In Wyoming/Montana, the Yellowstone Park Foundation has merged with the Yellowstone Association, while in California the Sequoia Natural History Association and Sequoia Parks Foundation have joined forces to form the Sequoia Parks Conservancy. The goal, of course, is to eliminate redundancies, streamline administrations, and generate more for the parks they serve.
More work to maintain the Transcanyon Pipeline that carries drinking water across the Inner Gorge of Grand Canyon National Park has led to the shutoff of water in some areas.
Beginning on Monday the National Park Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin small-scale geotechnical drilling at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve. This investigation is in preparation for a proposed interagency project to restore up to 100 acres of freshwater tidal marsh within the 485-acre Dyke Marsh. A 2009 study of Dyke Marsh by the NPS and the U.S. Geological Society found that this unique ecosystem would be entirely lost by 2035 without restoration efforts.
Theresa Pierno, whose history with the National Parks Conservation Association dates to 2004 when she was hired to oversee regional operations, has been chosen to lead the organization as president and chief executive officer.