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The latest news from around the National Park System.

Festivities, Closures Part Of Independence Day Celebrations At National Mall

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a parade, a star-studded concert, and, of course, a fireworks show highlight the National Park Service’s annual celebration of Independence Day on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Keep in mind that some of the memorials and a number of roads will be closed due to the festivities.
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"Festus," A Humpback Whale Spotted For Four Decades In Glacier Bay National Park, Is Dead

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is famous for its namesake bay and the ringing mountains, but it's also renowned for its marine life, particularly the whales that make the park home for parts of the year. One whale that long has been a familiar resident of the bay, "Festus," is no more, having been found dead floating in the park's waters.
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Birding In The National Parks: Looking For Loons

With spring migration over and fall shorebird migration a couple weeks away, this is the lazy part of the birding year. It’s time to float placidly on a northern lake and listen to the loons. Everyone from Henry David Thoreau to Aldo Leopold has tried to describe the song of the loon, all failing miserably compared to the experience of actually hearing it on a foggy dawn.
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Subaru Given Access To Film Commercials In Shenandoah National Park During Peak Foliage Season

For two days last October, Subaru of America and National Geographic teamed up to film Find Your Park commercials along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, a 48-hour episode during the park's peak foliage season that critics are branding as corporate panhandling in the National Park System.
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Denali National Park Hikers Have Run-Ins With Grizzlies

Many of us go to national parks hoping to see wildlife, but for a few hikers at Denali National Park and Preserve, the encounters they had with grizzly bears were more unnerving than pleasant. The outcomes included one man bitten on his calf by a sow, and a young grizzly rewarded with food when hikers threw a day pack at him.
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$1 Million Gift, Focus On Science In National Parks, Launched At Acadia National Park

National parks can be an incredible crucible for science, according to a Maine entrepreneur who has launched a “Second Century Stewardship" initiative for the National Park System. Helping to drive the campaign is a feature-length film and a collaborative effort to more powerfully engage science in America’s national parks.
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Public Meeting Monday To Discuss Parking At Muir Woods National Monument

National Park Service is holding a public meeting on the Muir Woods Sustainable Access Project on Monday, June 27th from 6 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. at the Tamalpais High School Student Center. This project is intended to preserve resources in the Redwood Creek Watershed and enhance the visitor experience by improving parking, transit, and pedestrian access at Muir Woods National Monument.
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UPDATED: Search Continues For Rafter Lost At Disaster Falls In Dinosaur National Monument

A day-long search for a woman who went missing after a commercial raft flipped on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument proved fruitless as sundown neared Saturday, as crews were able to recover the raft that had been pinned upside down against a rock but were unable to locate the woman's body.
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Mount Rainier National Park To Rehab More Of Paradise Inn

The National Park Service has prepared an Environmental Assessment for a proposed plan to rehabilitate the Paradise Inn Annex and Snow Bridge, which is located in the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park. The project would complete the last major building rehabilitation project within the Paradise Historic District.
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