I like birding New Year’s resolutions. They seem easier to keep than the traditional ones. Losing weight and giving up assorted vices aren’t really all that fun, but there’s not much about birding that isn’t fun.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
The winter shuttle buses are running again at Point Reyes National Seashore in California for visitors interesting in viewing northern elephant seals that come to breed on the seashore's beaches, or hoping to glimpse migrating gray whales.
It hasn't been too long since the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams were demolished, yet already the ecosystem in and around Olympic National Park in Washington state is rebounding in ways that are amazing some researchers.
Growing up in the 1970s, I was unaware of the National Park Service, the system we refer to as the "national parks," or the job possibilities that included a career as a national park ranger. Friends of Saguaro National Park spent a lot of time this year working to inform younger generations of those possibilities.
Although grizzly bear attacks on people in Yellowstone National Park are rare, they draw world-wide media attention and can be quite traumatic for park visitors, staff, and the general public both locally and nationwide when they happen. One of these rare attacks occurred in the park during the 2015 summer season, resulting in a human death, killing of the adult grizzly bear, and placement of two cubs in a zoo. This event was tragic, but also very unusual in the ecosystem, especially in light of the number of grizzlies and humans that could overlap in time and space.
Looking for a little mid-winter exercise? Consider experiencing the wilder side of Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve during a special ranger-led, Tamiami Trail Triathlon of paddling, hiking and biking.
Books with ties to national parks are too numerous to count. But we did receive a fair number in 2015, and found many of them worth your while. Let's take a look back through Traveler's Fireside Reads for 2015.
The national parks of the United States are often compared to, and indeed inspire, works of art. In fact, the USGS has been regularly contributing new and updated works of art for the national parks—maps.
Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas are important cornerstones of the country’s tourism industry. By September 2015, Parks Canada had welcomed close to 20 million visitors to parks and sites from coast to coast to coast, an increase of 5 percent over last year.
For many visitors to Yellowstone National Park, and especially those at Mammoth Hot Springs, the photograph of soldiers in old-fashioned uniforms standing with their heavily loaded bicycles on the white travertine formations of Minerva Terrace has become an iconic image.
From striking craggy pinnacles to cavernous underground lairs, the national parks are renowned for their grand wildernesses. However, the inhabitants of these landscapes – the wilds’ wildlife – are perhaps the most beloved of the parks’ draws. Animals of the national parks, including many threatened or endangered species, also provide a significant scientific service: They are indicators of the overall health of their environments.
Growing up, jeans seemed to be the preferred pant for hiking and backpacking. And then along came khakis, wool if you expected rain or snow, and then, of course, synthetics. To continue the evolution, Fjällräven adds its trekking trousers with the company's proprietary G-1000® Eco fabric.
Conflicts with hunters and livestock were among the reasons a record 59 grizzly bears died in the Yellowstone ecosystem in 2015, the federal government’s grizzly coordinator said last week.
Yellowstone National Park bison soon are expected to be allowed to roam into parts of Montana under a plan approved by Gov. Steve Bullock, yet it remains to be seen how much relief it provides the iconic animals as they head to their traditional wintering and calving grounds.
The National Park Service has donated about 700 pounds of venison to District of Columbia Central Kitchen. The meat will be used in the thousands of healthy meals that DC Central Kitchen prepares daily for multiple nonprofit partners, including homeless shelters, rehabilitation clinics, and after-school programs. The venison donation is a result of the deer reduction operation in Rock Creek Park in early December.
The 127th Tournament of Roses Parade will highlight the National Park Service Centennial with park-themed floats, and an equestrian unit. There will also be a temporary “pop up” national park for events surrounding the iconic New Year’s celebration.
After 110 years, is it any surprise that El Tovar Hotel on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park needs some work? That's why the grand dame will close for three-and-a-half months early in 2017 for some major rehabilitation work.
Personalities, towering granite walls, and historic photographs for added perspective -- some amazing perspective at times -- are the heart and soul of Yosemite In The Fifties, a 176-page book that captures what the authors refer to as the Iron Age of climbing in Yosemite National Park.
If you are planning a visit to Mesa Verde National Park with camera in hand, then sit back in your favorite chair and check photographer Rebecca Latson's continuation of her series of armchair photography guides with tips, advice, and example photos for this amazing national park.
Entrance fees to Cabrillo National Monument in California will bump up January 5 in a move park officials say will help them pay for "important maintenance and improvement projects within the park."