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Birding In The National Parks: Counting Birds At Point Pelee National Park

Back in 2014 I regaled Traveler readers with a report from Canada’s Point Pelee National Park during spring migration. This month, I’m back to remind you that good spring spots are often just as good or better in the fall. I felt a little guilty crossing the border for a national park trip during this centennial celebration, but I think our friends to the north deserve a tip of the hat. Parks Canada celebrated its 115th birthday in May, making it a somewhat older sibling to our National Park Service.

Conservation Groups Lose Fight For Wilderness At Big Cypress National Preserve

National Park Service managers relied on their expertise and did not violate either The Wilderness Act nor the National Park Service Organic Act when they decided how many miles of off-road vehicle trails would be allowed in the Addition Lands of Big Cypress National Preserve, the 11th U.S. District Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Politics And Pokemon Lead To Biggest Month Ever At James A. Garfield National Historic Site

At James A. Garfield National Historic Site, 25 miles east of Cleveland, this year’s Republican National Convention and the popular mobile game Pokemon Go helped drive 13,083 visitors to the site in July. That total is 57 percent higher than the previous monthly record of 8,358 visitors five years ago, in July 2011.

Conversation With A National Park Lodge Manager

General managers of national park lodges don't have an easy job. They appear to be in perpetual motion while dealing with issues regarding employees, maintenance, guests, food service, budgets, and the National Park Service. The facilities they manage are often in isolated locations, a factor that can magnify what would normally be minor issues.

Some Eye Candy, Grand Teton National Park Style, For Labor Day

The following video was created by Sheets Studios in Jackson, Wyoming, to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial. It's intended to serve as a tribute to the magnificent beauty of Grand Teton National Park, and"something that would draw attention and awareness to why we need to protect these wonderful places."

Second Year Of Every Kid In A Park Launched For 2016-2017

As part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them, the Obama Administration has launched the second year of the Every Kid in a Park program, which gives fourth graders and their families free access to federal lands and waters nationwide for a full year.

Op-Ed | Will The National Parks Get Their Trademarks Back?

With word that efforts to settle their differences over the ownership of trademarks to iconic Yosemite National Park landmarks failed, a legal battle between the National Park Service and DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite is expected to resume in the U.S Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. Julia Huston, a partner and chair of the Trademark, Copyright, & Unfair Competition Practice at the law firm of Foley Hoag LLP, weighs in on the standoff in this column.

Septic System Work Will Close Two Areas Of Acadia National Park For The Season

When Labor Day ends, the work begins at Acadia National Park. Two areas of Mount Desert Island in Maine – Seawall Campground and some visitor facilities at Sieur de Monts – will be closed for the season starting Tuesday as crews work to improve the septic systems that serve those areas.

Scientists Fear Not Enough Being Done In United States To Prevent Widespread Extinctions

As biologists from around the globe convene in Hawaii for the quadrennial World Conservation Congress, a distinguished group of scientists from across America has issued a warning that current conservation efforts in the United States, while perhaps successful in the short term, are insufficient to prevent widespread extinctions of the nation’s plants and animals.

UPDATED: Hurricane Hermine Prompts Decision To Close Cape Lookout, Cape Hatteras National Seashores

An approaching hurricane on Thursday prompted a decision to order the evacuation of visitors from Ocracoke Island on North Carolina's Outer Banks, leading Cape Hatteras National Seashore to shut down all visitor services on the barrier island. At nearby Cape Lookout National Seashore, officials were planning to shutter their operations at noon Friday.

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