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Omnibus Budget Bill Poised To Bring Early Holiday Cheer To National Park Service

A massive omnibus budget bill, if passed by Congress, promises to deliver some early holiday cheer to the National Park Service with a nearly 10 percent increase in discretionary funding, according to an analysis by the National Parks Conservation Association.
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Birding In The National Parks: Identifying Birds In A Split Second

Over the last decade, the explosion of books related to birding has seen the formation of a subgenre focused on the GISS concept. GISS (typically pronounced jizz) is an acronym for General Impression, Size, and Shape. This refers to the method of identifying a bird by visible features other than the color and markings. It’s how most seasoned birders make split-second identifications in the field. Over time, GISS has come to be a catch-all term for the holistic approach to bird identification where distribution, time of year, habitat, and behavioral considerations blend with size and shape (and good old fashioned field marks!) to make a bird knowable in an instant.
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Open The New Year With A Hike At Big Thicket National Preserve

On Saturday, January 2, Big Thicket National Preserve staff will lead a guided walk on the Kirby Nature Trail and Sandhill Loop Trail. This 4.5-mile hike will explore the diverse ecosystems of the Big Thicket, including mixed hardwood forests, baygalls, cypress sloughs, riparian floodplains, and longleaf pine uplands.
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Nearly $800,000 In Grants Go To Support Arts In The National Park System

America’s national parks have inspired artists for generations. As the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service commemorate milestone anniversaries in 2015 and 2016, the NEA will award $797,500 to support 33 projects to a special grant initiative called “Imagine Your Parks”, which encourages the American public to celebrate the arts at national parks around the country.
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Op-Ed | The Antiquities Act: Don't Break What Works For The National Park System

We have dedicated ourselves to this cause because we know that our parks and public lands represent the very best of America; they are the places that preserve our wondrous natural and cultural heritage and truly allow us to know and appreciate our nation’s unique and diverse story.
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National Park Service Continues To Sag In "Best Places To Work" In Federal Government

Unhappiness with senior leadership, teamwork, and concerns about a lack of support for diversity continue to plague the National Park Service as an agency to work for, according to the latest Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Survey. While most federal agencies saw increasing job satisfaction and commitment, the Park Service slipped again in the rankings.
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