There’s more to Rocky Mountain National Park than the extraordinary views from Trail Ridge Road. Willow-choked streams, open meadows, pine forests, and all the edges where those habitats meet make for a park bursting with birding opportunities. After a not particularly spectacular time up in the tundra, I enjoyed a couple wonderful birding days in two very different habitats last month. This is the story of the first of those days.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
Yosemite National Park is restoring the federally endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog to alpine lakes within the park. The yellow-legged frog was once the most common frog in mountain lakes throughout the Sierra Nevada, but introduced predators and diseases caused their population to decline by over 95 percent.
While water filling stations are becoming commonplace in more and more parks across the National Park System, there are those in Congress who believe the National Park Service's ban on disposable plastic water bottles is unsafe and actually generates more, not less, plastic waste.
A black bear that has been hanging out in the northeastern end of Oak Island at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin has led to a temporary closure of the area.
A series of paving projects in Yellowstone National Park will close some parking areas for 24 hours in the coming days. The following list can help you avoid the projects.
Negotiating Zion National Park's sandstone canyons via rope, with one rappel followed by another, is an exhilarating experience, but it also can be quite dangerous, as the death of a Las Vegas man demonstrates.
Due to a technical glitch in the transition to the new site, the forums in the membership area have vanished. We are working to bring them back, and will notify you when they're once again available.
For the past 10 years, I have been actively engaged in the discussions about the future of Brooks Camp at Katmai National Park and Preserve and whether or how to implement the plan adopted in 1995 to have the federal government pay to move both Brooks Lodge and the National Park Service facilities to the south side of the Brooks River and out of prime brown bear habitat.
A challenge to Biscayne National Park's efforts to improve the health of their fisheries has been mounted by three of Florida's congressional representatives, including one who has drafted legislation to require state approval before the National Park Service moves to restrict commercial or recreational fishing access in areas of the Great Lakes or U.S. marine waters that it oversees.2015-06-23_republican_hearing_request_re_biscayne_national_park_gmp_.pdf
Wave action at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Indiana has forced the National Park Service to close the Central Avenue Beach for the foreseeable future due to erosion.
Have you ever been tent camping with your children? If not, learn to C.A.M.P. (Camping Adventures with My Parents) with National Park Service rangers this summer. The Alaska Public Lands Information Center is offering two weekend family camping programs in Denali National Park and Preserve taking place Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9 and Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16.
A hit-and-run driver killed a 75-pound wolf at Grand Teton National Park, according to park officials.
A site in Texas where a herd of Columbian Mammoths and other Ice Age animals died in a catastrophic event that preserved their remains in surprisingly good condition on Friday became one of three national monuments designated by President Barack Obama via the Antiquities Act.
Night sky star-gazing programs are spreading across the National Park System, and Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is not about to be left behind. Later this month the park will feature a series of family-friendly night sky programs.
While "national parks" don't allow hunting within their borders, "national preserves" do, and beginning Septembrer 1 hunting permits will be distributed at Big Thicket National Preserve in Texas.
A state and federal investigation into the killing of a protected gray wolf that ranged from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Canyon National Park before being shot in Utah has concluded without any charges being filed against the hunter.
A massive triangular slab of rock, roughly two-thirds the length of a football field in size, recently peeled off the face of Half Dome, adding a challenging new dimension to the classic Regular Northwest Face climbing route while also underscoring that Yosemite National Park's granite monoliths are not at all static.
National Park Service officials say a Wilderness Eligibility Assessment for Big Cypress National Preserve is not necessarily the final word on how much wilderness-quality lands exist in the preserve. A more extensive wilderness study expected to get under way later this year could add to, or reduce, the acreage cited in the assessment, they say.
A variety of construction projects coming to Mammoth Cave National Park beginning in August will cause a few issues for park visitors, but in the long run should provide a better experience for them.
Across the National Park System there are many, many places to call home for a night or a week. But which ones are the best?