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Birding In The National Parks: Sapsuckers At Rocky Mountain National Park

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.
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Yellow-Legged Frogs Being Restored To Yosemite National Park Lakes

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.
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Move In Congress To Overturn National Park Service's Ban On Disposable Water Bottles

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.
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Op-Ed|National Park Service Has Correct Approach To Bear Viewing At Katmai National Park

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.
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Florida Congressional Offices Want To Block Biscayne National Park's Fisheries Plan

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.
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Family Camping Program At Denali National Park Next Month

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.
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President Obama Creates 3 New National Monuments, Including Waco Mammoth National Monument

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.
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Massive Rock Slab Peels Off Of Half Dome In Yosemite National Park

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.
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National Park Service: Big Cypress National Preserve Wilderness Assessment Not Cut In Stone

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.
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