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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.

Star Show Coming To Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

On Saturday, September 3, from 8 p.m.-10 p.m., Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site will host its seventh annual Star Party in partnership with the Springfield Telescope Makers of the Stellafane Observatory in Springfield,Vermont. The event will be held at Saint-Gaudens NHS in Cornish, New Hampshire, and is free and open to the public.

Bill Nye, The Science Guy: "Half The Park Is After Dark"

The Planetary Society wants citizens everywhere to know the cosmos and our place within it. As you know, this year is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. For 100 years the Park Service has been preserving our natural wonders so that we can go to the parks... and wonder! This wonder is what drives so much of science.

Congressman Requests Interior Department Briefing On National Park Service Mismanagement

The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee has asked Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell to provide his committee with a briefing on "the scope of mismanagement and conservation of national and cultural resources" at the National Park Service.

Very Active Wildfire Day Expected In Yellowstone National Park

With "critically low" relative humidity levels, erratic winds and dry thunderstorms in the forecast, fire bosses in Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday were warning visitors to expect a "very active fire day" with traffic delays likely on the west side of the park as firefighters battle the flames.

Application Period Opens Thursday For Non-Commercial Snowmobile Permits For Yellowstone

Applications will be accepted starting Thursday for those interested in obtaining a permit for a non-commercially guided snowmobile trip into Yellowstone National Park during the 2016-2017 winter season. A permit is required for all non-commercially guided snowmobile groups to enter the park.

Students Go Underground, Get Muddy With Project C.A.V.E.S. At Buffalo National River

The latest video in the “Outside Science (inside parks)” series follows high school students underground at Buffalo National River in northwest Arkansas as they take a weeklong course to learn about cave ecology and geology with Project C.A.V.E.S. (Creative Adventures and Valuable Experiences Through Spelunking).

Washington Monument Closed Until Mid-September, Longer Shutdown In The Future

Repairs to the elevator at the Washington Monument are taking longer than expected, with officials not expecting it to be up and running before mid-September. Down the road, a nine-month closure of the iconic Washington, D.C., destination is expected to allow for modernization of the elevator.

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