Coral reefs are some of the richest habitats in the world, providing home and grocery for scores of marine species. Too, they serve as storm buffers for the islands and mainlands they rim, and delight countless snorklers and scuba divers who explore them. A new children's book focuses on coral reefs, and how they're established.
Everglades National Park
Earlier this year we shared a video of a garbage cleanup at Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska. Today we have a video of garbage -- marine debris -- collected at national park landscapes in south Florida.
A grant of nearly $150,000 from the Everglades Foundation will help the National Park Service pay for the cost of an environmental assessment of canals that are harming the ecosystem of Cape Sable.
Much has been written in recent years about the disconnect between the current generation of young people and the natural world, along with concerns that national parks are not seen as relevant by Americans from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Both issues aren't helped when field trips to parks and other off-site areas are often among the first casualties of tight school budgets. One solution is being provided by the National Park Foundation's "Ticket to Ride" grant program.
If you can manage it, be sure to head to the National Park System on Monday, when the gates will all be open with no need to pay an entrance fee.
Once considered largely to be worthless, national parks today are economic engines that generate $26.5 billion for the nation's economy.
Impacts of climate change on the National Park System are such that it is "no longer ecologically viable to manage resources solely within park boundaries," according to a study that found parks "are overwhelmingly at the extreme warm end of historical temperature distributions..."
I write this from the south shore of Lake Superior, not far from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Two days ago, while casually birding the lakeshore, my wife Sarah spotted a Black-crowned Night-heron. That’s an extremely unusual bird to find as far north as the Superior shore.
Did you hear the news? National parks, those wondrous and scenic expanses of Nature's eye candy, those wild and rumpled landscapes that test your skills and will kill you if you're not careful and prepared, or maybe just in the wrong place at the wrong time, are boring. They've been transformed -- or, perhaps, kept since their creation -- as "drive-through museums."
Climate Change Poses Risks Of Flooding, Erosion, And Fires To National Park Units And Their Treasures
Treasures of history, culture, and natural beauty contained within the National Park System are increasingly at risk to the perils of climate change, with flooding and wildfire likely to sweep numerous park sites across the country, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.