Predicting the winter movements of semi-migratory birds can be tricky business. Sometimes birds move south because food has become scarce in the north, as was the case with Pine Siskins last winter. Other times, an abundance of food creates a hyper-successful breeding season that results in overpopulation and migration south.
Everglades National Park
Will the coming winter bring snow, drought, soaking rains, or mild weather to your national park outings? As usual, it depends on where you go, but Rocky Mountain National Park could be a winter wonderland if the forecast from AccuWeather holds true, while New England travelers should enjoy a reprieve from last year's overly bountiful snows.
For the next seven Sundays, you can explore the Ten Thousand Islands area of Everglades National Park by canoe with rangers leading the way. These four-hour trips begin at 9 a.m. at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center, located at 815 Oyster Bar Lane in Everglades City, Florida 34139.
Here's your quick cheat sheet to five of the best units in the National Park System for finding wildlife this fall.
While all national parks have abundant wildlife throughout the year, fall is prime time. Birds and animals are on the move, preparing for winter, and courting. They’re busy and plentiful.
After 13 years of meetings, discussion, and debate, Everglades National Park officials have released a General Management Plan to guide the park for the next 20 years. However, whether the park will receive the funding necessary to fully implement the plan is another matter.
A tropical storm bearing down on Florida is prompting the closure of Everglades, Dry Tortugas, and Biscayne national parks until at least noon on Tuesday.
A plan to open Everglades National Park up to the "Python Challenge" early next year is both wrong and probably illegal, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which wants the National Park Service to prevent the hunt from being conducted within the park.
Consider yourself a snake wrangler? Then you'll want to sign up for the 2016 Python Challenge™, a month-long effort to rid Everglades National Park of as many of the non-native Burmese pythons as possible.
Perhaps few people today remember Nancy Ayers, but I will never forget her. Certainly, on being informed of her death last winter, a flood of memories came rushing back. In her honor, I decided to reread Polly Welts Kaufman's National Parks and the Woman’s Voice. Although I recalled no woman in the book quite like Nancy, I owed it to her to reflect on our friendship. A book reminiscent of her qualities seemed the perfect touch.