A holiday fishing outing at Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska ended tragically when the small craft capsized, leaving two dead and four with hypothermia, according to park staff.
Glacier Bay National Park
I’ve written a few times about the national parks I consider the best for birding, but several readers have asked which would be the best to visit to maximize the diversity of birds seen. When we talk about number of different birds seen, I always think about a big year. During a big year, a birder tries to see as many birds as possible in one calendar year within a certain geographic range, or under certain conditions.
This summer the Huna Tribal House long under construction at Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska will open its doors. Named Xunaa Shuká Hít by Huna clan leaders, the facility is on the shores of Bartlett Cove in the national park. The presence of elaborate carvings, hand crafted canoes, and traditional songs will enrich this very special "Return to Homeland" celebratory event, jointly planned for August 25 by the Huna clans, the National Park Service and the Hoonah Indian Association.
Two rangers from Glacier Bay National Park who wove together a wonderful tale around the 45-foot-long skeleton of a humpback whale have been honored as the best interpreters in the National Park Service.
Glacier National Park is often described as a "hiker's paradise," and over 700 miles of trails offer plenty of choices for what the park describes as "adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude." Glacier also offers some fine shorter hikes that offer a taste of the backcountry with only moderate physical demands, and one of the most popular is the combination boat trip/hike to Grinnell Lake.
Ahhh, the sweet scent of national parks. You've had the chance to freshen your bathrooms with it, and now you can leave your clothes smelling park fresh!
The need to prevent national park units from turning into biological islands, cut off from other wild lands by development, is not a new worry. But a recent study reinforces the value of ensuring migrational corridors survive.
Sounds can identify a place, and the residents of that place. Pulling the sounds of Glacier Bay National Park together and placing them in one repository will make it easier to piece together the sounds of the park.
Around The Parks: Lodging At Glacier Bay, Personal Hygiene On Mount McKinley, Explosives At Assateague Island
A scan of news from across the National Park System shows a need for a new lodging concessions at Glacier Bay National Park, a problem with personal hygiene on Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park, and an explosive situation at Assateague Island National Seashore.
Where are some of the best backcountry campsites in the world (as well as the national parks)? Michael Lanza, Northwest editor of Backpacker Magazine, shares his thoughts on 25 of the best places to pitch your tent.