Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Fish In National Parks From Alaska To Colorado Have Unhealthy Mercury Levels

Timing often is happenstance, but with Earth Day arriving next week, word of high mercury levels in fish in national parks from Alaska to Colorado is particularly sobering. In some cases, the levels exceed limits OKed for human consumption.

Rare Killer Whale Skeleton From Glacier Bay National Park And Preserve Goes On Public Display

In the summer of 2005 a killer whale calf was found dead in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, and the discovery led to an unusual opportunity. Very few complete killer whale skeletons are known to be on display anywhere in the country, and now, after an impressive cooperative effort, the articulated skeleton has gone on public display near the park.

Largest Known Landslide On Earth Since 2010 Occurs At Glacier Bay National Park And Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve protects 3,283,000 acres of spectacular Alaskan scenery, so even some pretty spectacular geologic events in remote sections of the park can go unnoticed for a while. Thanks to remote sensing equipment, however, scientists have confirmed that "largest known landslide on Earth since 2010" occurred in the park earlier this month.

Encounter A Humpback Whale Out Of The Water At Glacier Bay National Park Next Year

Come the summer of 2014 you'll be able to see a 45-foot-long humpback whale out of the water at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

ARAMARK Parks And Destinations Gets Extension To Run Glacier Bay Lodge

You can make your reservation at Glacier Bay Lodge in Glacier Bay National Park without fear of the lodge being closed. The National Park Service has reached a two-year extension with ARAMARK Parks and Destinations to continue operating the lodge on the shores of Bartlett Cove.

Cruise Ship Comes To Aid Of Tour Vessel At Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

There's been some occasional debate about the appropriate number of large cruise ships in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, but the visitors aboard the daily tour boat Baranof Wind last Friday are probably glad the 1,260-passenger Statendam was in the area. Mechanical problems left the smaller vessel dead in the water in a remote area, but her passengers were safely carried back to port by the cruise ship.

Humpback Whales Crowding Waters In Glacier Bay National Park, Ships Ordered To Slow Down

It sounds like a great time to be in Glacier Bay National Park whale watching. Park officials have ordered cruise ships to reduce their speeds due to "extremely high humpback whale densities."

Reader Participation Day: Where's The Best View From A Dining Room In A National Park?

There are restaurants in and near national parks that serve up some mighty fine food, but not all of them offer an outstanding view to go with your meal. What are your choices for the restaurant with the best view in or near a national park?

Tips For Raising Outdoors-Loving Kids

Experiencing the natural world, and specifically national parks, seems richer when you have kids who can share the experience with you. But how do you raise outdoors-loving youngsters?

National Park Service Issues Prospectus For Glacier Bay National Park Concessions

The National Park Service recently issued a prospectus requesting bids for providing lodging, food service, retail, and boat tours in Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. The proposed 10-year contract is to become effective January 1, 2014.

Can't Make It To Glacier Bay National Park? Check Out The Bartlett Cove Webcam!

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is a hard place to reach any time of year, let alone the fall. But that doesn't mean you can glimpse this beautiful corner of Alaska.

Bicycle Trail Opened At Glacier Bay National Park

A short trail -- actually, an old road -- in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve has been opened to bicycle use.

72 Aboard Sightseeing Ship At Glacier Bay National Park Rescued After It Hits Rock

With help from the Coast Guard, the National Park Service, and a commercial cruise ship, nearly 80 people were safely rescued from a sightseeing ship at Glacier Bay National Park that began taking on water after apparently hitting a rock.

Pilot's Video Provides Close-Ups Of Landslide In Glacier Bay National Park

An Alaska pilot who offers air tours over Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve returned home with some stunning up-close video footage of a massive landslide that covered roughly 5 miles of the Johns Hopkins Glacier in June. Watch it here.

Massive Landslide Coats Glacier Bay National Park's Johns Hopkins Glacier Like Chocolate Frosting

A massive landslide, one of the biggest ever seen in North America and which registered on seismographs in Canada and the United States, has covered a more than 5-mile run of the Johns Hopkins Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve like chocolate frosting on cake.

Yogi The Bear Meets His Match At Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Yogi might have been smarter than the average bear, but he was just a two-dimensional cartoon character. But there's a bear in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve who really seems to be smarter than the average bear, as he's figured out how to use tools.

Glacier Bay National Park Proposing To Build Tribal House Replica Near Barlett Cove

A 3,500-square-foot Tlingit tribal house could rise up near Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve under a plan the National Park Service first proposed more than a decade ago.

Discriminating Explorer: Visiting Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve By Mothership

As our kayaks bobbed on the currents of Fingers Bay, a multi-fingered bight in Glacier Bay, we listened quietly for the tell-tale whoosh of the humpback spouting. We had seen it earlier as we neared the mouth of the smaller bay, and watched as the whale circled the bay, its wispy froth marking its progress.
This short slideshow was pulled together from photos collected during a week-long exploration of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Though they don't capture every incredible aspect of the park, they should be enough to get you thinking about adding Glacier Bay to your national park "life list."

Discriminating Explorer: Dining Your Way Across Glacier Bay National Park And Preserve

Shiny silver on the outside, the cauldron's contents were a delicious contrast of bright orange. With carapaces large as dinner plates and legs and claws folded to their sides, the Dungeness crabs were freshly steamed and stacked high. Dinner on the Sea Wolf was served.

2011 Visitation to National Park Units In Alaska Up About 2 Percent Over 2010 Figures

Tourism traffic to Alaskan units of the National Park System grew by roughly 2 percent in 2011 to a total of 2.32 million visitors, according to preliminary National Park Service statistics.

National Parks By the Numbers: Recapping the Year's Statistical Recaps

Traveler's "By the Numbers" articles provide interesting (and often surprising) statistics for selected parks. We published 13 of them this year.

A Year In The Parks, From Cape Lookout National Seashore To Glacier Bay National Park

The past year took me across the National Park System, from Cape Lookout National Seashore on the North Carolina coast to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska. The stories that spooled out from these trips into the National Park System told of advocacy and nurturing, of history and recreation, and even of controversy. Here's a look back.

Birding In The National Parks: Where Are All The Kittlitz's Murrelets Going?

Data being gathered to help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decide whether the Kittlitz's murrelet should have Endangered Species Act protection shows an alarming direction in the species' population trend.
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By The Numbers: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Johns Hopkins Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Though its name inspires thoughts of massive rivers of ice, Glacier Bay National Park is much, much more than glaciers. With its borders you'll find some of the country's tallest mountains, tangles of temperate rain forest that harbor brown and black bears, and rich waters that attract both birds and whales. Here's a glimpse of some of the park's significant numbers:

Birding in the National Parks: Puffins, Murrelets And More In Glacier Bay National Park

I wasn't really sure what to expect from Glacier Bay National Park, outside of glaciers, of course, but it didn't take long for me to realize this Alaskan park is a birder's paradise. From the "poor man's puffin" to dwindling numbers of Kittlitz's murrelets, I was rewriting my birding success, and not in days, but in minutes.

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Water and ice are prominent features of Glacier Bay National Park. Photo copyright QT Luong, www.terragalleria.com/parks, used with permission.

Though a harbor for the country's greatest collection of tidewater glaciers, Glacier Bay National Park is more than just ice and water.

National Park Quiz 97: Ships

This month's quiz will test your knowledge of ships and their role in the National Park System. Answers are at the end. If you peek, we'll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: "A ship is a vessel of considerable size, usually designed for deep-water navigation."

Calling All Pee Wee Rangers To the National Parks

Is your young-un too young to get involved in the National Park Service's Junior Ranger program? Well, here's news that some parks have created a "Pee Wee Ranger Program" for kids aged 3 and 4.
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