From striking craggy pinnacles to cavernous underground lairs, the national parks are renowned for their grand wildernesses. However, the inhabitants of these landscapes – the wilds’ wildlife – are perhaps the most beloved of the parks’ draws. Animals of the national parks, including many threatened or endangered species, also provide a significant scientific service: They are indicators of the overall health of their environments.
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
From New Year’s Day 2016 through December 31, 2016, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will celebrate its centennial anniversary, and everyone is invited to join the celebration.
It's breeding and nesting season at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park for nēnē, and park visitors are urged to drive with caution and to give the endangered Hawaiian goose space.
Human rescues are fairly commonplace in the National Park System, but it's not every day that rangers have to rescue a dog. That was the case at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, where a chocolate lab stumbled into a 20-foot-deep crack in the earth.
A colorful wall mural of Hawaiian deities painted by Herb Kawainui Kane has been restored at Jaggar Museum in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park next year will celebrate a century of caring for, and connecting people to, the remarkable landscape, native plants and animals and Hawaiian culture linked with Kīlauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes.
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, some have four legs. Last week, park mules and a horse transported two injured hikers suffering from dehydration to safety.
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and La Réunion National Park, a French volcanic island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, have signed a sister park agreement to fortify the mutual collaboration and cooperation between both parks.
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park officials say they will incrementally increase entrance and camping fees over the next three years to fund deferred maintenance and improvement projects within the park, and to meet national standards for parks with similar visitor amenities.
What mysteries lurk in the landscape of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park? We'll have some inklings this coming weekend in the wake of a two-day "bioblitz" at the island park.