An unusual population of whales -- the false killer whales that live in the waters around the Hawaiian islands -- could gain Endangered Species Protection due to its dwindling population.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Haleakala National Park and other Hawaiian sites provide nesting habitat for the Hawaiian petrel, an endangered pelagic bird that faces many hazards, including the perilous flight that fledglings must make from nest to sea.
For some park travelers, winter trips conjure up images of snow-covered landscapes, but for others the season means sun and sand. Here are some suggestions for NPS sites where milder winter weather offers a fine time to enjoy parks that are just too toasty or buggy for most of us during the summer.
Hawaii Volcanoes generates interesting statistics, not least because the park has the world's most active volcano, the planet's largest mountain, the longest continuously operating hotel in Hawaii, and other significant distinctions.
Think Death Valley Is Parched? This Year It's Twice as Wet As Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site
Mention "Death Valley" and often those words conjure images of hot, blistering sands and no water. Mention "Hawaii" and lush tropical forests and wave-washed shores come to mind. Well, so far this year Death Valley National Park has received twice as much rain as Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site in Hawaii.
Come September 1 there will be another national park postage stamp to add to your collection. That's when the First Day Issue of the Nature of America: Hawaiian Rain Forest stamp comes out.
While it's perhaps easier to monitor natural resources rooted in the earth in the national parks of the Pacific Islands, that doesn't mean those below the ocean's surface get ignored. This short video looks at some of those resources and explains how National Park Service researchers keep track of their health.
Are Americans losing touch with the rural side of life? Are we forgetting how pastoral settings appear and make us feel? President Obama fears so, and he's interested in your thoughts on how to get Americans reconnected with the "great outdoors."
For a quick primer on issues confronting birds on the national parks in the Pacific Ocean, take five-and-a-half minutes to watch this video.
With underwriting from the National Parks Conservation Association's National Parks magazine, the folks at Wild Collective filmed and produced the following 4:26-minute travelogue of Hawaii and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.