Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Turbulent Waters Keep National Park Rangers Busy With Rescues At Lake Mead NRA And Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

A quick turn of the weather forced rangers into rescue mode at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as high winds and waves left dozens of boaters seeking help. The final tally: 70 distress calls at Lake Mead, 11 rescues performed, including of one woman who spent three hours treading water and praying, and the rescue of five young sea kayakers at Sleeping Bear.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Proposing Rules For Firewood You Can Bring Into Park

Globalization is not just a sweeping economic trend, but also one involving insects that's been going on for decades, one that is a serious threat to national park forests. At Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee, officials are taking a step they hope will slow any infestation of non-native insects that can wreak havoc on native forests by proposing a rule that only heat-treated firewood can be brought into the park for campfires.

National Park Service Rangers Honored For Valor On The Job

National Park Service rangers from across the park system have been honored by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for valor in the line of duty.

Parks Can Offer A Great Setting For Viewing Upcoming Total Lunar Eclipses

Throughout human history, total lunar eclipses have inspired a range of emotions, and seeing such events are an amazing experience. Four total eclipses are coming up in the next 17 months, and while you can view those displays from many kinds of sites, enjoying the phenomenon in a dramatic natural setting like a National Park Service site would be a bonus for many of us.

Essential Paddling Guide: Asian Carp Just One Aspect Of Non-Native Invasion Of Great Lakes

They are some of the most acrobatic fish you’ll ever encounter, hurtling their silver bodies high out of rivers when motorboats pass by. But Asian carp that have been invading the Mississippi River drainage the past two decades pose a serious threat to both the native fish in the Great Lakes and Minnesota’s waters and to regional economies.

Congress Passes Wilderness Bill For Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Halfway To Withdrawing Lands Near Glacier National Park From Leasing

With a simple voice vote, the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation to set aside 32,500 acres of official wilderness at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and to further protect Glacier National Park from oil and gas exploration.

Birding In The National Parks: Where Are The Birds In Wilderness?

A fascinating post appeared at the American Birding Association’s young birders’ blog, The Eyrie, last week. You can read it here, but if you’re short on time, here’s the digest version: Birders don’t often bird true wilderness because wilderness is less birdy than fragmented and disturbed habitat often is.

Birding In The National Parks: Are You Planning Your Park Birding Trips For The Year?

Much of the northern half of the country is locked into winter now, which makes it a perfect time to plan your birding trips for the rest of the year.

Nature Could Have A Solution For Emerald Ash Borer Problem In National Parks

Nature might be able to provide a partial solution, at least, to emerald ash borer problems in national parks such as Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains as well as Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It turns out that woodpeckers and nuthatches, which are present in those parks, are developing an appetite for the non-native insects.

Essential Park Guide, Winter: Exchange Leafy Summer Trails For Snowy Forests

Winter in the National Park System often brings to mind frosty snowscapes, places where you can skim on skinny skis, or clomp along in snowshoes that, though a bit cumbersome, help you go places you might not venture without them.

A Duo Of Dunes: Indiana Dunes And Sleeping Bear Dunes

They share the same lake waters, but you can spot the differences between Indiana Dunes and Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshores.

Fall In The National Parks: Great Park Hikes For A Great Season

Fall hiking in the East conjures immediate thoughts of Acadia National Park in Maine, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, or Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee. All three are justly famous for fall color, have hundreds of miles of hiking trails…and lots of traffic on the roads, especially on autumn weekends.

National Parks: Unplug The Technology And Plug Into Nature

As my internship comes to a close, I can’t help but reflect on my experiences at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Creature Feature: Piping Plovers Face Challenges But Keep On Piping

The piping plover, Charadrius melodus, sparks recreation area closures in many parts of the national park system drawing critics and champions all across the country and causing a much larger stir than its tiny size suggests.

Planning Session On Tap For Developing Hiking, Paddling Trails Along Lake Michigan

A two-day planning session will be held early next month to discuss a national recreation trail along Lake Michigan that will involve paddling, hiking, and cycling.

Birding In The National Parks: Rare Bird Shows Up At Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

So, you’re a birder looking to add a nifty pelagic species like the Great Shearwater to your list. Where do you go? Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, perhaps?

Adopt A Beach At Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore For The Summer

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will host a kickoff meeting for Adopt-A-Beach volunteers on Thursday, May 24, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center on M-72 in Empire, Michigan.

Monthly Astronomy Parties Planned At Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

A series of monthly astronomy parties at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan kicks off Friday when rangers and members of the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society head out after dark into the lakeshore.

Millions Of Dollars Heading To National Parks For Road, Multiple-Use Trail Improvements

Millions of dollars are flowing to the National Park System for work on aging roads and multiple-use trails in need of some TLC, and transportation systems thanks to the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in the Parks program overseen by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Emerald Ash Borer Has Turned Up In Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

A small insect that causes as much concern in the eastern United States as does the mountain pine beetle in the western half of the country has turned up in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, where it has infested some trees near Little Glen Lake.

What's "The Most Beautiful Place in America"? GMA Viewers Pick Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

A recent series on Good Morning America invited viewers to choose the "most beautiful place in America." After producers narrowed the field the 10 finalists, nearly 100,000 votes were cast on the programs website. The winner, announced on August 17, was… Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Coast Guard Called In To Help Rescue More Than 50 From Sinking Ship At Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

More than 50 people who signed up for a scenic cruise on Lake Michigan near Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore got more than they bargained for when the vessel began to sink in high seas.

Dr. Beach's List of Top-Rated Great Lakes Beaches Includes Two National Lakeshores

Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka "Dr. Beach," has opined what many of us already knew; the Great Lakes beaches of the U.S. and Canada are hidden gems, and the ones at Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshores are crown jewels.

Be Aware Of Black Bears If You're Visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore This Summer

Black bears are relatively plentiful in northern Michigan this year in general and at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore specifically. As a result, visitors are being reminded to keep clean campsites and be watchful for the bruins.

Birding in the National Parks: An Introduction

Birders are a strange bunch of critters. I can say that because I’m one of them. We tend to carry around enough optical equipment to make the guys that were hunting Osama bin Laden jealous. We think eating breakfast at 3 a.m. in the summer is perfectly normal. We tend to travel…a lot

Lake Michigan Water Trail To Be Dedicated As National Recreation Trail

Mention "National Recreation Trail" and no one would be surprised if you immediately thought about taking a hike. But soon that tag will be attached to a watery route in Lake Michigan.

Efforts To Designate Nearly Half of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore As Official Wilderness Introduced in Congress

A bipartisan effort has been launched in Congress to set aside nearly half of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as official wilderness, an effort its backers believe takes a "balanced approach to conservation, recreation, and historic preservation..."

Summer Special: Windshield Touring in the Eastern Parks

The National Park System is renowned for scenic drives. These traverses, loops, and shuttles in the eastern parks deserve a place on your windshield touring short list.

Federal Grant Will Help Build Trails At Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

A 27-mile stretch of multi-use trail, separate from cars and trucks whizzing nearby, will be built at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore thanks to a Federal Transit Administration grant.

National Park Mystery Spot 19 Revealed

This is a place where hard work earns you a splendid view and the option to enjoy a gravity-assisted fun run.
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