With his signature President Obama on Monday signed off on legislation that makes the bison the national mammal of the United States. But that doesn't mean the icon of the National Park Service won't be hunted if it wanders out of Yellowstone National Park.
Wind Cave National Park
While the official date marking the centennial of the National Park Service still is more than six months off, that's not stopping individual parks from announcing their plans for marking the big date. And at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota, the plans revolve around music, gatherings, and youth activities.
A number of National Park System units saw record visitation last year, and among them was Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota, where more than 109,000 visitors went underground.
I’ve talked at length about the best parks for birds and the parks where all the birders go. Everglades National Park usually tops that list. Big Bend and Acadia are also extremely popular birding parks. But which of the 59 national parks gets the least birding attention? That’s tough to quantify, but I’ve made an educated guess from perusing eBird data.
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.
A baker's dozen of quilts will be exhibited at Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska as part of the celebration on the upcoming National Park Service Centennial.
Charges of wildlife mismanagement by the staff at Point Reyes National Seashore are being leveled in the wake of the deaths of more than 200 Tule elk caused, apparently, by a lack of water inside their fenced preserve.
A prescribed burn at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota that got out of control was 80 percent contained Tuesday, though it had blown up to about 4,500 acres on top of the 1,000 acres that was within the prescribed burn boundaries, park officials said.
What started out Monday as a prescribed burn turned into a wildfire of roughly 1,000 acres at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota.
How do you think the National Park Service should celebate its centennial? That's a question the staff at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota is asking.