Yellowstone National Park

Roundup of Nearly 300 Yellowstone National Park Bison, With Some Destined For Slaughter, Draws Condemnation

Hopes for tolerance of migratory Yellowstone National Park bison by Montana officials seemed to unravel this week, as the park's tortuous winter drove hundreds of bison out of the park. While they were quickly rounded up, some appear headed to slaughter.

Time to Have Your Teens Apply For Youth Conservation Corps at Yellowstone National Park

Have your kids spend part of the coming summer working in one of the most beautiful places on earth as a member of the Youth Conservation Corps at Yellowstone National Park.

Please Welcome Traveler's New, and Returning, Sponsors!

Here at the Traveler we'd like to warmly welcome two new organizations, and one old friend, back to our list of sponsors: Holiday River Expeditions, the North Cascades Institute, and the Yellowstone Association Institute.

Several Hundred Bison Hazed Into Capture Facility At Yellowstone National Park

Perhaps sensing a drastic change in the weather, roughly 300 bison left Yellowstone National Park during the weekend and headed to lower ground in Montana, where they were met Monday by hazers who forced them back into the park and into a "capture facility."

Keeping Track So They're Never Forgotten: National Park Service Workers Who Died on The Job

The list is long, more than 200 names stretching over a century and then some. It's a somber one, as well, tracking the deaths of National Park Service employees from a wide range of fates, from heart attacks to rockfalls to cold-blooded murder.

State of Wyoming And One of Its Counties Again Seeking Permission To Sue Over Yellowstone National Park Snowmobile Limits

The state of Wyoming and one of its counties are seeking an avenue to sue the federal government over the reduced number of snowmobiles allowed in Yellowstone National Park on a daily basis.

Adopt A Wolf And Help Yellowstone Park Foundation Support Wildlife Projects in Yellowstone National Park

It takes a lot of resources, both in terms of dollars and personnel, to manage the wildlife resources of Yellowstone National Park. You can help with that effort by "adopting" a wolf through the Yellowstone Park Foundation.

Updated: Winter's Work: Plan Your Summer or Fall National Park Vacation Now

Now is the time to be planning your summer or fall vacations to the national parks.

Yellowstone Association Releases Its Summer Catalog of Courses

The new catalog of summer courses through the Yellowstone Association Institute is out, and deciding which one(s) to take part in could prove difficult.

Watching Climate Change Across the National Park System

Across the National Park System many changes are expected from climate change, from more wildfires and vanishing glaciers to invasions of non-native species and flight of long-term residents. Writer/photographer Michael Lanza, concerned that today's park landscapes will change significantly by the time his young kids are his age, has been touring the park system with his family to show his children what they might miss later in life.

Annual Count Shows Huge Decline In Yellowstone National Park Elk Herd, But How Accurate Is It?

Nearly one-quarter of the northern elk herd at Yellowstone National Park is missing, according to the annual winter count, but biologists aren't sure if there's been a stunning decline in the herd or if other factors have skewed the tally.

Yellowstone National Park Saw a Record 3.6 Million Visitors in 2010

If you were in Yellowstone National Park last year, pat yourself on the back. You helped push the park's annual visitation to a record 3,640,184 heads.

Thermophile Research in Yellowstone Helps Guide the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Scientists studying heat-loving microbes in Yellowstone's hydrothermal sites expect to gain key knowledge about life's origin, evolution and limits.

Report Lists 10 U.S. Ecosystems Whose Species Are Most-Threatened By Climate Change

A new report names the 10 ecosystems in the United States whose species are most-threatened by climate change. Among the parks included in those ecosystems are Yellowstone, Everglades, and Yosemite.
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Snowcoach Traffic Up, Snowmobiles Down, As Yellowstone National Park's Winter Season Gets Under Way

Kurt Repanshek photo of Old Faithful at -20 Fahrenheit.
The first two weeks of the winter season at Yellowstone National Park saw a slight decrease in visitors from a year earlier, but those who did come showed a preference for traveling by snowcoach rather than snowmobile.

Yellowstone National Park Moving Into Next Phase of Building Bison Tolerance In Montana

In the grand scheme of wildlife management, 25 Yellowstone National Park bison are not that big of a deal, not when the park's herds are pushing 4,000 animals. But if 25 are allowed to freely roam into Montana on land just north of Mammoth Hot Springs, they could begin laying the foundation for much greater tolerance of bison in Montana.

111th Congress Did Well When it Comes to National Park Wilderness, But It Could Have Done Better

A review of how Congress acted on wilderness legislation shows that the National Park System benefited quite nicely during the 111th session, but it could have fared better.

Looking Back On 2010 Across the National Park System

What were the top stories across the National Park System in 2010? There were more than a few, ranging from the tragic loss of three Katmai National Park and Preserve employees to a small-plane crash to the ongoing controversy over whether birds, turtles and off-road vehicles can co-exist at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Let's take a look back through the year at some of the stories.

A Year's Worth of Trails to Hike in the National Parks

Hiking trails are one of the best ways to enjoy national parks. They lead you out into nature, get you some exercise, and quite often showcase some gorgeous vistas. Here's a look back at some of the great trails we've mentioned on the Traveler during the past 12 months.

Books We've Read, And Liked, in 2010

There were quite a few books relating to national parks that arrived in 2010, and while we didn't get to read them all, the ones we did we liked. Here's a look back at our Fireside Reads from the year.

Yellowstone National Park’s ‘Psychedelic’ Wolves: Using Thermal Imagery To Study Disease

A wolf howls in yellow. They sleep in blue. And a wolf in motion in the sunlight is a rainbow.

A Year in the Parks

The past year was very kind to me in terms of getting out to visit some of the incredible units of our National Park System. Here's a look back at a year in national parks.

Researchers To Embark on Three-Year Study of Bison Grazing Habits in Yellowstone National Park

Can the grasslands in Yellowstone National Park support the park's bison herds? That's a question that researchers from Syracuse University will examine during a three-year study into bison grazing habits in the iconic park.

Yellowstone National Park Proposing to Increase Gill-Netting of Lake Trout to Help Native Cutthroat Trout

More than a decade after non-native lake trout were discovered in Yellowstone Lake, the battle to beat down the population of those voracious fish continues. While gill-netting long has been used to cull the lake trout, Yellowstone National Park officials want to increase those operations to help native cutthroat trout survive the onslaught of the bigger fish.

Give Someone A Yellowstone National Park Wolf for Christmas!

Still can't figure out what to get that special someone for Christmas? How about adopting a Yellowstone National Park wolf for them?

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Agrees Wolverines Need ESA Protection, But They'll Have to Wait

Too many species, too little staff. That's the roadblock preventing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from immediately adding the wolverine to the list of species with protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Parks Ready for Winter Season to Open

A snowy November has created a good base throughout Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks for the upcoming winter season, which kicks off on Wednesday.

Reader Participation Day: What is the Most Iconic Image Associated With the National Park System?

Yellowstone has Old Faithful, in Yosemite looms Half Dome, and Arches has Delicate Arch. Those are just three settings that are readily identified with national parks. But which view in the National Park System do you think is the most iconic of all when talk turns to parks?

Open House to Discuss Wild and Scenic Snake River Headwaters at Grand Teton National Park

A legacy of the late U.S. Sen. Craig Thomas, the Wild and Scenic Snake River Headwaters, is moving towards full fruition with an open house next week to discuss how it should be managed.

A Real Puzzler: Can You Piece Together the Lower Falls In Yellowstone National Park?

Got a little time on your hands? Then try your hand at piecing together the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park.
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