Yellowstone National Park

Odds and Ends From Around the National Park System

Items, some interesting, some perhaps not, from around the National Park System for a Monday morning's consideration.
Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks (Springer Praxis Books / Popular Astronomy) Add Stars Above, Earth Below, a Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks to your library and you'll not only gain a better appreciation of the dark skies over national parks, but you'll also be better informed on the stars twinkling at you.

Investigation Launched Into Grizzly Bear Mauling of Botanist Outside Yellowstone National Park

Why did a 70-year-old man head up into the Washakie Wilderness outside Yellowstone National Park knowing that wildlife biologists were trying to capture a grizzly bear? And why did federal authorities decide the bear that mauled the man to death have to be killed?

Would Year-Round Access To Old Faithful Compromise Yellowstone National Park's "Frontier"?

Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, copyright Kurt Repanshek
In Dances With Wolves, Lt. John Dunbar requests a posting on "the frontier" because he "wants to see the frontier before it's gone." It's not too difficult to put Yellowstone National Park, between the months of December and April, as being on the last frontier of the Lower 48.While it would be relatively easy to maintain wheeled-access to Old Faithful year-round, with apparently few environmental consequences, should we shrink what little "frontier" we have left in the National Park System?
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Wouldn't It Be Nice If the National Park Service Resumed the Distribution of Park Window Stickers?

Once upon a time, when you entered a national park you collected a distinctive window sticker that you could attach to your windshield. While you can buy versions of these stickers today, wouldn't it be great if the National Park Service handed them out when you entered a park?

Updated: Attempt To Trap Young Grizzly in Yellowstone National Park Leads To Its Death

A young grizzly bear that biologists were trying to capture in Yellowstone National Park because it looked unhealthy was accidentally killed when it tried to escape a trap that it had been lured into, park officials said Saturday.

Still No Resolution In Hunt For Missing Man in Yellowstone National Park

Search efforts are ongoing in Yellowstone National Park for an Oklahoma man who is thought to have vanished into the park's backcountry during the long Memorial Day weekend.

Land Deal Closes The Book On the New World Mine Proposed on Yellowstone National Park's Doorstep

Fourteen years after the Clinton White House stepped in to halt a gold mine from being built on the doorstep of Yellowstone National Park, a final piece of the settlement puzzle has been put into place with the purchase of nearly 800 acres of private lands.

Updated: Phone App Reviews: Chimani's Acadia and Nomad's Great Smoky Mountains

The number of national park phone applications recently grew by two, with Chimani's Acadia National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park guide(s) recently sent to market by Nomad Mobile Guides. We recently test drove both. Here's what we found.

With A Growing Number of National Park Phone Apps, What Should You Expect?

Like it or not, we are indeed becoming a society tethered to our electronics. If anyone doubts that this is the "information age," know that recent surveys estimate that nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population carries a smart phone in their pocket or purse.
Treasures of America Before Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan came out with their view of the National Park System, many others were turning their cameras on the parks. One collection I've found that is worthy of space in your DVD collection is Treasures of America's National Parks, a six-disk collection of some of the system's icons.

Circumstances Force National Park Service to Actively Manage Wildlife

Florida panther kittens dosed with dewormers. Black-footed ferrets inoculated against plague. Sterilizing horses at Cape Lookout National Seashore and elk at Rocky Mountain National Park. And now Yellowstone National Park bison that could be vaccinated against brucellosis via air gun.

Yellowstone National Park Considering "Remote Vaccination" For Bison To Stem Brucellosis

Ever-present concerns that bison from Yellowstone National Park might spread a deadly disease to Montana cattle has park biologists considering the use of an air-gun-delivered vaccine for the bison.

Young Grizzly Victim of of HIt-and-Run in Yellowstone National Park, Second Collision in a Week

A year-old grizzly has been killed in a hit-and-run accident along the western border of Yellowstone National Park, marking the second time in a week motorists have run into bears in the park.

No Sign of Missing Oklahoman in Yellowstone National Park

Searchers so far have been unable to find any sign of a 25-year-old Oklahoma man thought to be missing somewhere in the northern range of Yellowstone National Park, officials said Friday.

Opposition Mounts to Tourism Promotion of National Parks

What is the role of national parks? Are they created and designed to preserve nature, or to serve as playgrounds for the public? In Australia, one group it's the former, and they're rising in opposition to a move to promote tourism in their parks.

Nine Injured By Lightning Strike At Old Faithful In Yellowstone National Park

A single bolt of lightning struck nine visitors at Yellowstone National Park who were waiting to see Old Faithful erupt.

Oklahoma Man Thought To Be Missing in Yellowstone National Park

A 25-year-old Oklahoma man is thought to be missing in Yellowstone National Park, officials said Tuesday.

Help Friends Groups Help the National Parks

Throughout the year my mailbox is filled with solicitations from various causes, among them national park-related events and projects. Here's a look at just some of the latest you might consider giving to.

Tracking Crime in National Parks Is Not An Exact Science By Any Means

Trying to assess the amount of crime that occurs across the National Park System seemingly is difficult at best because of inconsistent accounting and the spillover of crime from neighboring communities.
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With National Parks As the Draw, Luxury Railroad Plans 2011 Debut

How much would you pay to ride a luxury train across the Western landscape with stops at Crater Lake, Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton national parks? Two-hundred dollars a day? Five-hundred-dollars? More than $1,000?

Delaware North Building Its Visibility Around Yellowstone National Park Through Lodge Acqusitions

In a move that will strengthen its presence in the National Park System, the Delaware North Companies has picked up two lodging properties in West Yellowstone, Montana, bringing to three the number of hotels it owns in the western gateway to Yellowstone National Park.

Is There A Thaw Coming On the Three-Year-Old Freeze on National Park Fees?

Yosemite National Park, Tenaya Lake, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Three years ago, then-National Park Service Director Mary Bomar placed a freeze on most fees associated with visiting the national parks. Now, though, it appears that freeze might be thawing.

Updated: Two Ice Climbers Die in Fall Into Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Two Montana men ice climbing in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in Yellowstone National Park apparently fell several hundred feet to their deaths Monday.

Yellowstone National Park Officials Want to Rethink Northern Entrance Corridor

How do you manage 21st-century issues while holding steady to historic character and significance? That's the question Yellowstone National Park officials are mulling as they look at the functionality of the North Entrance to the park.

Yellowstone Park Foundation Names New President

An official with the National Wildlife Federation has been chosen as the next president of the Yellowstone Park Foundation, the official fund-raising arm of Yellowstone National Park.

Reader Participation Day: Which Is Your Favorite National Park Gateway Town?

If you had to pick a gateway town to live in -- not because of its associated national park, but because of its atmosphere -- which would you choose?

An Idea in Trouble: Thoughts about the Future of Traditional National Parks in the United States

Historians point out that ideas, and the organizations associated with them, sometimes age and lose their relevance. Today, as the National Park Service (NPS) approaches the centennial of its establishment, the agency faces huge potential problems with its founding mission and subsequent land management policies.

Non-Profit Yellowstone Association Can Enhance Your Visit to Yellowstone National Park

Looking for a more personalized tour or exploration of Yellowstone National Park. The Yellowstone Association Institute can do that.

National Park Quiz 82: Flowers

April showers bring May flowers, so let’s run with that idea in this month’s quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “Flowers are the reproductive organs of angiosperms.”
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