Puzzles, Mysteries, and Reviews

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

  • National park partners -- nonprofit friends groups and cooperating associations -- are integral to the health of the National Park System in these days of economic malaise and political dogfighting. But is the National Park Service properly leveraging, or even monitoring, those groups? Are the groups functioning in the best interests of the parks?

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

  • What are the rarest birds in North America? If we’re talking about birds that breed on the continent, Whooping Cranes and California Condors come to mind. There are only a few hundred of each alive today. Kirtland’s Warblers are the rarest songbird, with a little more than a couple thousand pairs in existence.

    But what about birds that don’t call North America their home?

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

  • Winter is the time for dreaming, and planning, the following summer's vacation, which makes Bill Sherwonit's book on Denali National Park a good resource to turn to.

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

  • Is the natural world that surrounds you the same as the one that surrounded your parents, or your grandparents? What about that of your great-grandparents?

    The short answer, of course, is 'no.'

Monday, October 21st, 2013

  • There is no better time than now -- with the searing aspects of a shuttered National Park System still fresh -- to sit down with a copy of To Conserve Unimpaired, The Evolution Of The National Park Idea.

    There is an evolution under way in the park system, one that should spur debates from coast to coast about whether it's the desired evolution.

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