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Birding In The National Parks: Birding By The Season Through The National Park System

National park travelers are keenly aware of the changing seasons. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a completely different experience in August than in October. The hoodoos of Bryce Canyon need to be seen both in the blistering July sun and the January snow to be fully appreciated. And, of course, there’s Yellowstone – a bustling city on a summer weekend and a tranquil white wilderness on a bright February morning.

20th Annual Telethon To Support Great Smoky Mountains National Park Coming Thursday

If you live in the Tennessee-North Carolina area, tune in Thursday night to support Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Star Show Scheduled At Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park

If you find yourself in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta this weekend, head to Cameron Lake on Friday night for a star show. Parks Canada and volunteer astronomers from Montana will be pointing out constellations, galaxies, nebulas and stars beginning at 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Packrafter Apparently Drowns On Tana River Inside Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

An Alaska man paddling down the Tana River in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska drowned after being thrown out of his packraft, according to park officials.

NPS Tries Again To Find A Bidder For Major Visitor Facilities at Grand Canyon National Park

The South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park is the home of some of the best-known concessioner-operated visitor facilities and services in the National Park System, and the agency has announced the availability of a prospectus for future operation of those functions. The new 15-year contract is one of the largest in the NPS in terms of revenue and lodging inventory.

Exploring The Parks: General Washington's Headquarters At Morristown

In central New Jersey, just a short distance from New York City, the Continental Army hunkered down in a place called Jockey Hollow for a long, cold, harsh winter of monitoring the British troops across the Hudson River in New York City. Today you can get a feel for this setting -- though it's heavily urbanized these days -- with a visit to Morristown National Historical Park where General George Washington and 10,000-12,000 troops spent what's believed to be the coldest winter on record.
The Best of Glacier National Park Alan Leftridge's guide to Glacier National Park is a well-organized, valuable resource for visitors

Made In America: National Park Concessionaires Offering More Items Made In America

Next time you find yourself in a gift shop at a national park, check out where the items were made. You just might be surprised that a majority of the items are made in America, with fewer and fewer bearing an oval gold-and-black 'Made in China' sticker on them.

Staying Safe In Bear Country In The National Parks

How can you keep from running into a bear and an ugly situation in the backcountry of a national park? Check out this short video for some tips. Though produced by the National Park Service's Alaska branch, the tips can apply to any park where there are bears.

Grant To Help Monitor, Protect Hawksbill Turtles At Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

The hawksbill turtle, an endangered species, will receive some help from a National Park Foundation grant that will support efforts at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to protect the reptile and improve its habitat at the park.

Traveler's View: Packrafting Deserves Consideration In Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Parks

At Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, the National Park Service should welcome a discussion into a form of backcountry travel that, if properly managed, need not alter the decades-long experience of visiting these two magnificent parks, but rather enhance it for a small number of wilderness travelers.

Biscayne National Park Rangers Go Wireless To Track Crime

Call it a sign of the times. Law enforcement rangers at Biscayne National Park in Florida have gone wireless with their computer systems in an effort to better track crime, and criminals, in the park.

Man Hopes To Run Entire Length Of Blue Ridge Parkway For Charity Fundraiser

A North Carolina man plans to begin an ambitious attempt to run the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway on August 9, and hopes to complete the 469-mile trip in only nine days. His purpose is to raise money for a camp that serves special needs kids and for the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

Cape Lookout National Seashore ORV Plan Open For Comment Through Early September

Off-road vehicles would be able to travel most of Cape Lookout National Seashore under a draft management plan, which also would create three "pedestrian only" areas on the seashore.

Survey Shows Visitors Would Support Higher Entrance Fees To See Yellowstone National Park Bears

Bears in Yellowstone National Park and visitors who watch bears cost money, both in terms of the park's approach to bear management, and its approach to "bear jams" on the park's roads. And, interestingly, a study shows that a majority of Yellowstone visitors would pay as much $50 extra dollars in entrance fees to ensure the opportunity to see bears in the park.
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Unmanned Drone Crashes Into Famous Hot Spring At Yellowstone National Park

A ban on the use of drones in National Park Service areas has become a hot topic this summer, and that was literally the case last weekend at Yellowstone National Park when one of the unmanned aircraft crashed into the largest hot spring in the park. Park officials now have to figure out what threat the debris may pose to the spring itself.

DNC Wins Concession Contract At Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Delaware North Companies wins Grand Canyon National Park concessions contract at the South Rim.
Grand Canyon National Park: Past and Present Grand Canyon National Park: Past and Present follows a format that is similar to two other books by the same authors: Yosemite National Park: Past and Present and Yellowstone National Park: Past and Present. These three large-format coffee table books present pages filled with reproductions of historic memorabilia juxtaposed with current photographs and text describing the parks’ history, attractions, and, to a lesser extent, natural resources.
Colorado Plateau Wild and Beautiful John Annerino's large format book showcases, in images and words, the magnificent Southwestern desert of the American West.

100th Anniversary Of Arapaho Pack Trip Celebrated On August 9 At Rocky Mountain National Park

In 1914, the Colorado Mountain Club, hoping to persuade Congress to support the establishment of a national park in the Estes Valley and Grand Lake area, arranged for Arapaho elders from the Wind River Reservation to provide Arapaho names for local landmarks. Part of that effort involved a two-week pack trip through the area, and the centennial of those activities is being celebrated with a series of events on August 9 at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Body Spotted In Grand Canyon National Park

A body presumed to be that of a missing Arizona man was spotted Wednesday several hundred feet below the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park, but rangers weren't going to be able to reach it before Thursday.

Reader Participation Day: How Would You Structure User Fees For The National Parks?

Imagine, for a moment, that you're in charge of setting fees for the National Park System. What would you charge for, and how much would you charge? Or would you charge anything at all?

Color Movies From 1930 Shot In Yellowstone National Park Being Restored

A vintage movie, typical of a "home movie," shot in Yellowstone National Park decades ago is being restored by the National Archives, casting a unique light on park visitors of an earlier day. What's particularly interesting is the grainy 16mm film, thought to be black-and-white, actually was shot in color, making it one of the first color films to be shot in the park.

Exploring The Parks: Fossil Butte National Monument In Windswept Wyoming

Many national parks preserve aspects of the past, and in the case of Fossil Butte National Monument, that past goes back 55 million years ago, a time when the landscape of western Wyoming was very different from the windswept plains we see today.

Photography In The National Parks: Avoid Those Bison (And Other Wildlife) Jams

Bison madness is in full swing in Yellowstone National Park with snorting, groaning, spitting, bison bulls chasing the girls (cows) down the roads, much to the delight of many park visitors who gladly park their vehicles in the road and film the action. No family vacation is complete without getting caught in a Yellowstone bison jam.

Katmai National Park Snared Bear Saved By Park Rangers, Biologists

A coastal brown bear doomed to death by a snare around her neck was saved by Katmai National Park and Preserve rangers and biologists who were able to remove the snare, and tatoo her for future identification, in a quickly performed procedure.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Reopens Oak Island Dock, But Watch Your Food

With bears acting more like bears in terms of eating their normal fare, the dock at Oak Island in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin has reopened to boaters.

Creature Feature: Western Banded Gecko

The Western Banded Gecko, or Coleonyx variegatus, is no stranger to beating the heat. Their nocturnal lifestyle is ideal for the sizzling desert climate. You are more likely to encounter them on a night stroll under the stars than in the mid-day sun. Though many confuse the Western Banded Gecko with young Gila monsters, they are much smaller and lack venomous characteristics.

Eastern National's Passport To Your National Parks Photo Contest Is Up And Running

Fancy yourself a good photographer? If you work for the Natinal Park Service, or are a Volunteer-In-Parks staffer, consider entering Eastern National's 2015 Passport To Your National Parks® Photo Contest. Ten winning national park photos will be featured on the 2015 Passport To Your National Parks® annual stamp series—nine by Passport geographic regions and one National Stamp.

Yellowstone National Park Crews Continue Work To Erase Illegal Trail Into Bechler Region

As big as Yellowstone National Park is -- 63 miles north to south and 54 miles east to west -- perhaps it's not too surprising that someone not interested in driving to a trailhead in the park decided to make their own on the edge of the park. But by this fall, that trail should be erased as park crews finish the second of two years' work in removing signs of the illegal trail.