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Grand Teton, Yellowstone National Parks Offering Migratory Bird Day Activities

What better day to go on a ranger-led tour of birding sites in Grand Teton or Yellowstone national parks than on International Migratory Bird Day?

Obama Budget Proposes $2.7 Billion National Park Service Budget

President Barack Obama's proposed fiscal 2010 budget includes $2.7 billion for the National Park Service, a $171 million increase from FY09. Within that total is $68 million for use in buying private property inside national park boundaries.

Mark Your Calendars: ABC TV's 20/20 To Explore Billing Search-and-Rescue Subjects This Friday

Talk about whether search-and-rescue subjects should be charged by their rescuers is getting a lot of attention lately. On Friday, ABC TV's 20/20 will raise that question.

National Research Council Blasts Park Service Report on Oyster Farming at Point Reyes National Seashore

National Park Service reports on the impacts of commercial oyster farming at Point Reyes National Seashore were skewed, "selectively" manipulated in several areas, and inconclusive overall, according to a National Research Council review.
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A Tough Week for Hikers and Mule Riders at Grand Canyon National Park

Short haul rescue at Grand Canyon. NPS photo.
It's been a tough week or so for hikers, mule riders and rescue teams at Grand Canyon National Park. During a 6-day span, a hiker fell off a trail and a rider was injured in an accident on a mule trip. Both required rescue via a park helicopter.

Two Special Bird Walks Offered in May at Fire Island National Seashore

Birding at Fire Island.
In honor of International Migratory Bird Day, Fire Island National Seashore in New York is offering a special three-hour ranger-guided tour at 9:00 a.m on Saturday, May 9, followed on Sunday, May 17 by a "Peak of Spring Migration" Bird Walk.

Fire in the Hole! Explosives Help Uncover Fossils At Dinosaur National Monument

In a field that often employs paint brushes and dental picks to unlock fossils from their encasing rock, you'd think explosives would be the last tool paleontologists at Dinosaur National Monument would reach for. But, actually, it can come in quite handy when you have hundreds of tons of overburden to remove.

Rooms Available for The Summer At Zion National Park -- At Least Right Now

If you've ever wanted to visit Zion National Park, and stay in Zion Canyon, now is the time to make that reservation. Zion Lodge officials say advance bookings are down, which is good news for travelers.

National Park Quiz 53: Castles

Castles here, castles there, castles everywhere. If you know your national park castles, you’ll do just fine on this week’s quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “Medieval castle walls have visually distinctive battlements featuring alternating crenels and merlons.”

Mammoth Cave National Park Tours Not Affected By White-Nose Syndrome

White-nose syndrome continues to be a serious problem in many bat populations in eastern states. Fortunately, the disease has not appeared at Mammoth Cave National Park, and the underground tours are continuing as usual.

Floods Sweeping Gateways to Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

Unusually warm weather, coupled with a higher-than-normal snow pack and higher-than-normal ice buildup, is causing flooding problems for the gateway communities of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.

New Feature: Email Traveler Stories To Your Friends

To make it easier to share Traveler stories, we've added an "email" button at the bottom of each post.

Sign Up Now To Help With BioBlitz At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

How much life is there at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore? That's a good question, one you can help answer by participating in the lakeshore's 'BioBlitz.' But time is running out to sign up.

Fire at Historic Many Glacier Chalet at Glacier National Park

Fire trucks outside the chalet.
The historic Many Glacier Chalet at Glacier National Park was damaged by a fire on Sunday, May 3, 2009. The building was saved thanks to prompt response from a nearby volunteer fire department.

Stranded Boaters Rescued from the "Narrows" at Zion National Park

The Narrows in Zion N.P.
Recent attempts by several kayakers to run the area in Zion National Park known as The Narrows were far from successful. Two of the boaters found themselves stranded 800 feet above the canyon floor.

Reservations Open May 15th for Turtle Watch Program at Canaveral National Seashore

Rangers at Florida's Canaveral National Seashore are providing an unusual opportunity in June to visit undisturbed beaches to watch a loggerhead sea turtle nesting. Space for these conducted trips in June is limited and reservations can be made starting on May 15th.

Grand Canyon National Park Rangers Scaling Back Search For Two Missing in Colorado River

With odds dwindling quickly, the search for two young men missing in the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park is being scaled back.

Billing For Search and Rescue Missions -- Yes, or No?

Should search-and-rescue subjects be billed for the cost of their rescue? It's long been a thorny issue, one that organizations that respond to SARs long have opposed.
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National Park Mystery Photo 1: Wow – This is One Big Boulder!

There are plenty of glacial erratics in our national parks. This particular one is not only unusually large, but also situated along a road where it can be admired by thousands every year. Do you know where this boulder is and where it came from?

Change is in the Wind for Offshore Energy Leases. How Might Parks Be Impacted?

Offshore wind farm.
Major changes are in the wind—literally and figuratively—concerning leasing of sites for offshore energy production. How might parks be affected by the current national plan being developed for offshore energy?

So, How'd Spot Do in the Backcountry of Dinosaur National Monument?

So, what'd you think of SPOT's test run through the backcountry of Dinosaur National Monument? Overall, it seemed to perform well, but I have a couple of suggestions for the designers.

Snowbound Couple Rescued From Fire Tower at Dinosaur National Monument

A snowbound couple were rescued from a fire tower in Dinosaur National Monument last weekend in an incident that highlights some of the challenges faced by the folks who do search and rescue work.

When Will the Super Volcano Beneath Yellowstone National Park Erupt?

When you fully appreciate that Yellowstone National Park is centered over one of the world's largest super volcanoes, you can't help but wonder when it might next erupt. This final installment of a USGS video series on Yellowstone touches on that question.

What Is The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory?

In this, the second of a three-part USGS video series on the dynamics of Yellowstone National Park's geothermal basement, the role of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory is explained.

Creature Feature: Burmese Pythons Prowl the Everglades, and That’s Not a Good Thing

Breeding populations of Burmese pythons have been established in Everglades National Park and some other parts of Florida. Limiting the growth and spread of this ecologically disruptive, potentially dangerous invader will be a daunting task.

Work by Thomas Moran and Other Artists on Exhibit at Zion National Park

Overlook in Zion.
A temporary exhibit featuring work of Thomas Moran and 21 other nationally known artists is on display at Zion National Park through May 26, 2009.

Need a Lunch Stop Between Vegas and L.A.? The Beanery Lunch Counter is Now Open

The Kelso Depot.
If you're driving between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, here's a new option for lunch that combines history with a short scenic respite from the interstate: the Beanery lunch counter is open for business again at the historic Kelso Depot in Mojave National Preserve.

One Dead, Two Missing In Colorado River at Grand Canyon National Park

bridge over Colorado River near scene of this incident
Grand Canyon National Park rangers recovered a young man's body Friday and were continuing efforts to find two other men missing since Thursday morning after the three jumped into the Colorado River near Phantom Ranch.

Kurt Made it to Jones Hole on the Green

Traveler Editor Kurt Repanshek’s Dinosaur National Monument rafting excursion has taken him to the Utah side of the park and to Jones Hole on the Green River. What a great place for hiking, photography, and trout fishing. Check it out.

The "Other Grand Canyon"—the North Rim—Opens for the Season on May 15th

View of the Grand Canyon from the North Rim.
Visitors to the Grand Canyon will soon have another—and less crowded—option for visiting the park. Highway 67 to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is scheduled to open for the season on Friday, May 15.