I came to Lava Beds expecting . . . . well . . . . lava. But what I found nearly blew what’s left of my little mind. Lava Beds National Monument in north central California near a tiny town called Tule Lake (or Tulelake, it seems to be spelled both ways interchangeably) contains lava all right, and a whole lot more.
Lava Beds National Monument
At Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, diminutive but outspoken pikas likely will endure what climate change brings to the park. At Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, however, they probably will not, according to a five-year study of the tiny rodent's Western populations.
When you visit Lava Beds National Monument in California, be sure to pack a headlamp. And, you just might want to toss a warm hat in, too, if you're planning to visit Crystal Ice Cave.
Less than a month after a conservation group expressed its displeasure with the Obama administration for not providing Endangered Species Act protection to the American pika due to the plight it might face due to climate change, a new study suggests the tiny mammals are more widespread than thought and seem to thrive in a temperature range greater than long thought possible.Millar&Westfall-pikas.pdf Beever-Low-Elevation Pikas.pdf Beever-Climate-Mediated Extirpations.pdf Pikas-National Monuments.pdf
Lava Beds National Monument, which celebrates its 83rd birthday November 21, is a strange looking place bursting with fascinating stories. As if the largest collection of lava tubes and caves in the coterminous states weren’t enough to make this park very special, it’s also where Captain Jack and his warrior band fought an amazing battle against an attacking force ten times its size during the Modoc War of the early 1870s.
While Kurt has been in Austin, he's had a chance to chat with a few folks close to the National Parks. One of his recurring questions has been, "What has been your favorite experience in the National Parks?" How would YOU answer that question? I've provided my own answer in this story.