Volunteer "Lint Pickers" Help Spruce Up Cave At Carlsbad Caverns National Park

The expression "a little bit goes a long way" can be applied to lots of items, and that's certainly the case when it comes to lint. A small pile of the fluffy stuff may merely be an annoyance at home, but the amount of lint left behind by nearly 400,000 annual visitors to the caves at Carlsbad Caverns National Park can add up to a real problem

Surprising Halloween Night Discovery Provided A Real "Treat" At Carlsbad Caverns National Park

A little curiosity by a pair of cavers turned a fairly routine evening's project at Carlsbad Caverns National Park into an exciting adventure for the duo. Their original assignment on October 31—surveying to help complete a new map of the Big Room—led to the discovery of the largest new "room" in the cave in decades.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Shares Superintendent With Guadalupe Mountains National Park

For the next three months, Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns national parks in New Mexico and Texas will share a superintendent.

Want A Caving Adventure? Spider Cave Tour At Carlsbad Caverns National Park Worth A Future Visit

Sooner or later we'll once again be able to enjoy visits to parks around the country, and while we're waiting, we can start to compile a list of potential activities in NPS areas. If you'd enjoy a challenging, ranger-guided trip into a section of "wild" cave, the Spider Cave Tour at Carlsbad Caverns National Park may be just what you've been looking for.

Google Maps "Street View" Coming To The National Parks

Google Maps has become a useful electronic option to paper maps for many people, and one feature of that site—"Street View"—allows users to see a ground-level, 360 degree photographic view of many locations around the world. Now that service is adding parts of some national parks, including the Grand Canyon and even one rather surprising location that lies beneath the ground.
On the Desert On the Desert's Edge is a book for all those who cherish wild places. It is a collection of anecdotal essays, poetry and photos by Dale Pate and Ron Kerbo, present and former National Park Service cave specialists who have 36 years of combined experience living, working, and exploring in and around Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks.

High-Tech Meets The Past Via Animated Fly-Through Tours Of Historic Locations

There are some historic features in the National Park System we just can't walk through in person, such as the remains of the Civil War gunboat USS Cairo at Vicksburg National Military Park. Now, thanks to some high-tech wizardry, anyone can take an animated "fly-through" and explore the interior of the ship—or five other historic locations around the country.
Birding the Southwestern National Parks (W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series) Just in case I wasn’t aware that I very badly need to do more birding in the Southwest, a copy of Birding the Southwestern National Parks by former Park Service employee Roland Wauer arrived in my mailbox. Now I find myself checking plane fare to Las Vegas, El Paso, and Los Angeles. This may be one of the most expensive book reviews I’ve ever written.

Exploring The National Park System's Underbelly

While white-nose syndrome continues to plague bats in the country's cave systems, there nevertheless are quite a few underground tours you can take in the National Park System, tours that not only will show off these unique resources but also provide education on the disease.
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Parks Offer Opportunities To Watch Venus Transit On Tuesday

If you're out in the parks this week, check to see if the park you're in is offering a viewing of the "Venus transit" that will occur Tuesday afternoon. Units from Arches to Voyageurs national parks will be offering special viewing of the celestial event.

Going Underground At Carlsbad Caverns National Park To Learn How To Explore the Stars

Teams of scientists have headed into the Utah desert in years past to better understand life on other planets, so why not go underground to do the same? A recent workshop at Carlsbad Caverns National Park was intended to help scientists envision exploring caves on other worlds.

Where Can You See Wildlife Right Now: Bats At Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Stop by Carlsbad Caverns National Park these days around sunset and you'll be able to see not just one or two bats, but possibly as many as 400,000 as they exit the cave en masse for their nightly meal.

Updated: Wildfire Leads To Closure and Close Escape at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

A fast-moving wildlife that started on June 13 at Carlsbad Caverns National Park led to a closure and evacuation of the park. The fire burned over the park's developed area, but quick action by personnel from the park and surrounding area resulted in a near-miraculous save for both structures and people.

By the Numbers: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns National Park preserves some of the world's finest publicly accessible caves.

Wildlife Experts Joining Calls Of Alarm Over White-Nose Syndrome In Bats

With traces of white-nose syndrome in bat colonies being found further and further west of the Northeast where it was first documented, more and more concern is being raised over the disease's potential to decimate bat species.

National Park Service Establishing Protocols For Dealing With White-Nose Syndrome in Bat Populations

It looks somewhat like a dusting of confectioner's sugar, but the white coating that is showing up on more and more noses and wings of bats is the signature of a dire fungal disease that threatens to decimate bat colonies across the country.

Proposal For State-Federal Collaboration on Combating White-Nose Syndrome in Bats Out for Public Review

While state and federal authorities are developing a plan of attack for dealing with white-nose syndrome in bat populations, a non-profit organization is criticizing the federal government for moving too slowly on this growing problem.

Traveler's Checklist: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

You can't properly visit this park without seeing the main cave and its Big Room, but there are other delights to sample as well.

In Race To Halt Spread of White-Nose Syndrome in Bats, USFWS Grants $1.6 Million For Research

In a race to contain, if not outright halt, the spread of white-nose syndrome in bats the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded roughly $1.6 million for research into the cause of the disease.

Combating Oil and Antifreeze with Sustainable Design at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Pollutants such as antifreeze and motor oil found in surface runoff from parking areas are a big concern for caves, and a project at Carlsbad Caverns National Park is tackling the problem in a way that's attracting positive attention. The effort has been selected as one of the first in the world in a pilot program called SITES (Sustainable Sites Initiative).

Kentucky's Sen. Bunning Singlehandedly Idles Road Construction Projects Nationally, Including Many in National Parks

Jim Bunning, Kentucky's contrary U.S. senator, singlehandedly has shut down road construction projects across the nation, including many in national parks, because he doesn't want to help middle-class families weather the economic storm, U.S. Department of Transportation officials said Monday.

Updated: Federal Government Urged To Close Caves Inhabited by Bats on Public Lands to Stop Spread of White-Nose Syndrome

A conservation group is petitioning the federal government with a request that it close all caves and mines inhabited by bats on public lands in a bid to stop the spread of white-nosed syndrome among bats. At the same time, the Center for Biological Diversity wants the Eastern small-footed bat and the Northern long-eared bat to be listed as endangered species.

Speleologists from All Over the World Tour and Study National Park Caves

The Park Service co-sponsored this year’s International Congress of Speleology (ICS), which has been going on all week in Kerrville, Texas. Many of the 1,300 participants signed up for field trips that included guided tours of developed and wild caves within NPS units.

52nd Annual Bat Flight Breakfast at Carlsbad Caverns National Park on July 18, 2009

Bat flight.
A fascinating natural event will be combined with a tasty breakfast in a premier outdoor setting on Saturday, July 18. It's time for the 52nd annual Bat Flight Breakfast at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Upon Further Review - Wacky Question of the Week

Ranger talking to visitors.
Another summer is almost here, and with it, the opportunity for those who work in parks to field some excellent questions from visitors. Along the way, those rangers and volunteers will also undoubtedly encounter a few new candidates for the wacky question of the week.

The Underground Ansel Adams – Famous Photographer's Cave Photos Now Available for Public Viewing

Ansel Adams photos of Carlsbad Caverns, photos courtesy of Carlsbad Caverns National Park
The work of photographer Ansel Adams is recognized and admired throughout the world, but the place most commonly associated with Adams is Yosemite National Park. A new exhibit opening at Carlsbad Caverns National Park this weekend will give the public its first look at a different part of the natural world through the eyes of this master of photographic art.

Park History: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

How times have changed. These days when you drop down into the underworld that is Carlsbad Caverns National Park you do it via stairs, not old guano buckets as was the custom early on in the park's history.

Park History: National Parks Built Around Caves and Caverns

One of the most intriguing interpretive tours I’ve joined across the national park system was the “wild cave tour” offered at Mammoth Cave National Park. For six or more hours in sections of the cave off-limits to the more traditional tours we scooted through tight places on our bellies when not able to get by on hands and knees.

Cool Cave Photography