Hurricane Damage Closes Santa Barbara Island At Channel Islands National Park

Damage from Hurricane Marie has forced the temporarily closure of Santa Barbara Island at Channel Islands National Park off the California coast.

Bald Eagles Flourishing At Channel Islands National Park

Just as the island fox is flourishing at Channel Islands National Park off California's coast, so are bald eagles, which are now nesting on San Clemente Island.

Great Strides Made In Recovery Population Of Endangered Island Fox At Channel Islands National Park

The island fox, once thought to be ready to vanish from Channel Islands National Park, has made a stunning recovery and now counts more than 2,500 individuals. Park officials say the fox population overall is at or approaching biological recovery following its near-95 percent decline in the 1990s.

Some Suggestions For Where To Float In The National Parks This Summer

Spring has set in throughout the country, perennials are reappearing, if they haven't already started to bloom, and summer vacation for some could be just weeks away. If you need some suggestions on where to float in the National Park System, we have them.

Swimming With The Whales At Channel Islands National Park

What's it like to swim with the whales at Channel Islands National Park in California? Check out this video of a humpback swimming at the park.

Junior Ranger Program For Underwater Explorers

With so many units of the National Park System tied to water, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Junior Ranger program has a category for Underwater Explorers.

Essential Paddling Guide: Sea Kayaks And Sea Caves Of Channel Islands National Park

Channel Island Outfitters can lead you through the caves and down into the kelp forests of Channel Islands National Park, a remote and isolated realm that is home to a unique faunal assemblage.

Traveler's Essential Paddling Guide To The National Parks

Paddling down a river or across a lake in a national park setting is truly a wonderful, memorable experience, one that carries thrills and life-long memories. You can retrace the historic 19th-century journey of John Wesley Powell, or land on a lodgepole pine-studded shore where camp is set under swaying trees and the evening brings a vivid sunset.

National Parks Traveler's Essential Guide To Paddling The Parks

Where can you paddle in the National Park System? What sort of paddler are you? Kayaker, canoeist, rafter? Options abound for all of you, as we explain in Traveler's Essential Guide To Paddling The Parks.

Ecological Balance Benefits Rare Fox At Channel Islands National Park

A story about pigs, foxes, and golden eagles might sound like it was pulled from Aesop's Fables, but at Channel Islands National Park it's one of how ecological balance has rescued one species from possibly vanishing forever.

Achieving Balance: Anacapa Island Ten Years After The Removal Of The Black Rat

A 10-year effort to remove non-native black rats from Anacapa Island, part of Channel Islands National Park, has produced incredible results, with rare seabirds returning to the island to nest.

Birding In The National Parks: Will We Soon Lose The Island Scrub-Jay?

That rare bird you spotted on your last trip to Channel Islands National Park may be a good bit rarer than you thought. The Island Scrub-jay (Aphelocome insularis) is now estimated to be one-fifth of what had been previously believed, according to a study by the Smithsonian Institution’s Migratory Bird Center.

Whale Watching: Here's Your National Parks Traveler 2013 Vacation Planner

If National Parks Traveler’s blue whale creature feature got you in the mood to do some whale watching, we’ve put together a guide of the best national parks for just that. From coast to coast and throughout the year, each park provides the opportunity to enjoy these majestic creatures.

Creature Feature: A Whale Of A Big Blue Leviathan

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The blue whale is one of the earth’s loudest (its song travels thousands of miles), longest-lived (80-90 year lifespan) and largest animals known to have ever existed. Though long and slender, with a tapered body and a small dorsal fin, blue whales measure in at up to 100 feet in length. These more than 200-ton leviathans are truly creatures to be reckoned with.

A Five-Pack Of Parks Where Winter Is Anything But Off-Season

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From snowsports to whale watching, America’s national parks have it all come winter. Check out our five-pack of parks where winter gives you the entire country's worth of geographical getaways.

U.S. House To Consider Legislation Opponents Believe Would Degrade Public Lands, National Parks

A package of legislation that sponsors call the Conservation and Economic Growth Act and which critics maintain would severely cripple the nation's environmental laws and pose a threat to the National Park System is expected to come up for a vote in the House of Representatives this week.

National Park Mystery Photo 49 Revealed: Wind Plus Sand Plus Time Equals Erosion

What we have here is a reminder that wind is a powerful agent of erosion.

Channel Islands National Park To Celebrate Decade Of Bald Eagle Recovery

Since bald eagle recovery efforts began at Channel Islands National Park in 2002, the number of resident bald eagles in the park has grown to more than 30. On May 19 the park will celebrate this achievement with a day full of activities.

Good Start: Bald Eagle Chick Hatches At Channel Islands National Park

It wasn't too long ago that you couldn't find a nesting bald eagle at Channel Islands National Park, but things are definitely different today. Just the other day the 2012 bald eagle breeding season got of to a record start with the earliest known natural hatching of a bald eagle chick on the Channel Islands, according to park staff.

House GOP Expected To Resume Push To Exempt Border Patrol From Environmental Laws Across National Parks

When Congress returns to Washington later this month, watch for Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee to resume a push to exempt the Border Patrol from a wide variety of environmental and National Park Service regulations.

Birding in the National Parks

This past year we started a bimonthly column on birding in the national parks, which is a great way to enjoy the parks while learning more about the hundreds of species that flit about the National Park System. Here's a look back at those columns.

Massive Restoration Effort Aimed At Improving Coastal Wetlands At Channel Islands National Park

Restoring landscapes is not always easy, but when they are restored, the benefits to the surrounding ecosystem can be highly measurable. At Channel Islands National Park off California's coast, restoring Prisoners Harbor will bring back a particularly rare landscape -- a coastal wetland.

Public Access To Santa Rosa Island At Channel Islands National Park To Be Restricted For Deer, Elk Hunt

Public access to most of Santa Rosa Island at Channel Islands National Park will be restricted in the coming months to allow for a final hunt of non-native deer and elk on the island.

Rare Bird At Channel Islands National Park: First California Common Murre Chicks In 100 Years

They really do have a rare bird at Channel Islands National Park: For the first time in a century biologists have spotted California Common Murre chicks on one of the park's islands.

Bald Eagle Hatching on Anacapa Island is Big News for Channel Islands National Park

Efforts to reestablish a bald eagle population in Channel Islands National Park reached another important milestone when scientists confirmed the successful natural hatching of a chick on West Anacapa Island - the first such event in over 60 years.

New Staircase Allows Anacapa Island At Channel Islands National Park to Reopen To Public

It took about three months longer than anticipated, but a new staircase is in place at Anacapa Island at Channel Islands National Park, and so the public will again be able to visit this island off the California coast.

Reader Participation Day: California, or Utah, For A National Park Trek?

If you had the option of either traveling to Utah for a swing through its national parks, or to California to sample its national parks, which would you choose?

Channel Islands National Park's Anacapa Island Could Reopen To Public After Labor Day

Anacapa Island, which has been closed to Channel Islands National Park visitors since June due to unsafe access, could reopen after Labor Day if a crane can be obtained to help install a new landing staircase, according to the superintendent.

Great White Sharks Spotted At Channel Islands National Park: Swim At Your Own Peril

While there are plenty of bear warnings posted in national parks, it's not that often you hear about a great white shark warning, but that's the situation at Santa Barbara Island in Channel Islands National Park.

Great Strides Being Made in Recovering Island Fox at Channel Islands National Park

Since 1999, when fewer than 100 island fox were thought to inhabit Channel Islands National Park, a recovery program has brought the species to nearly full recovery on the park's islands.