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Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

  • Editor's note: This updates with additional details from parks in storm track.

    Nearly 70 National Park System units along the Eastern Seaboard were either fully or partially closed due to impacts from "superstorm Sandy," and it could be days before some reopen.

    The following rundown was provided Wednesday morning by the National Park Service:

    * [b]National Parks of New York

  • The classic picture of an owl is typically one associated with Halloween: large, nocturnal creatures with wide eyes and a wise mind. With Halloween here, it’s the perfect time to take a look into a lesser-known owl species that can be found in some national parks: the burrowing owl.

  • Winter snows pile up deep in Rocky Mountain National Park, where the season is celebrated not only in front of a roaring fire, but also out on skis and snowshoes exploring the snowscape.

  • Last week I had an opportunity to tour part of Manassas National Battlefield Park with my brother, and couldn't help but scan the landscape and try to envision the fighting that went on there during the Civil War.

    The same can be said of my previous visits to Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and Petersburg National Battlefield.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

  • A search for a missing backpacker in Kings Canyon National Park moved into its seventh day Tuesday, though so far the efforts have failed to turn up any trace of the man.

    Larry Conn, a 53-year-old Pacific Palisades, California, resident, failed to return from a weekend trek last Monday as expected. He was reported overdue Tuesday, and the active search got under way on October 24.

    Mr.