The Latest News & Views

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

  • How do you feel about companies awarding money to national park friends groups and conservation organizations based on their popularity?

    I keep getting requests via email or on Facebook to go to a website and click on a link to support a particular park. Sometimes the only way for your park to win is to keep on clicking.

    On one hand, our national parks need the money.

  • With harbor seals descending on Point Reyes National Seashore on the California coast for pupping season, restrictions on public access to various parts of the seashore take effect Thursday and run through the end of June.

    Seashore officials say Point Reyes "has the largest mainland breeding concentration of harbor seals in California.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

  • A hotly debated off-road-vehicle management plan has been put in place at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, where you need to obtain a permit to drive on the beaches as park managers strive to protect threatened and endanger

  • Birds don’t seem to recognize political borders.

    Some might call that uncivilized, but I find it endearing that a migrating bird doesn’t know – or care – if it’s about to land in Utah, Ohio, Mexico, or Canada. As long as the habitat is suitable and the time is right, the bird will land, and hopefully be spotted by an observant birder.

  • Winter can be a deceptively great time to take a hike in Shenandoah, Great Smoky Mountains, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and many other national parks.

    Why?