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Birding In The National Parks: Birding By Impression

Experienced birders tend to do things that make them look like wizards to beginners. One of the things that often both impresses and confounds the neophyte is an expert’s ability to catch a glance of a back-lit bird flying out of a tree or a shorebird standing by a pond a half-mile away and nail the identification seemingly without thought. For better or worse, there’s no magic involved. What the experienced birder is doing is birding by impression.

Volunteers Sought For Alum Cave Trail Rehab At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you'd like to help with work to rehab to Alum Cave Trail at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, volunteers are now being recruited for that project, with work occurring on Wednesdays run from May 20 through October 28, 2015.

Music Of The Mountains Festival Coming To Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will hold its 11th annual “Music of the Mountains” celebration April 17-19 with a mix of music that harkens to the "Old-Time" music that long has reverberated through the mountains.

Mountainsmith's Tour FX Camera Bag Is Big Enough

This lumbar pack is big enough for the essentials, but won't make you walk like Quasimodo.

Youth Crew Restores Historic Trail Connection at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

A popular hike at Lake Mead National Recreation follows a former railroad grade associated with the construction of Hoover Dam in the 1930s. Thanks to work by a youth trail crew, visitors now have an additional option for accessing the Historic Railroad Trail: a 0.3-mile spur connecting the Railroad Trail to the Hoover Dam Lodge parking area.

Limited Mountain Biking Possible In Rocky Mountain National Park

A long-standing prohibition against mountain biking in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park will be lifted – just a little – in the next few months.

Rescues In Two Parks Illustrate Value Of Helicopters In Remote Area Emergencies

Modern technology, including cell phones and helicopters, can be a mixed blessing when emergencies occur in remote locations in parks. The downside is some people will expect quick results when things go awry, and due to weather, terrain or other factors, cell phones don't always work, and helicopters aren't always available. When everything comes together, however, those modern devices can make a big difference for rescuers and victims alike.

Tune Up Your Fiddles And Mandolins For The Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival

Rosin up your bow and tune your mandolin, for the Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival is coming to Homestead National Monument of America.

April Fools' Spoofs Offer Creative Fodder For National Park Fans

The growth of both photo editing software and social media sites such as Facebook have provided a fertile field for April Fools spoofs on a variety of subject, including national parks Here are just a few examples for your reading and viewing pleasure.

Parks Canada CEO Honored By George Wright Society For Excellence

Alan Latourelle, chief executive officer of Parks Canada since 2002, has been honored with the George Melendez Wright Award for Excellence during the George Wright Society's biennial conference.

National Parks Traveler Honored By George Wright Society

Kurt Repanshek, founder and editor-in-chief of National Parks Traveler, the top-ranked website dedicated to daily editorial coverage of national parks, has been awarded the George Wright Society’s Communication Award for 2014.

Find Your Park: The Lead Up To The National Park Service Centennial

"Find Your Park," the marketing campaign tied to the celebration of the National Park Service's 100th birthday, is being rolled out from coast-to-coast this week as individual parks invite you to not only connect with your favorite national park unit but also relate your favorite stories about that park.

"Raiders of the Lost Art" Sequel Lets Visitors Help Design Park Museum Exhibits

Almost every NPS site has more interesting items in its archives that it has room to display to the public, so choosing the ones to exhibit is an on-going challenge. The staff at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site had one solution last year—letting the public "co-curate" an exhibit by voting on-line for items to be displayed. It was such a success they're repeating the program and expanding it to a second site, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park.

National Park System Visitation Statistics: Where Did All The Backpackers Go?

Glance through National Park System visitation statistics for a few years, and some puzzling numbers surface. For example: Doesn't anyone like to backpack?

"Then-And-Now Photo" From Shiloh National Military Park Goes Viral

In 1902 a crowd of 2,000 people witnessed the dedication ceremony for a monument to the Fifth Ohio Cavalry at Shiloh Battlefield in Tennessee. They could never have imagined the future technology that would enable 135,000 people to view, in a single day, a photo comparing the monument as it looked 1902 with the same scene over a century later.

Thunder Hole Viewing Area Closed At Acadia National Park

It's one of the main attractions at Acadia National Park, and perhaps that's why crews need to make repairs to the viewing area at Thunder Hole.

Photography In The National Parks: A Photographer's Stay At Camp Denali

Traveling to a national park that may limit vehicular activity? Look for other options to combine several days' stay with photography like Rebecca Latson did during her time in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

Bighorn Sheep Released Into Both Yosemite And Sequoia National Parks

There are more hooves clattering across the rocky high country of Yosemite and Sequoia national parks thanks to a multi-agency effort to bolster bighorn sheep populations in the parks.

Opening Of Glacier Point Road At Yosemite National Park Earliest In Recent Memory

One of the classic scenes in Yosemite National Park is found from Glacier Point, an overlook which provides outstanding views of park landmarks such as Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley. Glacier Point is an understandable favorite with park visitors, but you'd usually need cross-county skis to get there in March. That's not the case this year, and the Glacier Point Road is already open to traffic.

Effort To Overturn Backcountry User Fee At Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fails

A legal challenge to a backcountry user fee at Great Smoky Mountains National Park has failed, with a federal judge ruling the National Park Service was within its rights to levy the $4 per night per person fee.
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