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Creature Feature: A Whale Of A Big Blue Leviathan

Blue whale Channel Islands National Park, California.
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.

Reader Participation Day: What Are You Thankful For This Year In Terms Of National Parks?

Our national Thanksgiving holiday has taken on a host of meanings, including gatherings with family and friends, favorite dining delights and Black Friday shopping, but for many of us, it's also still a time to pause at least briefly and count our blessings. In that spirit, is there something connected with our national parks that you're thankful for this year?

Some Items To Consider For Your Year-End Gift List

What can you stuff the stucking with, or place under the tree, at year's end for your national park or outdoor lover? Let us count the items.

Mount Rainier National Park Has Transitioned To Winter Season Hours

Snowstorms so far this month have convinced officials at Mount Rainier National Park that it's time to move to winter hours in the park in Washington state.

Mesa Verde National Park Has Been Added To Traveler's List Of Essential Park Guides

Mesa Verde National Park is the latest addition to Traveler's essential parks guides. In these pages you'll find information on cliff dwelling tours, lodging, hiking and more.

Birding In The National Parks: A Second Look At Newfoundland's National Parks And Birding

It’s time to head north once again to wrap up our discussion of birding the national parks on the island of Newfoundland. Gros Morne is certainly the most famous of Newfoundland’s parks and a gem of the entire Parks Canada system, but the other corners of the island have parks with their own unique birding opportunities.

Buffalo National River Officials Respond To Public Requests With Limits On Winter Closures

Officials at Buffalo National River in Arkansas have reversed themselves a bit concerning proposed winter closures after an outpouring of public reaction in favor of keeping facilities open.

Public Comment Period Extended On Cell Phone Tower Proposal At Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park officials have extended for 30 days the public comment period on a proposal to erect a 100-foot-tall cell tower to serve the Lake and Fishing Bridge areas of the park.

River Runners Applaud High-Flow Release Down The Colorado River Through Grand Canyon National Park

A flood unleashed down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park this week hopefully will rearrange roughly 500,000 metric tons of sediment, a moving project river runners are applauding.

Three Weeks After Superstorm Sandy Struck, National Parks Along Eastern Seaboard Still Digging Out

Crews continue to work to return to service units of the National Park System that were hammered by Superstorm Sandy back on October 29, with personnel coming from as far as the National Park Service's Intermountain Region to help with the cleanup.

Following The Film Lincoln Around Richmond: How One Surprising City Dominates The New Spielberg Blockbuster

If you’re about to see the new movie Lincoln—you’ll be seeing a lot of Richmond, Virginia. Virtually the entire movie was filmed there. Take "Lincoln: The Movie Trail" and trace the film's locations for truly exciting insight into the Civil War, Richmond, and Steven Spielberg's new blockbuster.

Do You Read AT Journeys?

Growing up in New Jersey, the Appalachian Trail was a short distance from home, and I took advantage of that proximity. Now, more than half-way across the country from the famous foot path, I seldom see it. Fortunately, there is AT Journeys.

Holiday Celebrations Planned At Grant-Kohrs Ranch, Delaware Water Gap

Opportunities to experience either a Victorian Christmas celebration or one more attuned to the Old West are coming up in December at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site.

Parkway Slope Repair Shuts Down the High Road Between Craggy Gardens and Mt. Mitchell State Park

Sunday drivers take note—your opportunity to soar the entire piece of the Blue Ridge Parkway between Asheville and Boone—across the massive Craggy Mountains past Mount Mitchell—has gone the way of autumn leaves. Road stabilization efforts have closed the high road between Milepost 355.3 and Milepost 359.8.

Were Seven Killed Wolves With Ties To Yellowstone National Park Targeted By Hunters?

Wolves roaming Yellowstone National Park don't discriminate between park drainages, meadows, and woods and those features in the national forests rimming the park. They head where the scent takes them, and when they do, they sometimes find themselves in the gunsights of hunters. Such was the case recently for seven wolves whose lives came to an end in the forests outside Yellowstone.

Here's Your Chance To Win A Passport To Your National Parks And Complete 2013 Stamp Set

Do you tote a Passport to Your National Parks around the park system with you? If you don't, or if your passport is filled, here's a chance to win a Passport Explorer and a complete set of the 2013 Passport Stamp Set.

Studying Granite At Yosemite National Park, The Video

In his latest addition to the growing list of Yosemite Nature Notes videos, videographer Steven Bumgardner focused on granite, a sturdy object found in just about every nook and cranny of the park.

Holiday Gathering At Mesa Verde National Park Set For December 6

A celebration of the season will be held at Mesa Verde National Park on December 6, when parts of the park will glow under the soft light of luminaria and rangers will lead visitors through Spruce Tree Houe.

Tour Winsor Castle At Pipe Spring National Monument Under Starlight on December 4

To mark the holiday season, the folks at Pipe Spring National Monument are offering tours of historic fort Winsor Castle by lanterns and starlight on December 4.
Reconstructing the View: The Grand Canyon Photographs of Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe In Reconstructing the View: The Grand Canyon Photographs of Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe we are treated to a Jigsaw puzzle of sorts that spans 150 years of Grand Canyon photography, paintings, sketches, and even postcards, a seamless melding of the past and present as seen through works of such giants as Ansel Adams and Thomas Moran.

Saving Ginseng In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s ginseng poaching prevention program is equal parts science, conservation, and crime scene investigation. How the park approaches ginseng poaching is addressed in the following article from Friends of the Smokies.

Experimental High Flow Release Coming To Grand Canyon National Park Next Week

Come Monday, the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park will take on the appearance of "Big Muddy" as flood gates in the Glen Canyon Dam are cranked open to spawn a controlled flood down the river.

Shenandoah National Park Officials Developing Management Plan To Protect Rock Outcrops

Three years have work have produced a Rock Outcrop Management Plan at Shenandoah National Park, where officials intend to use the document to manage climbing in the park and preservation of the outcrops.

Death Valley National Park Celebrates Updates to Furnace Creek Visitor Center

The Furnace Creek Visitor Center is the primary visitor information facility at Death Valley National Park, and after half a century of use, it was due for some upgrades. A weekend event earlier this month celebrated completion of the project.

Donations Being Sought For National Park Service Staff Impacted By Superstorm Sandy

A trust fund has been established for donations to help National Park Service staffers impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Guest Column: Chipping Away At The National Park Service Mission One Park At A Time

Is the National Park Service about to do an "about face" on its position opposing a professional bike race through Colorado National Monument? In a guest column Joan Anzelmo, the monument's former superintendent, expresses her confusion over this possibility and voices hopes the Park Service will stand by its mission and Management Policies.

Festival Of Christmas Past Coming To Great Smoky Mountains National Park On December 8

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be offering its annual Festival of Christmas Past on December 8. Co-sponsored by the park and Great Smoky Mountains Association, this will be the 37th edition of the festival that takes place each year on the second Saturday of December.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Seeking Input For Visitor Amenities At Salt Basin Dunes

What, if anything, should the National Park Service do to enhance visitor amenities at Salt Basin Dunes in Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas? That's the question the park staff has for you.

A View From The Overlook: The Agenda

One of our readers hinted darkly that there was an “Agenda” to “A View From the Overlook.” Well, yes. Astute of you to notice!

Creature Feature: Gray Wolves At Voyageurs National Park

Gray wolves are fairly well-known to be loping about Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Teton, and Isle Royale national parks. But they're also roaming the forests of Voyageurs National Park.