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Blitzed with Butterflies: Citizen Scientists Document Species at Rocky Mountain National Park

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By Dr. Gail Dethloff, Director, Center for Park Research Clouded sulfur? Mormon fritillary? Hoary comma? I had never heard of such intriguing creatures before last month, but the Rocky Mountain BioBlitz put me in close proximity to all three. No fear factor or injuries sustained. Just a stroll in a sub-alpine meadow in an effort to inventory butterflies. The BioBlitz [...]

Posted on: September 12 2012
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Precaution, Funding, and Science-Based Policy: Revisiting Leopold Could Move NPS in the Right Direction

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By Dr. James D. Nations, Vice President of NPCA’s Center for Park Research When a team of scientists and conservationists led by A. Starker Leopold wrote the Leopold Report in 1963, national park visitors were still feeding bears through their car windows, nocturnal wildlife still feasted on park garbage dumps, and park rangers still shot cougars and wolves to maximize [...]

Posted on: September 11 2012
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Friday Photo: Stunning St. John

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The official summer travel season may be over, but many of us are still dreaming of the beach. Take a moment to enjoy the clear blue waters and swirling skies captured by photographer and park-lover Christopher C. McDaniel on his travels around the island of St. John in Virgin Islands National Park. Readers may remember the stunning photo by McDaniel showing an abundance of stars over Crater Lake that we [...]

Posted on: September 7 2012
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National Parks Plus Kids, Week Two: On to Pictured Rocks and the Ice Age Trail

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By Craig Obey, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Our brief visit to Pictured Rocks was enjoyable, though not the biggest grabber for the kids. Parents with young kids could try a couple of quick and easy excursions near the town of Munising, including Munising Falls and the Miner’s Castle—our kids enjoyed both. But our favorite experiences were simple walks on [...]

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New Video: Celebration of National Parks in Dance

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Most music and dance lovers in the Washington, D.C., area are familiar with the Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center–the Virginia performance space features a wide variety of entertainment each year, from pop singers to elaborate dance troupes to comedians. What many may not realize is that Wolf Trap is part of the National Park System, managed by a public-private partnership, with its [...]

Posted on: September 6 2012
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