How to Identify Black and Grizzly Bears

black bear (top) and grizzly bear (bottom) source:nps.govThe highlight of many park vacations is often a wildlife sighting. Here's a guide for identifying the type of bear you've spotted.

New Website Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

Image: Even children know why the wild places in America are important and worth protecting—here they participate in a walk in Rapid City, SD, in support of wilderness during the 40th anniversary celebration of the Wilderness Act. Source: Ralph Swain / USFS.On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act.

Narwhals: The Unicorn of the Sea

Why does so much mystery surround the narwhal and its tusk?

Nicknamed “unicorn of the sea,” male narwhals possess a peculiar nine-foot-long tusk. Protruding out of the left side of its face, the tusk is made of ivory, a commodity once traded across the globe. Today, it is illegal in much of the world to sell ivory. The tusk and its uses are the subject of story and mysticism alike.

New Book -- Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World Explores Mysterious Whales

Yes, narwhals are real. Glad we’ve gotten that out of the way.

Book Review: The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader offers glimpse into life on the trail

The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader is a collection of works highlighting the Pacific Crest Trail.Pacific Crest Trail hikes can be special in a variety of ways. Some people enjoy the solitude offered by the 2,650-mile trail.

Gear Review: Wolverine Gauge boots

The Wolverine Gauge bootSnow, sleet and rain can all make hiking uncomfortable. When cold feet set in, continuing along the trail can become the last thing hikers want to do. With Wolverine Gauge boots though, cold feet are the last thing on your mind.

13 Sites Receive National Historic Landmark Designation

The Edmund Pettus Bridge, site of "Bloody Sunday" is among the new sites receiving the designation.Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis announced the designation of 13 new National Historic Landmarks on March 12.

Outdoor Opportunities in Spring

The clocks have sprung forward and spring is just around the corner. As migrating birds return from winter nesting grounds and animals stretch their tired winter legs, there is no better time to get out and enjoy America’s parks. March presents two great opportunities to get outside and learn about everything happening around you.

Parks Offer Opportunity to see Wildflowers

Source: NWRS, Carl Evans.As winter begins to wane, wildflowers are beginning to peek up and blanket areas at parks and public lands around the country. National Wildlife Refuges?provide some of the best opportunities for visitors to enjoy the vibrant colors and natural beauty of wildflowers.

Death Valley Honored by Dark-Sky Association

Source: NPSDeath Valley National Park: the lowest, driest and hottest place in North America is now adding another designation to its list. The 3.4 million-acre park has been certified as the third International Dark-Sky Park in the U.S. National Park System.

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