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Little American Island

Little American Island

January 16, 2021

Swirling between the borders of Canada and Minnesota is a vast maze of interconnected water highways – a wild space comprised of lush forests and isolated islands. Its history is fueled by the Native Americans who called it home, and the french fur traders known as Voyageurs. Peaceful islands dot the waters, but they also hold a secret. A golden secret. On this episode of America's National Parks - the story of Voyageur's National Park's Little American Island and the 1890's Gold Rush.

St. Croix Heroes and Mussels

St. Croix Heroes and Mussels

January 10, 2021

In the heart of our nation lies a riverway that has been federally protected for more than 50 years and stewarded by Native Americans for thousands of years before that. ItThis river carried logs piled so high they caused jams two miles long. It witnessed the first steamboats, a Minnesota firestorm, and even a briefly booming pearl button factory. The onset of the fur trade, European settlement, and urban development began to threaten these once-pristine waters. The unique habitat for aquatic life and recreational opportunities such as fishing and paddling was enough cause for people to rally for the water’s protection.

 

This week on America’s National Parks: the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

The Steel Driving Man

The Steel Driving Man

January 5, 2021

If you take the time to stop in West Virginia's New River Gorge, our newest national park, and listen, you may hear intertwined within the sound of birdsong, flowing water, and the wind billowing through the trees the whistle of a train. Today on America's National Parks, the legend born from the Gorge that would echo through generations to come. A man named John Henry. 

Our 63rd Park | National Park News

Our 63rd Park | National Park News

December 28, 2020

New Lava eruptions in Hawaii have people doing dangerous things, a harrowing evacuation of the records of two national parks in danger of being lost to wildfire, and our 63rd National Park. 

Surviving Winter in the National Parks

Surviving Winter in the National Parks

December 20, 2020

This week on America’s National Parks, we journey to Gates of the Arctic, Yellowstone, and Glacier for three stories of survival from the wildlife that call them home: Arctic Ground Squirrels, Bison, and Clark’s Nutcrackers.

Should the whitebark pine be listed as a threatened species? The USFWS will consider public comments received by Feb. 1, 2021. Comments may be submitted electronically at www.regulations.gov by searching under docket number FWS–R6–ES–2019–0054 and clicking on the “comment now” button.

Medgar Evers

Medgar Evers

December 13, 2020

Shortly after midnight on June 12, 1963, civil rights activist Medgar Evers was assassinated in the carport of the home that he shared with his wife Myrlie and their three young children in Jackson, Mississippi. His death, the first murder of a nationally significant leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, heightened public awareness of civil rights issues and became a catalyst for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Today on America's National Parks, our newest National Park Service Unit, the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument in Jackson, Mississippi.

Humpbacks

Humpbacks

December 6, 2020

Mountains that tower over beaches, temperate rainforests, ice fields, tidewater glaciers, and marine depths welcome the visitors that make the trek to visit this off-the-beaten-path destination. These habitats provide homes for mountain goats, moose, shorebirds, salmon, and bears, but the easiest way to get around in this national park is not by foot. Nearly 1200 miles of shoreline curve around inlets and islands. One endangered animal has thrived in this environment, swimming here to feed for the summer before returning to tropical waters near Mexico and Hawaii every winter. This week: the humpback whales of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

The Obelisk from Nowhere, Park Projects Funded, $270 Million Lawsuit | News from the Parks

The Obelisk from Nowhere, Park Projects Funded, $270 Million Lawsuit | News from the Parks

November 30, 2020

Hiking has arguably become the most popular activity in 2020, but as more and more people take to the trails, rescues are on the rise in National Parks putting a strain on resources, In Utah, a mysterious monolith appeared sparking all kinds of theories, and just as people were rushing to be some of the first to snap a photo with it, it disappeared. The National Park Service finds itself in a 270 million dollar wrongful death lawsuit after a woman lost her life in one of the most shocking ways we’ve ever heard of in a National Park. It’s time for this month’s National Park News.

Pipestone

Pipestone

November 22, 2020

The “peace pipe,” as it’s often called by those who only know it as a symbol of the hundreds of peace treaties signed between the federal government and Native American tribes, is a valued tradition that dates back thousands of years. And today, on a 1-square-mile plot of land, that tradition continues in the modern world, ever changing yet firmly rooted in the past. Today on America’s National Parks, Minnesota’s Pipestone National Monument. 

Wild Horses

Wild Horses

November 15, 2020

There are about 60,000 free-roaming horses in North America, and while we call them “wild,” they more accurately fit the definition of feral, which means they are free-roaming descendants of domesticated horses. Regardless, their majesty is impressive to behold anywhere you find them. 

Domesticated horses were introduced into North America beginning with the Spanish conquest. Escaped horses then spread throughout the Great Plains. But it’s clear that centuries of domestication didn’t alter their instincts too much, as they quickly reverted to ancient behavioral patterns in the wild. On Assateague Island, horses have lived wild for over 300 years species, but managing the herd is critical to the continued protection of the seashore ecosystem. 

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