NPCA's Park Advocate » Photos/Videos http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:22:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 11 of the Best Bird-Watching Spots for Fall http://parkadvocate.org/11-of-the-best-bird-watching-spots-for-fall/ http://parkadvocate.org/11-of-the-best-bird-watching-spots-for-fall/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:32:27 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7122 More than 700 distinct bird species can be found in America’s national parks. Exploring this incredible array of wildlife is a great reason to visit national parks, and the fall migration—when millions of birds are heading south from northern breeding grounds—is the perfect time to do it. Here are some of the best places to […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/11-of-the-best-bird-watching-spots-for-fall/feed/ 0 Connecting History and People along the Delaware & Lehigh http://parkadvocate.org/connecting-history-and-people-along-the-delaware-lehigh/ http://parkadvocate.org/connecting-history-and-people-along-the-delaware-lehigh/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:05:38 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7092 The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) in eastern Pennsylvania unites five counties and commemorates the rivers, canals, and railroads—as well as the people and communities—that brought anthracite coal from the mines to market in the early 19th century, fueling an early center of the American Industrial Revolution. One of the most successful heritage […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/connecting-history-and-people-along-the-delaware-lehigh/feed/ 0 Parks Sound Off http://parkadvocate.org/parks-sound-off/ http://parkadvocate.org/parks-sound-off/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:37:17 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7065 What does your day-to-day life sound like? Soundscapes, like landscapes, are unique. They ground us in a place, providing clues as to where we are and what we can expect. Sounds, like sights and smells, add to our understanding, appreciation, and experience of a place. Our national parks have soundscapes, too. What we hear is […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/parks-sound-off/feed/ 2 Saving Shores Saves Money http://parkadvocate.org/saving-shores-saves-money/ http://parkadvocate.org/saving-shores-saves-money/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:02:00 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7050 Close your eyes and imagine a national park. Did you think of mountains, towering redwoods, dense forests, or perhaps the sublime rock formations at places like the Grand Canyon? What many people don’t immediately associate with national parks are the sandy beaches, sapphire waters, and sparkling vistas of the coastal world. Surprisingly, one in four national park areas has a coast. The […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/saving-shores-saves-money/feed/ 0 10 Spectacular Parks for Stargazing http://parkadvocate.org/spectacular-parks-for-stargazing/ http://parkadvocate.org/spectacular-parks-for-stargazing/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:07:39 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6967 As the days get shorter, stargazers have more opportunities to celebrate the night—and national parks offer some of the darkest skies in the country. If you have trouble seeing the stars from where you live, you’re not alone. Urban areas have become so bright that more than 80 percent of the U.S. population can no longer see […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/spectacular-parks-for-stargazing/feed/ 1 Trivia Challenge: Can You Name This Historic Site? http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-can-you-name-this-historic-site/ http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-can-you-name-this-historic-site/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:50:16 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6986 Q: In 1869, engineers connected two railway lines in northwestern Utah, completing the world’s first transcontinental railroad. What national park site commemorates this historic event?   A: About 90 miles north of Salt Lake City, the Golden Spike National Historic Site captures the moment on May 10, 1869 when the Central Pacific and Union Pacific […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-can-you-name-this-historic-site/feed/ 0 Thomas “Yellowstone” Moran: Influencing Change with Art http://parkadvocate.org/thomas-yellowstone-moran-influencing-change-with-art/ http://parkadvocate.org/thomas-yellowstone-moran-influencing-change-with-art/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:49:15 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6887 Can one person’s artistic vision create change and protect something astounding? In the case of painter Thomas Moran, one man’s art was a major influence in preserving what is now one of the world’s most cherished places: Yellowstone National Park. Long before America had a National Park Service or a National Park System, mountain men and […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/thomas-yellowstone-moran-influencing-change-with-art/feed/ 0 Exploring the Original Oil Country in Northwestern Pennsylvania http://parkadvocate.org/exploring-the-original-oil-country-in-northwestern-pennsylvania/ http://parkadvocate.org/exploring-the-original-oil-country-in-northwestern-pennsylvania/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:18:58 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6850 This story is part of our series on national heritage areas, the large lived-in landscapes managed through innovative partnerships to tell America’s cultural history. See more stories in this series. In August 1859, Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful commercial oil well in a natural oil seep on the east bank of Oil Creek downstream […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/exploring-the-original-oil-country-in-northwestern-pennsylvania/feed/ 0 14 Summer Learning Adventures in National Parks http://parkadvocate.org/14-summer-learning-adventures-in-national-parks/ http://parkadvocate.org/14-summer-learning-adventures-in-national-parks/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:32:39 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6270 School may be out for the summer, but there are plenty of ways to explore science, history, and the arts—with or without kids—in some of America’s best classrooms, our national parks. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring our National Park System. To get these features delivered to your inbox, sign up for Park […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/14-summer-learning-adventures-in-national-parks/feed/ 0 “100% Community-Driven” http://parkadvocate.org/100-community-driven-a-qa-with-teresa-baker-founder-of-the-african-american-national-parks-event/ http://parkadvocate.org/100-community-driven-a-qa-with-teresa-baker-founder-of-the-african-american-national-parks-event/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:19:53 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5867 California outdoorswoman Teresa Baker doesn’t just love national parks. She encourages thousands of people around the country to love them, too. For two years, she has been the driving force behind a series of successful events encouraging people of color to spend a weekend exploring nature and history. Teresa’s project, the African American National Parks […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/100-community-driven-a-qa-with-teresa-baker-founder-of-the-african-american-national-parks-event/feed/ 0