NPCA's Park Advocate » bears News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:08:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Best of the ’Net: The Midsummer Night’s Dream Edition Fri, 09 Aug 2013 12:20:00 +0000 This week on Best of the ’Net, I found a little bit of everything—from bears to hacks to stars—for a midsummer glimpse at our national parks online. 1. August is my favorite time to watch the night sky, thanks to the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. Enjoy this photo taken by Jack Fusco at Acadia National […]]]> 0 Best of the ’Net: The Kid-Friendly and .007 Approved Edition Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:35:11 +0000 This week’s Best of the ‘Net includes a virtual way to connect to Alaskan bears, fun things for kids to do in Yosemite, and cool gadgets to make your next camping trip more hi-tech. Our 401 national park sites span all 50 states, districts, and territories. The amazing cameras at can help connect us […]]]> 0 Unsportsmanlike Conduct Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:45:56 +0000 I get a real sense of accomplishment when the Park Service takes action on an issue we’ve been pushing for years. In early April, the agency renewed temporary regulations to keep hunters from killing black bear cubs and sows with cubs with spotlights at their den sites in Gates of the Arctic and Denali National […]]]> 0 Friday Photos: Happy Anniversary ANILCA Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:54:51 +0000   Earlier this month, more than 100 million acres of public land in Alaska shared one common anniversary: On December 2, Lake Clark, Kenai Fjords, and other parks and preserves established through the Alaskan National Interest Land Conservation Act, or ANILCA, turned 32 years old. This federal legislation created ten different national parks and expanded three others in America’s largest, wildest state, including: Aniakchak National […]]]> 0 Getting Close to Katmai’s Bears in the Hopes of Protecting Them Tue, 31 Jul 2012 17:14:00 +0000 I recently captured the true essence of seeing brown bears up very close and personal in the wild with my camera at Katmai National Park and Preserve. Joined by three colleagues and our passionate guide and partner in bear conservation, Dave Bachrach from AK Adventures, we departed from the coastal town of Homer via float […]]]> 1 Friday Photo: A Cool Swim at Katmai Fri, 01 Jun 2012 08:20:57 +0000 It seems like a simple but special moment: a brown bear peeks his head from the deep blue ripples of Brooks River in Katmai National Park and Preserve with his fur washed back, revealing a timeless, almost sorrowful expression. Lucky shot, you might think. But for freelance Alaskan photographer Patrick Endres, days of preparation may […]]]> 0 Traveling to the Crown of the Continent with NPCA Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:26:16 +0000 By Morgan Dodd, Director of Gift Planning Glacier National Park is sometimes called “America’s Switzerland,” and it’s easy to see why. I’ve been lucky enough to make five visits to the park over the years, and with over one million acres of breathtaking mountain peaks, gorgeous lakes, endless views, and access to wildlife and historic […]]]> 1 NPS Should Not Be Forced to Support Alaska’s War on Bears Wed, 01 Feb 2012 14:04:14 +0000 I like bears. It’s one of the reasons I moved to Alaska over 30 years ago. There is something about traveling in the wilderness with wild animals that are bigger than you that provides an edge to your outdoor experience. And I’ve seen my fair share of bears over the years… hundreds and hundreds of them […]]]> 4