NPCA's Park Advocate » birds News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:08:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Waterfalls, Sesquicentinis, and Buffalo Soldiers Fri, 23 May 2014 18:08:18 +0000 One June 30, 1864, Congress passed and President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act into law—a groundbreaking piece of legislation that provided the first-ever wild land protections in our country. The law protected two exquisite gems, Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley, which both eventually became part of Yosemite National Park. Initially, the state of […]]]> 0 Two Historic Sites to Host 100-Year Anniversary Production of Influential Bird-Conservation Play Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:24:23 +0000 This weekend, art and wildlife conservation meet in New England at two historic re-enactments of Sanctuary: A Masque, an influential 1913 play that helped protect wild birds in America. A hundred years ago, entire bird species were threatened by hunting, due to the steady demand for feathers in hats and other products. In response to widespread […]]]> 0 Follow in the Footsteps of an American Hero at Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland Thu, 08 Aug 2013 13:01:51 +0000 A hundred years after her death, the Park Service created a new national monument earlier this year to honor Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman, who helped bring dozens of enslaved Americans to freedom and fought for equal rights for all people. Not only is this park a testament to her remarkable legacy, its 25,000 acres […]]]> 0 Birds—and Birders—Find a Welcome Refuge at Monocacy National Battlefield Wed, 12 Jun 2013 12:35:44 +0000 It’s been nearly 150 years since the clash that transformed some gentle fields in northern Maryland to the hallowed status of Civil War battlefields. More than 2,000 men were wounded or lost their lives during the Battle of Monocacy, where Union troops were able to delay a Confederate march to Washington just long enough for […]]]> 0 Beautiful Nature, an Hour from Chicago Wed, 29 May 2013 08:55:23 +0000 We often talk about “connecting with nature” and how important it is for urban residents to have access to green space. It improves our physical health, reduces our stress, and even improves our mood to have a world-class park near home. Chicago is lucky to have a spectacular urban oasis in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. […]]]> 1 VIDEO: Native Birds and Wildlife Make a Comeback at Channel Islands National Park Wed, 13 Mar 2013 12:56:39 +0000 Yesterday, the Park Service released more good news from Channel Islands National Park. Just a few weeks after biodiversity advocates celebrated the recovery of the night lizard on these protected islands, park officials and their partners are now sharing dramatic findings on improvements to bird populations and other native wildlife at Anacapa Island, one decade after removing invasive […]]]> 0 What Do California Condors, Gray Wolves, and Black-Footed Ferrets Have in Common? National Parks Are Helping Them Recover Tue, 12 Jun 2012 15:48:39 +0000 Did you know that California condors once ranged throughout the skies of western North America, but by the 1980s, fewer than ten remained? Or that gray wolves used to roam much of the United States until habitat loss and predator control programs virtually eliminated them? Now, both species are starting to making a comeback, in large […]]]> 8 NPCA’s Favorite Trips: Tips for National Park Adventures Around the Country Tue, 05 Jun 2012 13:13:25 +0000 The summer travel season is here, and all 397 national parks will offer free admission this Saturday, June 9 for National Get Outdoors Day. Many of us are itching to get out into the parks for hiking, bird-watching, boating, and other adventures. Ready to try something different? Here are a few favorite destinations recommended by NPCA staff members around the country that […]]]> 0 National Parks, and Park Apps, Free for National Park Week Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:27:02 +0000 Next week is National Park Week! Starting this Saturday, April 21, through Sunday, April 29, all 397 units of the park system will waive their entrance fees, from Acadia to Zion and everywhere in between. The fee-free days make an already affordable vacation to America’s most spectacular places even easier on the wallet, at an ideal time for viewing wildflowers, birds, and […]]]> 1 Defending the Desert in the Morongo Valley Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:16:21 +0000 By Seth Shteir, California Desert Field Representative  On January 31, 2012, National Parks Conservation Association, Friends of Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, The Summer Tree Institute, The Wildlands Conservancy, and the Morongo Valley Chamber of Commerce teamed up to host an advocacy event to build support for Senator Dianne Feinstein’s California Desert Protection Act of 2011. […]]]> 0