NPCA's Park Advocate » video News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:10:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Check Out The National Parks Band That Supports National Park Lands Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:27:00 +0000 If you’re like me, you love the peaceful sounds of national parks. Here’s a chance to check out the inventive sounds of The National Parks—indie-folk artists Brady Parks, Sydney Carling, and Paige Wagner who make up the up-and-coming band one musician described as “the Lumineers meets Of Monsters and Men.” Starting today, The National Parks band is […]]]> 2 A Legacy Marches On Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:11:02 +0000 “We cannot walk alone.” With those words, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. urged a nation to recognize that the destiny—and the freedom—of all Americans is a shared one. Today, we reflect on an August afternoon 50 years ago, when a quarter of a million people walked together, uniting in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom—a historic demonstration […]]]> 2 Four Stops, One Destination Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:44:57 +0000 It was hands-down the most impressive lightning storm I have ever seen. Last month, I was driving out of Arches National Park at night with my young boys, Vann, age 7, and Billy, age 6. Every few seconds, a magnificent strike of lightning lit up the darkened sky, exposing the towering sandstone formations of this […]]]> 0 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 Video: Wild Salmon at Stake If Mines Are Built Next to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve Thu, 30 May 2013 08:52:58 +0000 “What do we do without fish?” asks June Tracey, a resident of Nondalton, Alaska, in a new video by the Story Group. Tracey’s question is not just philosophical. Her community is closest to the site where companies are intent upon building the largest, open-pit copper and gold mine in North America. If developed, the proposed […]]]> 0 Years of Abuse and Overuse Make the Colorado River the Most Endangered River of 2013 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 15:48:09 +0000 This year’s Most Endangered Rivers report from American Rivers makes one thing clear: It is not sustainable for a single river to support 36 million people. That’s the situation today for the Colorado River. Though millions use its water, it is already so over-tapped that it now dries up to a trickle before reaching the […]]]> 0 Best of the ‘Net: A Roundup of Fun Park Stuff Online This Week Fri, 29 Mar 2013 14:52:50 +0000 As a member of NPCA’s social media team, I see a lot of great material promoting national parks on the internet each week. I’m starting a new roundup to share some of the fun things park lovers should check out online. See something cool on national parks? Let me know below! 1. Photographer Chris Mabey […]]]> 0 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 VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of “Death Valley Dreamlapse” Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:26:11 +0000 Last week, staff at NPCA escaped for a few minutes into the desert—virtually, at least—as we marveled at the latest video by Sunchaser Pictures, “Death Valley Dreamlapse” (below). Little did we know that the film crew captured these solitary dunes and spinning, swirling stars by traveling to a remote valley of the national park in […]]]> 0 New Video Highlights Navajo and Hopi Perspectives on Clean Air Wed, 05 Dec 2012 17:24:11 +0000 Shiprock, a majestic rock formation of great religious and cultural importance to the Navajo, could once be seen from Mesa Verde National Park, 162 miles away. But now, thanks to air pollution, Shiprock’s visibility is often limited to just 20 miles. Losing sight of this spiritual symbol is just one unexpected way that coal-fired power […]]]> 0