National Parks Traveler – Shrinking Glaciers Podcast

Featured in this week’s episode:   “Hurricane Dorian literally sliced up Cape Lookout National Seashore, creating more than 50 breaches in the park’s barrier islands. At Western Carolina University, Professor Rob Young says the hurricane’s damage was astonishing. How that damage will impact recreation on the seashore remains to be seen. Traveler also discusses this…

National Parks Traveler – Fisheries in the Smokies

In this episode: “‘Hiker Trash,’ a new book that examines hiker life along the Appalachian Trail through the sketches of a graphic artist, is the topic of our interview with author Sarah Kaizar. We also examine the fisheries of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and comment on the long-running vacancy of a permanent director of…

National Parks Traveler – Bahama Parrots Podcast

In the newest episode of the National Parks Traveler Podcast: “How is climate change affecting fall colors? Stephanie Spera, an assistant professor of geography at the University of Richmond and a 2019 Second Century Stewardship fellow at the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, is using citizen science to help answer that question. Erika Zambello…

National Parks Traveler – New Stressor To Coral Reefs Uncovered: Nitrogen

Dive beneath the surface in the lower Florida Keys, and swimmers once found themselves hovering above vibrant, coral communities. However, the past three decades have revealed a devastating loss of reef life around the globe. In the Looe Key Sanctuary Preservation Area alone, living coral cover plunged from 33 percent in 1984 to less than…

National Parks Traveler – Podcast: Sooty Terns And National Park Guidebooks

“Are you familiar with Sooty terns? It’s an interesting seabird species with mysterious travels. In this week’s National Parks Traveler podcast, Erika Zambello (that’s me!) speaks with Dr. Ryan Huang about a decades-long research study on Sooty Terns in the Dry Tortugas. After they nest in the spring at Dry Tortugas National Park, where do…

National Parks Traveler – Girls and Boys Club Clean Gulf Islands National Seashore

Gulf Islands National Seashore extends along the Florida and Mississippi coastlines, comprised of barrier islands and important shoreline beaches and habitat. As their borders touch the Gulf of Mexico and intracoastal waterways, these beautiful ecosystems can become an accidental catchment for a range of marine debris, including plastics, cigarette butts, and more. To celebrate Earth…

National Parks Traveler – The Alabama Five-Step: Come Be Surprised

When someone says the word, “Alabama,” what do you imagine? For most, the melody of “Sweet Home Alabama” pops into their head, or scenes from the movie by the same name. For me, most of what I pictured stemmed from the popular television show “Hart of Dixie,” centered around a young doctor moving to the…