National Parks Traveler – Birding in Katahdin Woods and Waters Podcast

Utah State University wildlife researcher Dr. Dan MacNulty discusses wolves, bears, elk and other prey and predators in Yellowstone National Park in this week’s episode, while Erika Zambello (me!) talks birding in Katadhin Woods and Waters National Monument with Doug Hitchcox of Maine Audubon. Host Kurt Repanshek wraps up the episode with a look at…

National Parks Traveler – Sign My Name To Freedom

Betty Reid Soskin is the oldest ranger in the National Park System, currently serving at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in California. At 97, she gives presentations to visitors describing her own experiences during WWII serving as a clerk in a Jim Crow union hall, as well as her memories of both…

National Parks Traveler – Battling Lionfish at Biscayne Bay

Lionfish. Impossibly beautiful, incredibly invasive. Arriving on Florida’s shores in the 20th century, the initial lionfish population invasion probably resulted from an accidental or intentional release from a hobbyist fish tank. Since then, their numbers have exploded, stretching across the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Reef species, lionfish cruise these aquatic habitats for prey, both outcompeting…

National Parks Traveler – Legacy on the Land Book Review

“I saw a big connection between our disrespect for nature and the disrespect we show to ourselves and for each other” – Audrey Peterman. Many national park enthusiasts can recite the history of the system or their favorite site by memory. They laud the conservationists and leaders who knew we must protect precious natural landscapes…

National Parks Traveler – Searching for the Abaco Parrot

Tall pine trees wave overhead, filtering the bright Bahamas sunshine through a canopy of thick needles. Tangled vegetation and underbrush lines the trail at Abaco National Park, reminding me of my home in Northwest Florida. My husband and I strolled through Abaco National Park with one mission in mind: spotting an Abaco Parrot. Read the…