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Open thread for night owls: Park Service will phase out bottled water even if Congress won't help

The National Park Service's announcement that they'll be phasing out sales of bottled water in some parks and replacing them with reusable bottles and refilling stations was met with outrage by, and this is a real thing, the powerful bottled water industry. Show More Summary

Tracking City-Dwelling Coyotes in Los Angeles

2 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

The National Park Service is tracking the movement of two coyotes to find out how the animals live in their unusual urban habitat.

Park Service to Big Water: No federal funding for bottled water bans? We’ll find our own money, thanks.

First, the National Park Service said it would cut back on selling its visitors bottled water to reduce the litter left behind. Now, Congress — under pressure from the powerful bottled water industry — is threatening to cut off the federal money the Park Service is using to replace the disposable plastic water bottles with refilling stations. […]

Cecil the Lion Death Investigated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has launched an investigation into the death of Cecil the lion, a beloved big cat killed by an American dentist earlier this month after being lured away from a Zimbabwean national park and onto a private farm. “The U.S. Show More Summary

Wildlife: Biologists Have Discovered Los Angeles's Urban Coyotes Are Neighborhood Stereotypes

Image via National Park Service For the first time ever, the National Park Service is studying the coyotes of urban Los Angeles—it's looked at the mountain coyotes before, but these are the first city-dwellers—and it's found they pretty much...

Two urban LA coyotes collared by National Park Service

Female C-144 has cubs in the Westlake district. Male C-145 ranges around the Silver Lake area. There's a new urban wildlife blog too.

National Park Service Warns Visitors to Stop Bison Selfies After Woman is Attacked

A 43-year-old was flipped by a large bison while trying to take a photo with the animal

John Hennessy Leads the Way

There is no public historian that I respect more than John Hennessy, who is currently the National Park Service’s chief historian at the Fredericksburg &…

Check Out These Cool Nature-Monument Mashups in New Campaign for National Park Service

Grey New York is doing some fancy Photoshop work to highlight the glory of American nature and monuments in a compelling new outdoor and print campaign for the National Park Service. The agency is using mashups to contrast the diversity of the 407 American destinations overseen by the government agency. Show More Summary

This Image From Outside Obama's Hotel Shows The Confederate Flag Debate Isn't Over

The Confederate flag may have recently been removed from South Carolina and Alabama's Capitol grounds and pulled from the shelves of National Park Service gift shops, but it's not gone for good. The image above shows a group of protesters...Show More Summary

Rad Restorations: Magnificent $10M Restoration of Teddy Roosevelt's Sagamore Hill Home Exemplifies Peak Taxidermy

The library at Sagamore Hill, Theodore Roosevelt's Oyster Bay, New York residence that just underwent a $10 million restoration and reopened this past weekend. All photos courtesy the National Park Service unless otherwise noted. One of the final things...

Squirrel Eats Snake: Has The World Gone Nuts?

A photo of a squirrel holding a snake just moments before making it dinner has gone viral. The photo, posted by the National Park Service, shows a rock squirrel in West Texas ready to eat a snake. The popular photo was taken by a park ranger at Guadalupe Mountain National Park, reports the Huffington Post. Show More Summary

How Big Water is trying to stop the National Park Service from cleaning up plastic bottles that are fouling the parks

The National Park Service thought it had a good strategy for reining in the discarded water bottles that clog the trash cans and waste stream of the national parks: stop selling disposable bottles and let visitors refill reusable ones with public drinking water. But Big Water has stepped in to block the parks from banning the […]

National Parks and Minorities

Glenn Nelson challenges the National Park Service to do more to welcome minorities. He notes how very few visitors to national parks are people of color and the very strong disconnect between these central places in the American experience and minorities. The place to start is the National Park Service. About 80 percent of park […]

LGBTs and the National Parks

The gay ranger who is helping make the National Park Service a little more queer. read more

House Bans Confederate Flags at Federal Cemetaries

The low-profile move came Tuesday evening after a brief debate on a measure funding the National Park Service, which maintains 14 national cemeteries, most of which contain graves of Civil War soldiers. The flag ban was adopted by a voice vote. Show More Summary

US House cancels vote on measure defending Confederate flag

3 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday abruptly canceled a vote on a measure that would have defended the flying of the Confederate banner in cemeteries operated by the National Park Service. The House canceled consideration of a fiscal 2016 spending bill that would...

House Republicans agree to, then try to overturn, Confederate flag bans

Really, guys? On Tuesday, the House of Representatives banned the display of Confederate flags in federal cemeteries and prohibited the National Park Service from selling Confederate flags in gift shops. On Thursday, even as South Carolina's...Show More Summary

D.C. community calendar, July 9-16, 2015

Thursday, July 9Memorials of the Mall A National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour of America’s front yard. Daily from 10 a.m.-noon and 8-10 p.m. Lincoln Memorial, Plaza, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. 202-426-6841. Free.Read full article >>

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