Tag Archives: National Parks

Avian Botulism Takes its Toll: Scientists Continue to Look for Clues

By Howard Meyerson Joe Kaplan didn’t have to look far to find dead birds in 2007. Thousands had washed up on the northern Lake Michigan shoreline, from Sleeping Bear Dunes north across the Upper Peninsula. Carcasses littered the light-colored sands. … Continue reading

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North Country Trail: Fife Lake loop trail now open

By Howard Meyerson FIFE LAKE, MI — The cool of early morning clung to the forest landscape and highway sounds carried through the trees, but Marilyn Hoodstraten and Deena Barshney were busy at their tasks, paint brushes in hand. Each … Continue reading

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Between a rock and a hard place: Michigan’s national parks cut services amid budget woes

By Howard Meyerson Hikers intending to backpack on Isle Royale this summer might want to pay extra attention to their planning. Fewer rangers will be stationed on the remote and rugged Lake Superior island, meaning fewer first-responders will be available … Continue reading

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Backcountry: Bear Spray

Last year was a bad year in terms of human/bear interactions at national parks. There are some who are suggesting that changes in climate may be contributing to the increase in attacks, having impacted the availability of natural foods. Whether … Continue reading

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Licking the Differences: A peace accord

Photo found at Eastern National on Facebook, a non-profit organization founded by National Park rangers in 1847.

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North Country Trail: America’s longest footpath celebrated at national conference in Michigan

By Howard Meyerson LOWELL, MI — If you ask Dave Cornell about long-distance hiking, the 73-year-old Delton resident is unequivocal about its place in life. “Hiking has made a difference. It saved my life. There is nothing like strapping on … Continue reading

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The Best of Trees: Redwoods

There is nothing like hiking in the redwoods to give one a sense of place in the natural world.  Photo: National Park Service

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Whose Trail is it? Making Way for Bikes in National Parks

There has been a longstanding debate about bicycles in national parks. Should they or shouldn’t they be allowed? And if so, where? And where are they not appropriate? Cyclists, particularly mountain bikers, have been pushing for greater access in recent … Continue reading

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Bear precautions taken in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park have closed two backcountry campsites due to overly familiar black bear. Park officials say no one has been hurt. The closures are simply a precaution, a story in the Asheville Citizen-Times reports. Bears … Continue reading

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Great News: Plovers nest on South Manitou Island.

Good news today from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore which released this photo of the first piping plover nest on South Manitou Island in Lake Michigan. Plovers are on the federal endangered species list. Michigan and federal authorities have been … Continue reading

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