Mirror Lake-A Cloudy Mirror for Nature’s Majesty

Every spring, the Tenaya Creek washes tons of silt and mud down the canyon and  into Mirror Lake, and in summer the lake dries up. Until the early 1970s, the National Park Service dredged the lake periodically to preserve it as a popular tourist attraction, but since...

Delaware Bayshores

Shoreline erosion, invasive reeds, oil spills, farming, and human and animal activity at popular beaches all threaten nesting and foraging habitat for migratory birds on this major migration route. While much of this region...

Daintree Rainforest

Befor the Daintree Rainforest was a protected area,several sections were sold to private landowners. Some landowners are concerned about conservation and appreciative of the rainforest’s environmental importance, others are lobbying for power lines, bridges, and...

Hell’s Canyon-Turning Back the Wilderness Clock

Hell's Canyon national recreation area has been gradually reclaimed and returned to  wilderness  status  after  many  years  as  farmland  and  pasture.  But  environmental threats come in many forms. Today, Hell’s Canyon is under attack by noxious weeds such as...

Fiordlands National Park

The hole in the ozone layer that has threatened south island for decades has started to close, but the danger isn’t over yet. While the human-produced chemicals that weakened the ozone layer have been banned...

Discover Lake Lucerne

Lucerne, with its background of snowcapped mountains and its fairy-tale turrets and covered medieval wooden bridges, is one ofthe world's most romantic and elegant cities. Its Alpine charm hides an up-to-the-minute town crammed with...

Veracruz River of Raptors

Every year, millions of North American raptors come to Veracruz, stopping to rest en route to their winter habitats in Latin America. Threats to this vital link in the raptor flyway include habitat loss due to agriculture, ranching, and development. Conservation groups work to...

Shenandoah National Park – The Bear Necessities

Air pollution from factories and power plants in the midwest and mid - atlantic  states poses a serious threat to Shenandoah National Park, poisoning streams and killing or weakening trees, ferns, and other plants throughout the park,...

How to: Visit Banff on a Budget

The Canadian resort town of Banff was founded in the late 1880s as a retreat for the rich, so it’s no surprise that you can spend a small fortune in this hot spring haven....

The sonoran desert

Local people say that no one can walk the Sonoran Desert and not be changed; that it has a natural power that both uplifts and humbles the spirit. Ringed by mountains and stretching across...

Lake Sunapee

In a state that offers every conceivable outdoor distraction, the Lake Sunapee area is one of New Hampshire's prime playgrounds. Located on the periphery of New Hampshire's Lakes Region, Sunapee boasts top-notch recreation opportunities year-round...

The Shores of Biscayne Bay-Last Stand of the Mangroves

Mangroves are a crucial element of Florida's ecosystem. Mangrove stands used to line the coast, until hotel developers started ripping them out to gain access to the shores for high-rises and swimming beaches. Today, it’s illegal...

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