Tag Archives: National Parks

Listening to Nature Gives You a Real Rocky Mountain High | Science | Smithsonian Magazine

Sounds like birdsong and flowing water may alleviate stress, help lower blood pressure and lead to feelings of tranquility

A creek runs by moss-covered rocks not far From Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park. Researchers have found that listening to natural sounds like running water may benefit human health. (Naphat Photography via Getty Images)

By Brian Handwerk, smithsonianmag.com
April 5, 2021

Miles away from the nearest road in Colorado’s Wheeler Geologic Area, the problem of noise pollution hit home for conservation biologist Rachel Buxton.

‘It was a gorgeous, remote valley, and then a plane flew over and you could hear the noise for ages as it reverberated in the valley,” she says. “I remember thinking, ‘wow, this is a really pervasive issue.’”

Buxton teamed up with researchers from the National Park Service and Colorado State University to author a 2019 study documenting manmade noise in U.S. national parks.

SmithsonianMag · Birds Singing at Dawn in Rocky Mountain National Park

The study was part of a growing pile of research exploring noise’s negative impacts on animals and humans alike. Noise makes it hard for animals to find food and mates and can lead humans to suffer stress, high blood pressure and other ailments.

Source: Listening to Nature Gives You a Real Rocky Mountain High | Science | Smithsonian Magazine

How the Buffalo Soldiers Became America’s First Park Rangers – Sunset – Sunset Magazine

Courtesy of the National Park Service 24th Infantry Buffalo Soldiers patrol Yosemite in 1899.
Courtesy of the National Park Service 24th Infantry Buffalo Soldiers patrol Yosemite in 1899.

The soldiers would leave an indelible mark through numerous environmental firsts.

J.D. Simkins  – February 12, 2021 | Updated February 22, 2021

Before the organization of the National Park Service, Buffalo Soldiers served as some of America’s First national park rangers.

Source: How the Buffalo Soldiers Became America’s First Park Rangers – Sunset – Sunset Magazine

Airstream Partners With National Forest Foundation To Clean Up Campsites And Trails Across America – National Forest Foundation

Matching fundraising campaign will offset impacts to campers by the partial government shutdown

Source: Airstream Partners With National Forest Foundation To Clean Up Campsites And Trails Across America – National Forest Foundation

Total Eclipse 2017 | National Park Foundation

A total eclipse is nature at its most incredible. It lasts less than three minutes and along its path, twilight suddenly descends where there

Source: Total Eclipse 2017 | National Park Foundation

Haleakala National Park — The Greatest American Road Trip

A year-long adventure to all 59 of the U.S. National Parks during 52 weeks to celebrate the NPS centennial in 2016. #59in52

Source: Haleakala National Park — The Greatest American Road Trip