National Park Service: Ground Sloths, Cheetahs and Mountain Goats—Oh My! Thousands of Grand Canyon fossils revealed in paleontological inventory

National Park Service: Ground Sloths, Cheetahs and Mountain Goats—Oh My! Thousands of Grand Canyon fossils revealed in paleontological inventory. “The Grand Canyon National Park Centennial Paleontological Resource Inventory represents the largest park-specific fossil inventory in National Park Service history…. Thanks to the collective contributions of National Park Service staff, park partners and other paleontologists, this new paleontological inventory catalogues fossil specimens in the park’s museum collection and will contribute to new educational and interpretive efforts on Grand Canyon paleontology.”

National Park Service: Find your next adventure with the new National Park Service app

National Park Service: Find your next adventure with the new National Park Service app. “Created by park rangers with visitors in mind, the NPS App gives the public up-to-date information about all 423 national parks in one easy-to-use app. Visitors can download the NPS App in the iOS App Store and Google Play Store to plan a trip, find interactive maps, download maps and tours ahead of time and find things to do and places to visit during National Park Week and beyond.”

Penn State: Mining Twitter data may help National Parks staff gather feedback faster

Penn State: Mining Twitter data may help National Parks staff gather feedback faster. “The National Park system has been referred to as one of America’s national treasures. A team of Penn State researchers in the department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management and the Social Science Research Institute, report that mining tweets about the park may open up a rich vein of information that could lead to better service for park visitors while still protecting these national treasures and their wildlife.”

Federation of Genealogical Societies: FGS and National Park Service Announce Launch of US-Mexican War Soldier & Sailor Database

Federation of Genealogical Societies: FGS and National Park Service Announce Launch of US-Mexican War Soldier & Sailor Database. “The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the National Park Service’s Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park (NPS) announce the launch of the U.S.-Mexican War Soldier & Sailor database. This online, searchable database contains information for over 85,000 U.S. and Mexican veterans who served in this war. Many records include personal details, such as hair color and occupation.” Looks like the database will launch officially on January 27th.

Washington Post: Border fence construction could destroy archaeological sites, National Park Service finds

Washington Post: Border fence construction could destroy archaeological sites, National Park Service finds. “Bulldozers and excavators rushing to install President Trump’s border barrier could damage or destroy up to 22 archaeological sites within Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in coming months, according to an internal National Park Service report obtained by The Washington Post.”

Mashable: The sad silence of the National Parks Instagram accounts

Mashable: The sad silence of the National Parks Instagram accounts. “The photos and livestreams that happen across these accounts are key tools of advocacy for the parks, be it protection of wildlife living in the parks, educating the public on everything the National Park Service and its employees do, or even promoting ecologically-friendly behavior. By pulling in millions of people with stunning photos, the parks can then reach a much larger audience when they need to spread the word about conservation efforts or visitor tips, like what do when a bison walks up and licks your car.”

Google Adds Content From US National Parks Service

More National Parks: Google’s got some new National Parks Service content. “This Google Arts & Culture exhibit and interactive documentary in honor of this month’s [National Parks Service] Centennial is available on the web and in the Google Arts & Culture App on iOS/Android. You can immerse yourself in 360-degree video tours through some of the most remote and breathtaking places in five different National Parks. … At each park, a local ranger guides you through places most people never get to go — spelunking through ancient caves at Carlsbad Caverns, flying above active volcanoes in Hawai’i, and swimming through the coral reefs of the Dry Tortugas in Florida.”

New Digital Archive for Some National Parks in the US

Now available: a digital archive for some national parks in the United States. “The [Open Parks Network] features about 200,000 downloadable images, maps, architectural designs, engineering plans and 1.5 million pages from technical reports and journals that detail events from more than 20 national parks, state parks, historic sites and battlefields throughout the country…” The parks covered in the archive seem to be mostly in the southeastern US.

WCU Finishes Great Smoky Mountains National Park Digitizing Project

Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library has completed its digitizing of Great Smoky Mountains National Park materials. “For the past four years, library staff worked with the Smokies and the state’s Western Regional Archives to select archival material to scan, describe and upload for easy access. The collection is extensive, with almost 10,000 pages and images, including photographs, historic documents, government reports, maps, surveys of land, letters, journals, booklets, artifacts and administrative records.”

Online Archive of National Park Maps

There was an article about it at the beginning of May, but I’m only just now reading about this online archive of National Park maps. “During the government shutdown of 2013, with plenty of free time on his hands, [Park Ranger Matt] Holly put his interests together and launched the website National Park Maps. The idea was to build a hub for browsing and downloading maps from all of the national parks without having to visit multiple websites, even though he had no idea how to develop a website at the time.” Sounds like my kind of guy. Currently the site has over 1000 maps.

US National Park Service Joins Google Cultural Institute

The National Park Service is joining the Google Cultural Institute. “Visitors to the National Park Service ‘channel’ will be able to view more than 3,800 works of art, artifacts and records, as well as a Centennial Virtual Exhibit, which features a significant museum object from over 350 national park sites. Users can also build their own collections to share or take virtual, panoramic tours of eminent Americans’ homes.”

Google and National Park Service Teaming Up For.. Something

The National Park Service and Google are … teaming up for something, according to this announcement advisory, but not too many details yet. (The announcement is today.) “On Thursday, February 11, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will host an event at Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama to announce a public-private partnership between the National Park Service and Google to share the diverse history and culture of America with a global audience. Google’s Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights Malika Saada Sar will join Secretary Jewell for the announcement.” So some kind of expansion of the Google Cultural Institute?