Park winter operations have resumed.
Important Shutdown Notice: During a Federal government shutdown, we do not monitor or update social media. Some North Cascades National Park Service Complex areas are accessible, however access may change without notice, and there are no NPS-provided services. For more information, www.nps.gov/noca
Year of the Bird!
2018 marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a federal law that protects migratory birds and makes it illegal to take, possess, import, or export any migratory bird. In honor of this powerful bird-protection law, organizations and bird lovers across the world are celebrating birds in 2018 while raising awareness of challenges, threats, and changes faced by many bird species today.
Join us in 2018 for the “Year of the Bird” and celebrate the beauty of birds in the North Cascades. Are you curious about what kind of birds you can find in the park? Explore at the ebird kiosk in North Cascades Visitor Center when open during the summer season or ebird online during the offseason!
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A day in the life... Field notes from the park geologist on a recent trip to Noisy Glacier, "On Sunday evening about 8 pm we were on Noisy Glacier and witnessed a remarkable event - the coming to the surface of literally millions of ice worms to feed on pollen and algae in the fading sunlight. I did a square meter count and reached ~800 worms. Extrapolated to the entire glacier surface there were about 400 million worms at the surface of Noisy Glacier. Not sure if is reasonable to extrapolate further, but if all the glaciers at NOCA (North Cascades) had this many ice worms, the total population in the park would be on the order of 75 billion...." Later small birds, possibly a finch species, were seen feeding on unsuspecting worms.
Photos by Bill Baccus