Yellowstone news available on your desktop
by Yellowstone National Park
March 16, 2009
Changes in technology have made it easier than ever to find out what is happening at the world’s first national park.
Yellowstone National Park issues about 100 news releases a year. They often contain information about seasonal changes or temporary, emergency closures useful in trip planning.
Regularly checking the news releases is a good way to keep up-to-date on park wildlife management, projects, special events, visitation, winter use, and other issues. Many Yellowstone news releases include publication quality images. These news releases are now available through a free web feed to your computer.
The technology is called RSS, which stands for Really Simple Syndication. It allows you to subscribe to news feeds of your choice. When the content provider posts something new to the web, it automatically shows up in your RSS reader.
The internet browser you currently use to ‘surf the web probably has a built in RSS reader. You can also use your favorite internet search engine to find several different stand-alone RSS reader programs.
After you’ve determined your web browser supports RSS feeds, or after you have installed an RSS reader, you can subscribe to the feed of Yellowstone’s news releases by going to www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/newsreleases.htm and clicking on the word "Subscribe" next to the orange RSS icon.
You don’t have to share any private information to subscribe to the feed, which is free of advertising. Several other National Park Service sites have also recently added RSS feeds of their news releases.
While adding this service, the park will continue to send news releases by e-mail to its current distribution list. Yellowstone is phasing out fax delivery of news releases.
More information is available by contacting the Yellowstone Public Affairs Office at 307-344-2015 during normal business hours, or by email at YELL_Public_Affairs@nps.gov.