National Park Service

Southern Plains Network (SOPN)

Southern Plains Network

Hereford and cattle egret at Lyndon Baines Johnson NHP Rattlesnake at Fort Union National Monument Spring wildflowers at Lake Meredith National Recreation Area Sunflower field at Capulin Volcano NM Burrowing owls at Sand Creek Massacre NHS Pedernales River at Lyndon Baines Johnson NHP Colorful flint at Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument The Lincoln Bridge at Chickasaw National Recreation Area American tree sparrow at Fort Larned NHS Pronghorn antelope at Sand Creek Massacre NHS Hiker at Capulin Volcano National Monument Lichens at Capulin Volcano National Monument Fish sampling at Fort Larned NHS Fort Union National Monument Cactus at Fort Union National Monument

The SOPN I&M Program is one of 32 National Park Service I&M Networks across the country established to facilitate collaboration, information sharing, and economies of scale in natural resource monitoring. It is comprised of 11 national park units, each of which contain a rich and varied array of natural and cultural resources. These parks and their partners are dedicated to understanding and preserving the region's unique resources through science and education.

This web site delivers information about these resources and the scientific activities underway in the SOPN. Learn more about what we're doing by exploring the links on the left or visit our park unit pages to find out about the resources found at each of these special places.


Featured Information

Praire Zepher Newsletter, Fall 2014

Prairie Zepher Fall 2014 cover

Our latest newsletter, the Prairie Zephyr is ready to be released! We have highlights about how we are protecting pollinators within the parks, updates on prairie restoration efforts, a story on how hummingbirds can indicate climate change. And find out about the various groups that the Southern Plains Network is working with.
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Video: Bent's Old Fort NHS - Part 1 of a Series Examining the Connections Between Humans and Nature Along the Santa Fe Trail (6.59)


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Video: Fort Union NM - Part 2 of a Series Examining the Connections Between Humans and Nature Along the Santa Fe Trail (5:22)


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Published Inventory & Monitoring Reports

2012 Landbird Monitoring Report Cover

A listing of published reports concerning natural resources that are monitored and managed at Southern Plains Network parks.
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