(AP) — President Barack Obama says climate change is the biggest threat to U.S. national parks.
Obama says meadows are already drying out at Yosemite National Park in California, where he spoke Saturday after spending the night in the park with his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha.
He adds that a rabbit-like animal known as a pika is being forced further upslope in Yosemite to escape warming temperatures.
Obama and his family are spending the weekend at Yosemite after touring an underground cave Friday at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico.
He wants more people to appreciate and visit America's national park as the system nears its 100th birthday in August.
Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder U.S. President Obama walks with National Geographic through a forest at the base of Yosemite Falls inside Yosemite National Park this morning. Marking the 100 year anniversary of the US Park Service, and Father's Day weekend, the President and his family our touring Yosemite. For more coverage of the Presidential park visit please follow here, at NatGeo's Facebook page and @dguttenfelder
Original post: President Obama is speaking at Yosemite to mark the 100th anniversary of the National Park System.
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