• Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the national park.

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Issue 5 > Links to... air & sky resources
Temperature and wind sensors at Cove Mountain.

Temperature and wind sensors at Cove Mountain.

NPS photo.

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National air quality & views information

Great Smoky Mountains air quality & views information

Acid Deposition

Mercury deposition


Ozone & Meteorology


Ultraviolet (UV) Monitoring—EPA

Night Skies

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Did You Know?

Great Horned Owls can be heard most often in January and February

More than 240 species of birds have been found in the park. Sixty species are year-round residents. Nearly 120 species breed in the park, including 52 species from the neo-tropics. Many other species use the park as an important stopover and foraging area during their semiannual migration. More...