Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
The Department of the Interior (DOI) North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC) provides scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and other parties interested in land, water, wildlife and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.
The NC CSC consortium and partners provide expertise in climate science, ecology, impacts assessment, modeling, urban environments, and advanced information technology. The NC CSC brings together the latest data, tools, and knowledge on the impacts of climate change, and works directly with resource managers to promote climate-informed conservation and provides researchers an opportunity to work with an engaged and proactive applied management community. Providing users with data, technology, and training that incorporates the best possible understanding of past, present, and future climate into the decision process is an important goal for the NC CSC. This expertise is needed to deal with climate issues in the North Central region, where changes in temperature and precipitation are predicted to have significant effects on streams, forests, and agricultural lands, in addition to the fish, wildlife, and human communities supported by these environments.
The NC CSC is hosted by Colorado State University and is comprised of a regional University Consortium that includes researchers, students, and staff from: Colorado State University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Montana State University, the University of Wyoming, Colorado School of Mines, the University of Montana, Iowa State University, and Kansas State University. In addition to the host and consortium institutions, the NC CSC also collaborates with other important partner institutions including USGS Centers and DOI Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. To learn more about the NC CSC university consortium, please visit the university consortium website.
The NC CSC was created by Secretarial Order 3289 and was established at CSU in 2011. The NE CSC is one of eight regional Climate Science Centers managed by the U.S. Geological Survey's National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC). The NCCWSC and USGS support the North Central Climate Science Center in producing partner-driven science and management tools.