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.
Professor Dennis Ojima will deliver a lecture titled “Emerging Challenges for Natural Resource Management under Changing Climate” as part of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems Distinguished Speaker Series on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at The University of Montana. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in Interdisciplinary Science Building Room 110.
Ojima is a professor at the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and a senior scholar at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. He also is the university consortium coordinator for the recently established U.S. Geological Survey North Central Climate Science Center. His research focuses on global change effects on ecosystems, including climate and land-use changes, carbon-accounting methods for forest carbon sequestration and adaptation, and mitigation strategies to climate change.
Ojima is an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow and has received recognition for his international contributions to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. He received the 2005 Zayed International Prize for the Environment and the International Panel on Climate Change 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
The Institute on Ecosystems Distinguished Speaker Series provides opportunity for faculty and students to connect with the brightest, most interesting scholars in environmental disciplines.
Approved by the Montana Board of Regents in November 2011, the Institute on Ecosystems is a community of 200 scholars across the Montana University System with the goal of advancing integrated discovery, education and engagement in the environmental and ecosystem sciences. The institute, co-located at Montana State University and UM, is supported by a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.