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.
DOINews: Amy Birtwistle Receives NASA DEVELOP Excellence Award
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Congratulations to intern Amy Birtwistle for her award as “DEVELOPer of the Term” for spring 2013.
The award distinguishes Amy from more than 330 NASA DEVELOP interns across the nation for her outstanding contributions and performance. She is a second-term DEVELOP intern at the NC CSC and a Master's student in watershed science at Colorado State University, the site of one of the newest DEVELOP Programs in the country. Amy has worked on two on-going landscape-scale projects; examining the long-term impacts of pine beetles on forests, and baseline mapping of headwaters and wetlands for long-term monitoring. She has also been a leader in geospatial analyses for our team of interns and has played a leading role in training new interns. Amy continues a trend of excellence from the NASA DEVELOP students working through the NC CSC. Steve Chignell was the term's runner-up last fall, and Matt Luizza was awarded one of two student scholarship awarded last summer by the NASA DEVELOP Program.