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: North Central CSC Welcomes Announcement of USDA Climate Hubs
Last edited 4/26/2016
The North Central Climate Science Center is pleased to see the announcement of the USDA Climate Hubs. The NC CSC continues to be in close communication with the team leads for the Northern Plains Hub. The NC CSC is excited about the additional attention and resources the USDA hubs will bring to the arena of climate science and land management. Their focus on agricultural and private lands should compliment well the NC CSC's focus on DOI lands. There is also the potential for mutually beneficial forest-related climate science activities where collaboration will be explored. Further, close communication and coordination between the NC CSC and the USDA hubs, as well as with NOAA's Western Water Assessment and National Integrated Drought Information Service, will ensure maximizing leverage and expertise among these groups.