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 North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC) recently partnered with the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) to provide a regional offering of the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment training. This three-day class took place in Jackson, WY, April 22-24, 2014. The training included three additional events outside of the standard curriculum including 1) a talk on national-level climate change strategies, by Paul Wagner with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, 2) a summary of an existing Vulnerability Assessment from Colorado's Gunnison Basin, by Renee Rondeau with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program, and 3) a field trip to beetle infested white bark pine communities.
Team members from two of the three management-focused projects funded by the NC CSC attended the course as well as members from multiple tribal communities. The USGS provided a facilitator (Geneva Chong) and two instructors (Laura Thompson and Jeff Morisette). The NC CSC host institution, Colorado State University, provided funding and logistical support as well as one instructor (Brian Miller). Others involved in the course include NCTC facilitator, Ashley Fortune, and Jennie Hoffman with Adaptation/Insight.