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: The North Central Climate Science Center Welcomes Brian Miller to its Staff!
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Starting in the fall of 2013, Colorado State University hired Dr. Brian Miller to join the North Central Climate Science Center. Brian is working with the Center to make climate science more relevant to resource managers by developing tools for climate change scenario planning. He earned his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also worked at the Carolina Population Center. His dissertation focused on how conservation areas and land use changes have affected access to drought resource areas in East Africa, how these changes in resource access have influenced the livelihood decisions of Maasai pastoralists, and how livelihood decisions and resource management institutions have affected rangeland rivers. More broadly, Brian's research addresses the ways in which resource management initiatives influence social dynamics, and how these social changes in turn affect ecosystems. He draws on a variety of research methods, including remote sensing, geospatial mapping, household surveys, interviews, measures of fluvial geomorphology, and agent-based modeling. He has applied these methods to questions of resource management in East Africa and the Galápagos Islands, and is now expanding his work to the western U.S.