November is Manatee Awareness Month; but no matter what time of year it is, manatees deserve to be celebrated. These amazing creatures fulfill a unique niche by serving as indicator species for ecosystems across the United States. Because of their reliance on the health of their habitat, manatees often act as a signal of their environment’s well-being. NOAA photo by Michael Buchanan.
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.
The attached is guidance for the development of pre-proposals and preliminary guidance for full proposals for the first round of science projects to be sponsored by the NE CSC. This process is a prototype for the proposal process, which in the future will be guided by the NECSC Advisory Council and by the NE CSC Strategic Plan, once those structures and documents are in place. The NE CSC Preliminary Science Focus Areas, is our working document and guidance while the Strategic Science Plan is under development. This abbreviated process is due to the tight time constraints imposed by the 2012 budget cycle.
Federal funds administered by the Northeast Climate Science Center are available to investigators affiliated with the NE CSC Consortium of Universities hosted by the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in collaboration with the College of Menominee Nation, Columbia University, Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, (Columbia), and the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and to USGS Science Centers, Cooperative Research Units and the USGS National Research Program and Water Resource Research Institutes. Each proposal must have a Principal Investigator (PI) from an eligible entity. Parties from other organizations (Federal, state, tribal, or other) not listed here may (serve as co-PIs) on projects headed by a Consortium University or USGS PI.
Estimated Available Funds
In Fiscal Year 2012, $530,000 in Federal funds will be administered by the NE CSC to support new projects funded through this solicitation and other priorities at the discretion of the NECSC Director. The core funding for the NE CSC comes from the U.S. Department of the Interior through the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Project awards may be funded for a maximum of 2 fiscal years; however, the total cost of a two year project may not exceed $150,000, unless otherwise noted, which includes total project costs (direct plus indirect costs).
Pre-proposals are due on March 30, 2012 by the end of the day.