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.
On Dec 4-5, a group of NE CSC-supported scientists met with managers involved in grassland bird conservation to begin to build a demographic database for a select group of grassland bird species.
Meeting Summary: The purpose of this meeting was to gather collaborators for the NE CSC-funded “Fitting the climate lens to grassland bird conservation: Assessing climate change vulnerability using demographically informed species distribution models” project. The meeting was held in Madison, WI on December 4-5, 2013. In attendance at the meeting was Christine Ribic (co-PI; USGS/UW Madison), Benjamin Zuckerberg (co-PI; USGS/UW Madison), Lisa McCauley (project postdoc; UW Madison), James Ellis (IL Natural History Survey, Prairie TAG Coordinator for ETPBR LCC), Scott Hull (WI DNR), David King (US Forest Service), Katie Koch (participating remotely; US FWS), Melinda Knutson (US FWS), David Lorenz (UW-Madison), Lars Pomera (UW Madison), Rosalind Renfrew (Vermont Center for Ecostudies), David Rugg (US Forest Service), David Sample (WI DNR), Susan Skagen (USGS), Gwen White (ETPBR LCC Science Coordinator), Tom Will (US FWS).
Goals for this meeting included: (1) establishing relationships among collaborators and project leaders; (2) remind collaborators of the project objectives/goals; (3) select and prioritize model species; (4) discuss climate sensitivities of grassland birds; (5) gather information about demographic data for grassland birds to begin building the demographic database; and (6) discuss current grassland bird projects and management and how this project can inform those projects.