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 Northeast Climate Science Center recently produced its 2012 Annual Report, the first since the CSC was established in March 2012. The document details the research capacity of the NE CSC Consortium, highlights several projects and research areas, and sets out the Priority Science Themes established through stakeholder feedback during the CSC's first year of operation. During a year of unprecedented climate impacts to the natural resources of the Northeast region, the NE CSC assembled a leadership team to guide the enterprise in expanding its stakeholder base and delivering high quality science. The first steps of the CSC included completing a Draft Strategic Science Agenda, establishing a Stakeholder Advisory Committee, hosting 2 Stakeholder Outreach and Science Planning Meetings, funding $550,000 in stakeholder-driven climate research, and training the first 15 Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows in stakeholder-driven climate science techniques. Please take a look at the Annual Report and learn more about the people and the research behind NE CSC activities accomplished in 2012!