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: NE CSC Director Visits Upper Midwest Forest Service Partners
Last edited 4/26/2016
During the week of April 21, Mary Ratnaswamy, Northeast Climate Science Center Director, participated in a tour of the Upper Midwest Forest Service Partners to learn about collaborative opportunities in climate and forestry.
In Rhinelander, WI Dr. Ratnaswamy met with USFS/Northern Research Station (Institute for Applied Ecosystem Studies) scientists working on white nose syndrome in bats, and climate change effects on endangered species habitats (Kirtlands warbler).
In Houghton, MI she met with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) to discuss their climate adaptation work, and the USFS/Northern Research Station presented information on the International Soils Carbon Network, Radiocarbon Collaborative and the Carbon, Water and Soils Lab.
Dr. Ratnaswamy also met Dave Hollinger, the new USDA Northeast Climate Hub Director. They discussed how the NE CSC and USDA Hub might coordinate as the Hub develops, in order to facilitate complimentary roles of science capacity, and science delivery. The USDA Climate Hub stakeholders, primarily agriculture and production forestry, are complementary with the NE CSC's primary natural resource stakeholders.
The NE CSC looks forward to possible future collaboration with these partners!