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.
DOINews: NE CSC Investigators Present at the Midwest Fisheries and Wildlife Conference
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NE CSC Investigators present at the Midwest Fisheries and Wildlife Conference.
Symposium: Application of GIS to Advance Fisheries Science
Title: A Stream Temperature Inventory Network and Decision Support Metadata Mapper for North East U.S.
Authors: Yin-Phan Tsang, Jana Stewart, Dana Infante
Affiliation: Michigan State University, U.S. Geological Survey
ABSTRACT: Stream temperature is a key factor in determining the distribution of aquatic organisms and affects nearly all aspects of stream ecology and water-quality processes. Climate change is expected to alter stream temperature over the coming decades, and in turn influence distributions of aquatic species in freshwater ecosystems. To better understand these changes, there is a need to inventory, compile, and collect both short-and long-term stream temperature data. This project is a joint group effort to develop a web-based decision support mapper to display and integrate stream temperature monitoring locations and networks. We will compile information from multiple agencies and organizations about stream temperature data and monitoring locations and networks in New England and the Great Lakes States. Data stewards will be provided with a list of requested metadata elements associated with the stream temperature data such as monitoring agency, site locations, period and frequency of records, etc. We target both continuous and instantaneous stream temperature data that reflect average temperature conditions of streams. Additional information such as paired air temperature, water quality, or aquatic biota monitoring data will also be collected. Stream temperature metadata will be combined into a common format in order to inventory, summarize, and map the information from multiple agencies. The final product will be developed for data stewards to manage and to design future monitoring efforts, and the web-based decision support mapper will supply climate related research for temperature modeling and assist stakeholders for decision making.