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.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
DOINews: NE CSC Science Coordinator Discusses Climate Impacts on Ecological Systems in the Northeast
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Michelle Staudinger, Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) Science Coordinator, will give a talk on May 6th at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife "Brown Bag Lecture Series" on "Climate Impacts on Ecological Systems in the Northeastern United States".
This lecture will discuss the process and results of the technical workgroup on Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services that contributed to a recent (November 2013) Special Issue in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment and the soon to be released 2014 National Climate Assessment. In addition, Michelle will provide an overview of the science priorities and activities of the NE CSC that seek to address regional challenges presented by climate change.
A selection of recent studies demonstrating the diverse array of observed (black icons) and projected (white icons) biological responses to climate change across the US. FromStaudinger et al., 2013in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.