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 Spring 2014 Webinar Series to Focus on Extreme Events and Climate Change!
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The NE CSC will continue their webinar series for the spring semester under the theme, "Extreme Events and Climate Change: Adapting to an Uncertain Future". Six interdisciplinary speakers will cover topics ranging from sea level rise, hurricane risk, sustainable forestry, and the impacts of extreme events on breeding birds. Participants are encouraged to bring questions for discussion. Please join by webinar or in person (134 Morrill Science Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst)!
February 12 - Robert Thieler, USGS Woods Hole, “Sea-level Rise, Coastal Change, and Decision Making in an Uncertain Future”
February 26 - Jonathan Woodruff, UMass Amherst, “Why Was Hurricane Sandy So Damaging? Sea-level Rise and Geomorphic Dominance on Storm Impacts”
March 12 - Kerry Emanuel, MIT, “Hurricanes and Hurricane Risk in a Changing Climate”
March 26 - Maria Janowiak, NIACS, “Sustaining Forests in the Face of Uncertainty”
April 9 - Brooke Bateman, Univ. Wisconsin, "Relevance of Extreme Events for Breeding Birds: Coping with Extreme Weather and Climate Change"
April 23 - Keith Nislow, UMass Amherst, "Extreme Climate Events and Species Population Dynamics: Overriding Influence or Not Such a Big Deal?"