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 Welcomes Michelle Staudinger as the New Science Coordinator
Last edited 4/26/2016
The NE CSC is pleased to welcome Michelle Staudinger as our new Science Coordinator!
Michelle joined the NE CSC team after completing a postdoctoral position with the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center in Reston, VA. She maintains a post-doctoral affiliation with NE CSC Consortium Institution University of Missouri Columbia, within the USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Her expertise and training includes marine science, fisheries, trophic ecology, and climate change impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems. Recently she served as lead author on the National Climate Assessment's technical input report, "Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services". Michelle is also a lead author on two articles in an upcoming Special Issue in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment due out this fall. The NE CSC is excited that Michelle is joining the leadership team and look forward to her experience and enthusiasm in guiding the research collaborations of the NE CSC.