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.
Dr. Richard Feldman joined the UMass NE CSC team today. Dr. Feldman's post-doctoral research will be focused on understanding how best to predict the response of birds to shifts in spatiotemporal variability of the environment. More specifically, he will evaluate the spatial relationships of migratory bird movements throughout the Gulf of Maine and how they are mediated by environmental factors, providing resource managers a tool for assessing effects of potential climate change and wind energy development on bird migration in the Gulf of Maine. His research will have direct relevance to the management of protected areas throughout the Gulf, and he will work with cooperators to develop and deliver outreach materials and activities as a part of the project. This research is a cooperative project between the Schoodic Education and Research Center at Acadia National Park, North Atlantic Coast Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the Northeast Climate Science Center.