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: The NE CSC Presents a New Webinar Series: "Extreme Events and Climate Change: Adapting to an Uncertain Future"
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The NE CSC introduces the first webinars in a new series for the 2013-2014 academic year focusing on extreme events and climate change adaptation:
Monday, September 23, 3:30 pm ET - The New Communication Climate: Exploring how fast-evolving information pathways and platforms can limit losses where people live in harm's way, Andrew Revkin, The New York Times (Or join us live at ELab II, Room 119, UMass Amherst Campus)
Wednesday, October 9, 3:30 pm ET - Sustaining Forests in the Face of Uncertainty, Maria Janowiak, NIACS
Wednesday, October 23, 3:30 pm ET - Climate adaptation in the Great Lakes region: Application of networks of boundary organizations, Donald Scavia and Maria Carmen Lemos, GLISA
Wednesday, November 6, 3:30 pm ET - The Great Outdoors: How communities use and value New York City's natural areas and open spaces in an era of climate change, Erika Svendsen, US Forest Service
Wednesday, November 20, 3:30 pm ET - Conservation in the face of climate change: How can decision makers use the best available science in preparation for extreme events?, Michael Runge, USGS
Wednesday, December 4, 3:30 pm ET - Paleo perspectives on climate extremes, Raymond Bradley, UMass Amherst