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.
"Since Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar appointed UMass Amherst host to the Department of the Interior's (DOI) Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC), local ecologists, conservation biologist, engineers, and climate scientists have busily aligned projects and data sets to get the largest of these national centers up and running. One of eight centers nationwide devoted to providing the scientific tools necessary to better prepare for the impacts of climate change, the Northeast region was one of the three final centers to be chosen as part of Secretary Salazar's national climate change strategy initiated in 2009.
Richard Palmer, civil and environmental engineering, directs the center's academic efforts and with NECSC's first permanent federal director, Mary Ratnaswamy, has been working to bring center partners online as well as bridge communication between the NECSC and other federal and regional centers. Partners in the northeast consortium include the College of Menominee Nation, Columbia University, Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, and the University of Wisconsin, in addition to UMass Amherst."