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: Upcoming Webinar: "Recognizing Resilience: Understanding Community Based Responses to Acute and Chronic Disturbance"
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Please join the Northeast Climate Science Center on November 6, 2013 at 3:30 PM EST for a webinar: "Recognizing Resilience: Understanding community based responses to acute and chronic disturbance".
Speaker: Erika Svendsen, US Forest Service
In order to fill critical gaps in our understanding of social and environmental change, this presentation will explore how community-based environmental stewardship plays a role in the resilience cycle. Understanding stewardship as part of a larger social-ecological system aids in our collective ability to exchange information, innovate, respond and leverage resources critical to improving conditions in a changing climate. This presentation will draw from research and methods from a number of study areas including acts of terrorism, severe storms and economic downturns.
Erika Svendsen is a Research Social Scientist with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, within the unit, "People and their environments: Social science supporting natural resource management and policy". Her research interests involve all aspects of urban environmental stewardship and how systems of stewardship shape new forms of governance, collective resilience, sacred space and human well-being. She studies these systems from the perspective of individuals and organizations.
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