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: “Why Was Hurricane Sandy So Damaging? Sea-Level Rise and Geomorphic Dominance on Storm Impacts"
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On Wednesday, February 26, at 3:30pm ET, Jonathan Woodruff of UMass Amherst will discuss how changes in storm climatology, relative sea level rise, and the form and behavior of shorelines have governed past changes in coastal flooding by storms in the northeast. A main point of the talk will be to highlight that rising sea level and associated shoreline change will likely become the two dominant drivers of increased periods of extreme coastal inundation, irrespective of changes in future storm climatology. To highlight this point he will present new observations of resulting sedimentation and shoreline impacts by Hurricane Sandy compared to past storm events.