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. Gustavo Bisbal is the Director of the Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC), one of eight centers in the United States at the core of the Department of the Interior's climate change response strategy. The NW CSC was established in 2010 to coordinate the expertise of federal and university researchers to provide scientific information and tools necessary to address federal, state, and tribal resource managers' priorities in response to a changing climate.
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Bisbal served in the Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science, at the U.S. Department of State. He helped advance U.S. foreign policy objectives related to ocean sciences and resource management by holding leadership roles as the Department's Officer to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, and as Alternate Head of the U.S. delegation to UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. Between 2002 and 2006, Dr. Bisbal was the Manager of the Columbia River Basin and Water Development Branch at the Oregon Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Between 1994 and 2002, as Senior Science and Policy Analyst with the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, he was responsible for the integration of scientific information into policy decisions to protect and restore fish and wildlife resources in the Columbia River basin.
Dr. Bisbal's graduate education at the University of Rhode Island includes both a Ph.D. and a Master of Science in Biological Oceanography, and a Master in Marine Affairs.