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.
Born in Lima, Perú, Isabel received her BS in Economic Science from the Universidad del Pacífico. She worked for the World Wildlife Fund-Perú as a budgeting analyst and for the United Nations Environment Programme in Panamá, where she dealt with conservationist projects that were approached from the concept of "ecosystem for human well-being" in the implementation of their activities. She has worked as a consultant for WWF-Panama, Audubon Society, and the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean to identify and evaluate measures to reduce vulnerability to climate variability in the Panama Canal basin. Isabel's MS in Applied Economics/Resources and Environmental Economics at Oregon State University focused on estimating the demand for roundwood from sawmills and plywoods in Oregon. She started her doctoral work in Applied Economics at OSU in 2012, studying the economics of climate change for possible impacts on the region and evaluating mitigation and adaptation strategies.