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.
Prior to serving as the Communications Coordinator for the Northwest Climate Science Center, Lisa Hayward was a Science & Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. As a Fellow Lisa worked within the Ecosystems Mission area of the U.S. Geological Survey. She spent one year at headquarters in Reston, working to improve data infrastructure. For her second year she returned to Seattle to help build the communications program at Western Fisheries Research Center. Lisa received her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Washington (UW) investigating stress physiology in birds under the supervision of John C. Wingfield. As a post-doctoral student she studied the impacts of motorcycles on spotted owls in Northern California. This work was conducted with Sam Wasser, director of the UW Center for Conservation Biology and collaborators in the U.S. Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and NGOs, including the Blue Ribbon Coalition. As an undergraduate at Carleton College in Northfield, MN Lisa majored in Biology and English. She has authored multiple journal articles, magazine stories, book chapters for general audiences, technical reports for the National Parks Conservation Association, science briefs, web content and press releases. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Sean Watts, and son Henry.