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.
The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) is co-sponsoring the 3rd Annual Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference in Boise, Idaho, October 1-2, 2012. The conference provides a forum for researchers, resource managers, and policy-makers to exchange scientific results and management and adaptation strategies for the region. Past conferences were held in Portland, Oregon, in 2010 and Seattle, Washington, in 2011. NW CSC Director Gustavo Bisbal and Research Coordinator Nicole DeCrappeo will give a presentation on October 1 entitled, "The Northwest Climate Science Center: coordinating climate science and evaluating resource conservation efforts in the Pacific Northwest," explaining the NW CSC's mission, goals, and science agenda. The NW CSC's sponsorship will be used to support travel and conference participation for 17 students from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, which aligns with the center's objective to promote career development, encourage broad participation, and support education for young scientists in the region. The concept of offering training and education services for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers is one of five foundational objectives described in the NW CSC's Strategic Plan 2012-2015 released in January 2012. NW CSC PI's Steve Daley-Laursen and Philip Mote served on the planning committees for the conference.