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: Dr. Nicole DeCrappeo Hired as Research Coordinator for the Northwest Climate Science Center
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In November 2012, the NW CSC hired Dr. Nicole DeCrappeo to better administer and coordinate the growing regional climate science effort. Prior to joining the NW CSC, Nicole worked at the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center in Corvallis, Oregon, for 10 years as a soil ecologist, and she brings extensive knowledge of the scientific issues of the Northwest and the Great Basin in particular. Her duties at the NW CSC are to inventory current climate science research projects to assess regional scientific strengths and information gaps, foster collaborative research partnerships, and ensure that scientific products generated from projects funded by the NW CSC and partners are being disseminated and used by resource managers and other stakeholders.