November is Manatee Awareness Month; but no matter what time of year it is, manatees deserve to be celebrated. These amazing creatures fulfill a unique niche by serving as indicator species for ecosystems across the United States. Because of their reliance on the health of their habitat, manatees often act as a signal of their environment’s well-being. NOAA photo by Michael Buchanan.
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.
DOINews: Recent Publication Explores Indigenous Community Health and Climate Change
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Salish tribes during their Salish Sea journey while they conduct water sampling with USGS.
Image source: Carol Reiss
Coastal Indigenous communities are disproportionally vulnerable to climate change because many of their reserves lie in lowlands that may be threatened by sea level rise.
In a study partly funded by the Northwest Climate Science Center, members of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in Washington State, the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation in British Columbia, and the USGS applied recently developed Indigenous community health indicators (IHIs) to identify climate adaptation priorities for their coastal communities. IHIs, such as “Natural Resources Security” and “Self Determination”, were linked to environmental indicators, such as the health of shellfish beds and archaeological resources.