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.
NW CSC Regional Inventory of Climate Science Projects
The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) supports research that addresses its Science Agenda for 2012-2016, which is composed of seven themes that outline the science needed to help make sound resource management decisions in the Northwest in the face of climate change. Since FY 2011, the NW CSC has awarded over $6 million to federal and university scientists to provide climate, water, and vegetation scenarios for the Northwest and examine how wildlife, disturbance regimes, and tribal cultural traditions may respond to these projected changes.
The NW CSC recognizes that our regional federal, state, and tribal partners are engaged in important research that also addresses our Science Agenda. To ensure coordination, identify research gaps, and avoid duplication of efforts between agencies, the NW CSC has compiled a database of regional climate research projects funded since FY 2011. This database, which currently consists of over 400 projects from 16 different agencies and organizations, showcases the significant progress that can be made by collectively addressing important climate science questions.
In order to easily create, edit, filter, and view climate project records sponsored by all DOI Climate Science Centers and their partner agencies and organizations, the NW CSC and USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) created the Data Entry for Project Tracking and Highlighting (DEPTH) web portal. This first-of-its-kind product is publicly accessible and maintained by NW CSC and NCCWSC staff.
Number of climate science projects funded in FY 2011-2014 by the NW CSC and its partner agencies that address the NW CSC Science Agenda. Themes: (1) Climate modeling, (2) Physical system responses to climate change, (3) Biological responses to climate change, (4) Vulnerability and adaptation, (5) Monitoring, (6) Data management, (7) Communication of science findings.