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.
Science Services of the Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) include the development of a 4-year Science Agenda, annual workplans, and requests for proposals; the administration of funded research projects; and inventory and coordination of climate science efforts by our partners in the Northwest.
The Science Agenda outlines the general science direction for the NW CSC, and the annual workplans provide guidance for its progressive implementation. The science priorities identified in these documents determine the selection criteria for research proposals; science priorities are developed with input from cultural and natural resource managers in the Northwest through the NW CSC Executive Stakeholder Advisory Committee (ESAC). To read more about Science Services at the NW CSC, please download the Science Services section of the Strategic Plan by clicking here.
The NW CSC administers 1- to 2-year research projects, the first of which started in fiscal year 2011. Additional requests for proposals occur annually or bi-annually, depending on availability of funds and prior commitments to 2-year projects.
The NW CSC Science Agenda for 2012-2016 was adopted in January 2012, and annual workplans are released at the end of each fiscal year.
Through fiscal year 2014, the NW CSC has invested more than $5 million in research projects that focus on a broad range of topics, including understanding and predicting the effects of climate change on wetlands, pine beetle infestations, salmonids, sagebrush ecosystems, coastal habitats, peak streamflows, and changing fire regimes. A list of our projects can be found on the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center website here.
Development of a Regional Climate Science Inventory, which houses the climate research efforts of the CSC network, as well as our partner agencies and organizations in the Northwest. More information about the Inventory can be found here.