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 Department of the Interior Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PI CSC), established in 2011, is part of a network of eight regional Climate Science Centers (CSCs) created to provide scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and other parties interested in land, water, wildlife and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change. National coordination for the CSCs is provided by the U.S. Geological Survey's National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center.
The PI CSC is hosted by the University of Hawai'i, Manoa and works closely with two other consortium lead institutions: the University of Hawai'i at Hilo and the University of Guam. In addition to these universities, the PI CSC also collaborates with other important partner institutions. To learn more about the PI CSC university consortium, please visit the university consortium website.
The PI CSC consortium and partners provide expertise in developing and applying climate change science to societal and ecological challenges across the region. This expertise is needed to deal with climate issues in the Pacific Islands where the people, cultures, and ecosystems of the islands are now experiencing and are predicted to experience some of the most dramatic impacts of climate change and variability on both land and the sea. Changes in temperature and precipitation, as well as rising sea levels, are predicted to have significant effects on streams, aquifers, forests, agricultural lands, and coral reefs, in addition to the fish, wildlife, and human communities supported by these environments.