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: DOI Secretary Jewell Visits with Climate Change Partners and Leaders in the Pacific Islands
Last edited 4/26/2016
On September 4, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell met with climate change leaders and partners in Honolulu. She was briefed by the DOI Pacific Islands Climate Science Center and the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (Pacific Islands LCC), two arms of the DOI that work to understand, anticipate, and prepare for climate change in Hawai'i and the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands.
One of the longest contemporary records documenting increases in carbon dioxide has been collected at the NOAA Mauna Loa Observatory on Hawai'i Island, and the people, cultures, and ecosystems of the islands have been and are predicted to experience some of the most dramatic impacts of climate change on both land and the sea. Discussions at the briefing included presentations and input from colleagues in federal, state, and University communities who are developing and applying climate change science to societal and ecological challenges across the region.
Pictured in photo (left to right): seated at left:
• Loyal Mehrhoff, Field Supervisor, USFWS Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office
• Lucas Fortini, Ecologist, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center, detailed to Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC)
standing from top, left to right:
• Randy Kennedy, Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources
• Gordon Tribble, Director, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center
• Patrick Grady, Data Manager for PICCC and Pacific Islands Climate Science Center
• Keoni Kuoha, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, NOAA
• Katie Munkres, Communications Manager, PICCC
• Melia Lane-Kamahele, Manager, National Park Service, Pacific West Region
• Stanton Enomoto, National Park Service, detailed to PICCC
• Jeff Burgett, Science Coordinator, PICCC
• Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Department of Interior
• Haunani Kane, graduate student, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii
• Dave Helweg, Interim Director, DOI Pacific Islands Climate Science Center
• Steve Anthony, Director, USGS Pacific Islands Water Science Center
• Delwyn Oki, Hydrologist, USGS Pacific Islands Water Science Center
• Michelle Reynolds, Ecologist, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center
• Chip Fletcher, Professor and Associate Dean, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii
• John Marra, Director, NOAA Climate Services, Pacific Region