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: Interior Announces New 2013 Research Projects at the South Central Climate Science Center
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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the South Central CSC is awarding about $1.2 million to universities and other partners for research to guide resource managers in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.
The eight funded studies focus on how climate change will affect natural resources and management actions that can be taken to help offset such change. They include:
Providing information for effective management of the Red River Basin in light of climate-driven changes to flows. A Chickasaw Nation scientist leads this project. In addition, another project led by USGS will provide resource managers with the information they need to understand the nexus among climate change effects on stream flow, water, quality and stream ecology for watersheds in the Arkansas-Red River Basin. Both projects will help managers strengthen strategies that support restoration, conservation and management goals.
Assessing future water availability (distribution, quantity and demand) in the south-central region in response to the area's already changing climate.
Evaluating the ecological implications and the drivers of climate change in coastal wetlands of the northern Gulf of Mexico, an area of huge economic and ecological importance.
Working with other partners to better understand the impacts of extreme climatic events (e.g., tornadoes) and other climate drivers on agriculture, water availability and quality, cultural resources and fish and wildlife. This information will be invaluable for public and private sector managers and decision makers facing climate adaptation challenges.