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: SC CSC Participates in Choctaw Labor Day Festival
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On August 30 - September 2nd, 2013, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma hosted their 66th Annual Choctaw Labor Day Festival in Tuskahoma, OK. The free festival includes Native American dances, Choctaw artistry of weaving baskets, beadwork masterpieces, gourds, pipes, wood sculptures, terrapin races, softball and stickball games, concerts and rides.
Two of the South Central Climate Science Center staff, April Taylor, Sustainability Scientist and Katie Underwood, Intern, as well as fellow consortium member, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma staff, Tye Baker, Senior Water Resource Management, and Sara-Jane Smallwood, Research Analyst, conducted outreach at the festival. The activities included a Going Green tent with environmental conservation education sessions on the Choctaw/Chickasaw Water Plan and Conservation Information, a Carbon Emission Wheel of Fortune game, Landscape Conservation and Rain Gardens, Benefits of Recycling Fishing Line, The Watershed and Non-Point Source Pollution, Just Enough Energy is Enough! Turn Your Household Utilities into Money!, and What Can I do to Recycle? There were also booth tables with materials and prizes, including water conservation kits, rain barrels, and weather radios. The South Central CSC was happy to be a part of the activities!