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 Staff Assist with Training Class for Native American Tribal Staff
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The USGS Oklahoma Water Science Center, in cooperation with the USGS TEchnical training in Support of Native American Relations (TESNAR) program and the Bureau of Reclamation conducted a 1.5-day training class for 28 Native American tribal staff members in Shawnee, Oklahoma on August 13 and 14, 2013. Oklahoma Water Science Center Hydrologists were assisted by April Taylor of the South Central Climate Science Center and Darrell Townsend of the Grand River Dam Authority in presenting material to the class. April Taylor and Bill Andrews taught the climate change portion of the class.
Class topics included: Tribal water planning, the USGS groundwater toolbox, technical tasks to support Tribal water planning, ecological flows, water use, water availability, drought, and climate change. Bureau of Indian Affairs of the Southern Plains Regional Office staff will also attend the class. The environmental staff from 14 tribes has confirmed attendance.