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: University of Oklahoma Student Joins Congressional Science Fellow Program
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Ms. Kim Klockow, PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma (host university for the South Central Climate Science Center), has accepted a 12-month position as a Congressional Science Fellow. The Congressional Science Fellows' program places highly qualified, accomplished scientists within the offices of individual Members of Congress as well as congressional committees for a one-year assignment. Fellows perform in much the same way as regular staff members. The Fellows bring to the Congress new insights, fresh ideas, extensive knowledge, and education in a variety of disciplines. The Fellow may have the opportunity to participate in, and make significant contributions to, public policymaking within Congress on issues such as global change, water, energy, pollution, and communications technologies. The program is administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). There are about 35 Fellows in each class, sponsored by over two dozen different scientific societies. Following orientation and interviews on Capitol Hill in September, Kim will select a position in the House or Senate.
Ms. Klockow's interests lie at the intersection of nature and society, particularly understanding how people perceive and respond to climate change and natural hazards risks. For her Ph.D. research, Kim is examining the impact of uncertainty information on tornado warning response through both qualitative and quantitative social science methods. Her research combines contemporary behavioral geography, cartography, and spatial cognition into an understanding of the ways people perceive environmental risk in a geospatial context. She plans to graduate in August.