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.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
DOINews: Recent Paper Assessed Risks For Adult Butterflies Exposed To Mosquito Control Pesticide Naled
Last edited 4/26/2016
USGS scientist Dr. Tim Bargar (USGS Southeast Ecological Science Center) recently published a new method to prospectively assess risks for adult butterflies exposed to the mosquito control pesticide naled. Prior to this paper, no published method existed for estimating adult butterfly exposure to a pesticide applied as an ultra-low volume spray. The paper's findings provide a guideline value for naled deposition that managers can use to minimize the risk of death for adult butterflies. Although there remains uncertainty about the relationship between application rates and deposition levels, the findings are still useful for making decisions about mosquito spraying. The article, Risk assessment for adult butterflies exposed to the mosquito control pesticide naled, was published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. POC: Tim Bargar, email@example.com, (352) 264-3520