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: Southeast Climate Science Center to present poster at the AGU Science Policy Conference
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The SE Climate Science Center co-authored a poster that will be presentated at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Science Policy Conference to be held in Washington DC, May 1-2, 2012. The poster “Climate Science Centers and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives: A Coordinated Federal Effort to Sustain Natural and Cultural Resources in the Face of Climate Change” outlines the U.S. Department of the Interior's strategy for a collaborative effort to develop integrated adaptation and mitigation strategies for natural and cultural resources with the challenge of climate change. The poster will present information on how CSCs (with specific focus on the Southeast CSC) are working closely with the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) in their regions to develop science-based information using physical and biological research, ecological modeling, and multi-scale scenario-building and decision analysis that supports natural and cultural resource managers. The abstract was co-authored by representatives of the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC. (Melinda Dalton, firstname.lastname@example.org, 770-903-9142)