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: USGS Eastern Geographic Science Center Scientist to Attend Meeting on Marcellus Shale Research
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USGS Eastern Geographic Science Center (EGSC) scientist Lesley Milheim will attend the Chesapeake Bay Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) workshop on "Exploring the Environmental Effects of Shale Gas Development in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed" in State College PA on April 11-12, 2012.
The objectives of the workshop are to 1) review and synthesize the research available regarding the environmental effects of shale gas development, 2) identify the environmental effects that shale gas development may pose to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed relative to Bay water quality, and 3) identify and prioritize future research needs relative to shale gas development and Bay water quality.
A team of EGSC scientists is currently working on publishing geospatial research relating to the landscape effects of Marcellus Shale development. (Contact: Lesley Milheim, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-648-7230)