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: Interior Announces New 2013 Research Projects at the Southeast Climate Science Center
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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the Southeast CSC is awarding more than $800,000 to universities and other partners for research to guide resource managers in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.
The seven funded studies, plus one that will be conducted jointly with the Northeast CSC, will focus on how climate change will affect natural resources, and management actions that can be taken to help offset such change. They include:
In a joint project with the Northeast CSC, researchers will examine a complex local-scale conservation problem: helping resource managers effectively address the impacts associated with sea-level rise and coastal flooding on migratory waterbirds and their habitats. Aiding multiple state, federal and local stakeholders with making effective decisions that optimize the protection, conservation and sustainability of barrier islands and their habitats.
Helping the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Florida by providing the scientific information they need to prioritize land acquisition for a new wildlife refuge that will protect many vulnerable species in the face of projected coastal land changes and sea-level rise. This work will aid the new Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge in identifying and acquiring the most critical land for high-priority species.
Working with partners to develop a suite of scientific climate models for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Caribbean region, an area where climate-related impacts on ecosystems and water resources are most likely to result from changes in the timing, pattern and availability of moisture. Developing state-of-the-art climate and meteorological scenarios for the southeastern United States to predict factors of interest for understanding ecological responses to climate change, with a particular focus on the Appalachian region.
Examining the effects of pest, urbanization and climate-related threats to southeastern forests, especially the possibility of regional extinction of certain tree species. This information is needed by forest managers to identify species and areas most vulnerable to climate change effects and therefore most in need of management decisions to help offset those effects.
Developing a decision support system for a keystone southeastern species, the gopher tortoise, that will help managers conserve tortoise populations and the important ecological communities associated with and often dependent upon this species and its burrows.