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 'Megalopolis' Research Gets Widespread Attention!
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New research, presented in a recent paper, The Southern Megalopolis: Using the Past to Predict the Future of Urban Sprawl in the Southeast U.S., predicts that the extent of urbanization in this region could increase by 101% to 192% in the next 50 years, and describes a megalopolis that stretches from Atlanta, GA up to Raleigh, NC. As the publication describes, this kind of rapid and extensive urbanization can significantly affect forests, grasslands, and other non-urban areas and the capacity of species to respond to climate change. Urban growth models such as the one in this paper can help natural resource managers and urban planners make decisions.
This research was conducted as part of an assessment that is supported by the DOI Southeast Climate Science Center.
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