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: SE CSC Welcomes Mitch Eaton as its new Research Ecologist
Last edited 4/26/2016
Mitchell Eaton has joined the staff at the SE Climate Science Center as a Research Ecologist and will be serving as Adjunct Faculty in the Applied Ecology Department at NC State University. Mitch comes to us from New York's USGS Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Unit at Cornell University where he served as Assistant Unit Leader. His research focuses on applied wildlife ecology, with a two-fold emphasis on decision analytic techniques for management and the use of quantitative methods for ecological inference.
His research program included parameter estimation and modeling species distribution/abundance and integrated species-habitat modeling to promote endangered species conservation. His work in decision analysis involves close collaboration with decision makers and their stakeholders to characterize management goals, the decision context and the most efficient use of science and monitoring to support decision-making. He applies principles of adaptive management to allow decisions to be made under uncertainty while formalizing learning through comparisons of observations with predicted system dynamics and behaviors.