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.
The scientific priorities of the Southwest CSC are driven by the needs and priorities of the natural and cultural resource management communities in the Southwest region, as contained in the Southwest CSC Science Agenda and as approved by the Southwest CSC Stakeholder Advisory Council (SAC).
Each CSC will have a Science Implementation Panel (SIP) to oversee peer review of all proposed projects and to recommend how to utilize available scientific assets to best address regional science priorities. To maintain high quality research, avoid conflicts of interest and protect confidential information, the SIP will implement rigorous procedures for reviewing proposals. The SIP will be chaired by the Southwest CSC Center Director.
CSC research agendas will also be reviewed from a national perspective to identify issues benefiting from multi-region collaboration among CSCs.