November is Manatee Awareness Month; but no matter what time of year it is, manatees deserve to be celebrated. These amazing creatures fulfill a unique niche by serving as indicator species for ecosystems across the United States. Because of their reliance on the health of their habitat, manatees often act as a signal of their environment’s well-being. NOAA photo by Michael Buchanan.
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.
DOINews: Save the Dates for the New SW CSC Webinars!
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The Southwest Climate Science Center is pleased to announce a new webinar series focused on climate science and resource management decisions in the Southwest.
The goal of the series is to create an interactive forum for resource managers, scientists, and other interested parties to discuss regional resource management concerns, climate information needs, and mechanisms for delivering that information in the most usable and useful ways.
The first webinar in the new Southwest Climate Science Center (SW CSC) webinar series will be held on Thursday, November 7 at 11 AM PST (2 PM EST). The topic of this webinar is "The IPCC Working Group 1 Report and Implications for the Southwest" and will be presented by Jonathan Overpeck, SW CSC University Director/University of Arizona. The webinar will begin with a short introduction to the SW CSC by SW CSC Directors and Investigators.