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: SW CSC Director Named Fellow of the Ecological Society of America
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Three USGS scientists were recognized as 2014 Ecological Society of America fellows for making exceptional contributions to an array of ecological fields.
The 2014 ESA fellow recipients from USGS are:
Dr. James Grace, USGS National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, La., for his critical contributions to the causal modeling methodology known as Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) and to demonstrating its value for the study of ecological problems
Dr. Jon E. Keeley, USGS Western Ecological Research Center for his paramount cross-disciplinary research including the Southern California Wildfire Risk Scenario Project, which seeks to makes sense of fire hazard risk causes through ecological, geographical and statistical views
Dr. Stephen T. Jackson, director of the Interior Department's Southwest Climate Science Center, for his ingenious contributions toward effective engagement between climate scientists and resource managers, as well as indispensable research on the effects of environmental change on forests and wetlands.