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: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Career Discovery Internship Program Receives Diversity Award
Lamar Gore, acting chief of Diversity and Civil Rights, Northeast Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on Oct. 15 accepts the The Wildlife Society's 2012 Diversity Award for the USFWS' Career Discovery Internship Program. Photo by USFWS
Learn about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Career Discovery Internship Program from the interns, themselves here. View photos from USFWS' CDIP orientation for 2012 here. Photos by USFWS.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Career Discovery Internship Program recently won The Wildlife Society's 2012 Diversity Award. The program, which began in the USFWS' Northeast Region, seeks to build a more inclusive workforce in the wildlife profession. Now in its fifth year, it has grown to include states within four USFWS geographic regions, including Alaska.
With a focus on hiring of culturally and ethnically diverse freshman and sophomore students, the USFWS Career Discover Internship Program features:
• Recruitment and training;
• Empowerment of participants;
• Hands-on training opportunities;
• Bonding experiences for participants and mentors; and
• The great satisfaction of achieving personal intellectual and physical goals.
In recognizing the USFWS Career Discover Internship Program with its diversity award, The Wildlife Society's noted: “Overwhelming commitment of USFWS staff has made the experiences of participants memorable and life-changing.”
Based on comments from students in the program, they agree. Moreover USFWS staff themselves have benefited from the diversity of students who participate. Thus far, of participants in the program from 2008-2011, 19 percent have advanced into staff positions within the USFWS. More than 140 students have participated in the program in the last four years.