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 Interior Museum Program works to offer several training opportunities each year. The primary classroom training is "Managing Museum Property" focusing on the care, accountability, and use of museum collections. "Curating Natural History Collections" focuses on the duties required to care and account for natural history collections in the fields of paleontology, biology, geology, and other fields. Other courses are offered periodically based on requests for specific topics from DOI bureaus. Course instructors are subject matter experts drawn from the ranks of DOI museum professionals as well as from the private sector. The classroom course currently being arranged is:
Curating Natural History Collections Course
sponsored by the
Interior Museum Program
in partnership with the
Park Museum Management Program, National Park Service
Date: Not yet scheduled
Description: This five-day course provides training in the fundamentals of managing natural history collections and will focus on issues specific to different types of natural history collections, and federal policies related to the care of museum collections.
General topics include:
How museums and collections support bureau missions
Managing archival collections related to natural history collections
Integrated Pest Management
Natural History specific topics include:
History of the preparation and care of natural history specimens
Preparation, care, and preservation of wet specimens
Basic Taxonomy and using the natural history portion of ICMS
Wildlife laws and mandates as they relate to museum collections
Caring for Vertebrate, Insect, Plant, Paleontology, and Geology specimens.
Curators, Museum Specialists, Property Managers, Natural History Specialists, & other resource specialists (i.e., Archeologists) with museum responsibilities that include natural history collections, both within federal agencies and at partner repositories.
Course length: 35 hours
Class size: Maximum of 25 participants
Funding: There is no tuition. Benefitting account pays travel and per diem.