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.
Renowned Primatologist and Conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall to Discuss International Issues and Showcase New Book At Interior Department; Secretary Salazar to Honor Her With His First Lifetime Achievement Award
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, November 13, 2009, Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, will present a lecture to U.S. Department of the Interior employees and conservation partners titled Conservation and Communities: The Shifting Paradigm of International Conservation. Her remarks will focus on the growing need for global approaches to conservation, as exemplified by the challenge of addressing climate change. Using the Jane Goodall Institute's unique TACARE program in Tanzania as an example, she will share her view of international conservation—what it takes to achieve long-term success and the critical role of local populations and youth.
In addition, Dr. Goodall will speak about her new book, Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink, an inspiring tribute to individuals and organizations that have made a difference.
For the first time, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will present a Secretary's Lifetime Achievement Award, having chosen Dr. Goodall in recognition of her tireless dedication to promoting great ape conservation through applied research, public education, and advocacy. Dr. Goodall pioneered research on chimpanzee behavior—research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals, and improved the livelihoods of local communities, and created a worldwide network of young people dedicated to taking action to care for the environment.
Through the Great Ape Conservation Fund, Interior is currently supporting two projects implemented by the Jane Goodall Institute in the Republic of Congo and Tanzania. Dr. Goodall played a key role in the passage of the Great Ape Conservation Fund, which provides $4.5 million in critical funding each year that has been used to support more than 100 active projects in both Asia and Africa.
Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Employees and Invited Guests – Open to Credentialed Media
Lecture by Dr. Goodall and Presentation of Award by Secretary Salazar
Friday, November 13, 3:00 p.m.
Sidney Yates Auditorium, U.S. Department of the Interior