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.
Secretary Salazar to Sign Landmark Conservation Agreement at Ducks Unlimited Conference in Nashville
Plan lays out renewed vision for conserving wetlands and waterfowl
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NASHVILLE, TN— On Thursday, May 31, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will hold a town hall meeting at the Ducks Unlimited 75th Anniversary National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, where he will sign the landmark 2012 North American Waterfowl Management Plan.
Secretary Salazar is expected to discuss the value of conservation and outdoor recreation to our nation's economy with members from Ducks Unlimited, a group founded by sportsmen in 1937 to conserve, restore, and manage North America's wetlands for the benefit of waterfowl, wildlife and people.
The North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) is the centerpiece of an international strategy to conserve migratory waterfowl throughout the continent. First signed in 1986 by the United States and Canada, with Mexico becoming a signatory in 1994, it has remained a vital document for guiding resources to conserve waterfowl and their habitat.
Waterfowl are among North America's most valued natural resources. In 2006, an estimated 87.5 million Americans spent $122.3 billion on wildlife-related recreation, including 1.8 million waterfowl hunters who spent nearly $1 billion on trips and equipment.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
John Newman, President of Ducks Unlimited
Jim Ringelman, Director of Conservation Programs in the Great Plains Region, Ducks Unlimited
Signing of NAWMP and Town Hall Meeting with Ducks Unlimited