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.
75th Anniversary of Marian Anderson's Concert at the Lincoln Memorial
Robert Vogel, Superintendent of the National Parks Service, leads the ceremony in front of the Lincoln Memorial. DOI
Karin Paludan, Washington Performing Arts Society Teaching Artist, leads Washington D.C's Ross Elementary School 3rd Grade Class and the WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir in a number that Marian Anderson sang. DOI
Secretary Jewell and D.C. 4th-grade student Sky Jabali-Rainey, who is seen dressed as Marian Anderson, commemorate Anderson's historic 1939 performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. DOI
WASHINGTON – On April 9, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined the Washington Performing Arts Society and local high school and elementary school children on the plaza of the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate Marian Anderson's historic Easter Day concert in 1939.