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 Jewell and Flight 93 Families President Gordon Felt honor the heroes of Flight 93. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann
Gordon Felt speaks to Secretary Jewell about the names engraved on the Flight 93 National Memorial's wall. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann
Flight 93 National Memorial Superintendent Jeff Reinbold speaks with Secretary Jewell about the Memorial. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann
Secretary Jewell, Superintendent Jeff Reinbold, and National Park Service Employees Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann
National Park Service employees, family members, and volunteers, with Secretary Jewell carry lanterns into the Flight 93 National Memorial. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann
On September 11, 2013 Secretary Jewell joined Jeff Reinbold, Flight 93 Families President Gordon Felt, DR. Brent Glass, Flight 93 Advisory Board Commissioner and National Park Service employees, volunteers and families in honoring the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93 and all those who lost their lives on September 11th.
The observance of Flight 93 and September 11th took place at the Flight 93 National Memorial. The memorial in Shanksville, PA includes a memorial plaza and wall of names, a ring road that encircles the Field of Honor, and a visitor contact station.