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.
Statement from Ken Salazar on the Passing of Richard Estrada Chavez
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON —Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today made the following statement regarding the passing of Richard Estrada Chavez yesterday:
“I have been privileged to work with Richard Estrada Chavez to ensure that the story of the farm labor and civil rights movement that started in California's Central Valley is celebrated and shared for generations to come. It was an especially meaningful day to stand alongside Richard in February as we dedicated the ‘Forty Acres' site as a National Historic Landmark.
“Richard served an integral role alongside his brother in the struggle for the rights of farm workers which dramatically improved the lives of millions of migrant workers.
“I am saddened to learn of his passing, but I know his legacy will empower and inspire Latinos and other Americans for generations to come.”