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.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave to the crowds along the Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site parade route. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
The U.S. Park Police Motorcycle Unit passes the inaugural parade reviewing stand. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
The U.S. Park Police Honor Guard passes the inaugural parade reviewing stand. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
U.S. Park Police Horse Mounted Unit passes the inaugural parade reviewing stand. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
First Lady Michelle and President Barack Obama wave during the inaugural parade. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
Vice President Joe Biden applauds during the inaugural parade. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
Officer John Lynch of NY Field Office stands watch during the inaugural parade. Photo: Robert Turner U.S. Park Police
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President Barack Obama was sworn-in for his second term Jan. 20, with a public celebration and a repeat of his oath of office on Jan. 21.
The National Park Service has been at the center of planning presidential inaugurations for more than 70 years. The NPS is responsible for the care, maintenance and preservation of some of the most important locations used during inaugurations, from the National Mall to the inaugural Parade route to the site of the Presidential reviewing stand. Two National Parks- President's Park and the National Mall and Memorial Parks- play a role in the event.
The NPS also works in a support role to the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) , the Armed Forces Inaugural Committe (AFIC) and the Joint Congressional Committe on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC).