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.
To strengthen Alaska Native and rural involvement in Federal subsistence fisheries management and research the Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Program was initiated in 2003. The Partners Program is a competitive grant that is directed at providing funding for biologist /social scientist/educator positions in Alaska Native and rural organizations with the intent of increasing the organizations ability to participate in Federal subsistence management. In addition, the program supports a variety of opportunities for local, rural students to connect with subsistence resource monitoring and management through science camps and paid internships. The program has fostered more than 100 partnerships among local, tribal, State, Federal and academic organizations. The program has mentored over 80 college and 200 high school students from rural communities.
The next funding opportunity is now open and closes August 31, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. (Alaska Time)
In 2012, the Partners Program funded six positions, four full-time and two part-time, within the following organizations:
Bristol Bay Native Association, Dillingham – 1 full-time fishery biologist and 1 part-time Fisheries Internship Program Coordinator