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.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
DOINews: USGS Scientists Discover that the Threatened Gulf Sturgeon also Spawns in the Fall
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For the first time ever, USGS fish biologists have discovered that one species of North American sturgeon not only spawns in the spring, but as they have long hypothesized, also spawns in the fall. This discovery was recently reported in an advance online issue of the Journal of Applied Ichthyology in an article co-authored by Southeast Ecological Science Center (SESC) scientists, Michael Randall and Kenneth Sulak. The Gulf Sturgeon, protected under ESA as threatened, is a large, ancient and charismatic fish inhabiting seven natal rivers from Florida to Louisiana, well on its way to recovery in the Suwannee River. The paper is available online at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1439-0426.2012.01960.x/pdf (POC: Rachel Pawlitz, 352-264-3554 or Mike Randall, 352-264-3521).