November is Manatee Awareness Month; but no matter what time of year it is, manatees deserve to be celebrated. These amazing creatures fulfill a unique niche by serving as indicator species for ecosystems across the United States. Because of their reliance on the health of their habitat, manatees often act as a signal of their environment’s well-being. NOAA photo by Michael Buchanan.
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.
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Session 3—November 14, 2013, 4-7 p.m.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Public Outreach
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
3 Parkway Center, 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15220
Directions: just off I-279 at Exit 4B - Parkway Center Drive (from I-279 South)
Exit 4A -Green Tree/Mt Lebanon (from I-279 North)
1-1/2 miles from Downtown Pittsburgh in the Parkway Center Office Complex
Session 4—October 22, 2013, 4-7 p.m.
Denver, Colorado Public Outreach,
Office of Natural Resources Revenue
6th & Kipling Street
Denver Federal Center, Building 85-A
Denver, Colorado 80225
The DFC is open to the public from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. Visitors must stop and show identification, (i.e., government ID or a driver's license) to enter. Please be prepared to present a valid driver's license and current vehicle registration at the gates: