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.
Interior Operations Center Conference Room Reservations
The Interior Operations Center has a clean, modern conference room (Main Interior Building Room 3447) that the Department of the Interior bureaus and offices may reserve for official meetings on a no-cost basis. The room is equipped with teleconference and video-teleconference capabilities and has display capabilities for slide shows, document collaboration, webinars or mapping presentations. The conference room seats approximately 18 persons at the main conference table and can seat approximately 20 additional participants around the perimeter.
Due to high demand, please schedule meetings at least two weeks in advance in order to provide the highest likelihood of availability. All requests for reservations to use the Interior Operations Center Conference Room should be submitted on the linked form below.
Notice:Please be aware that although the room is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, meetings hosted by senior officials may take precedence over more routine meetings. There is also a possibility of scheduled meetings being re-scheduled for time-sensitive operational meetings. While these are rare occurrences, it has happened on occasion and requesters should be prepared to cancel or seek alternative arrangements if such an event occurs.