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.
Admission: The Interior Museum is open Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm. The Museum and public events are free of charge. Adults are required to show a photo ID to gain admittance to the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building.
Location: U.S. Department of the Interior Interior Museum 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240 (Located in the 1200W wing of the Building, near the entrance at C Street)
Parking and Transportation: By Metro Take the 18th Street exit at the Farragut West Metro Station and walk south towards Constitution Avenue. The entrance to the Stewart Lee Udall Interior Building is 6 blocks south on C Street between 18th and 19th.
Driving Directions: From the North Take either 95 or 295 south to the Capitol Beltway, Route 495 Take 495 west towards Northern Virginia. Take exit 30, Georgia Avenue/29 south Proceed about 2 miles to 16th Street south. 16th Street veers to the right at this large intersection. Go approximately 10 miles to I Street, turn right. At the 4th light, turn left onto 19th Street. The entrance to the Main Interior Building is 6 blocks south on C Street between 18th and 19th.
From the South Take 395 North to Washington Boulevard/Memorial Bridge/Pentagon/Arlington Cemetery. Move to left lane. Cross Memorial Bridge in the center lane. At the Lincoln Memorial bear left and follow the road to the left on Henry Bacon Avenue until it ends at Constitution Avenue. Make a right on Constitution. Turn left onto 18th Street. The entrance to the Main Interior Building is 1 block north on C Street between 18th and 19th.
From Northern Virginia Take I-66 into Washington, staying in center lane to arrive at Constitution Ave. Turn left onto 18th Street. The entrance to the Main Interior Building is 1 block north on C Street between 18th and 19th.
From Western Maryland Take 270 South to 495 West toward Northern Virginia. After crossing American Legion Bridge, take the next exit to the George Washington Parkway. You will cross the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge and end up on Constitution Avenue. Turn left on 18th Street. The entrance to the Main Interior Building is 1 block north on C Street between 18th and 19th.
Parking: Metered street parking is available but limited. Public parking garages are located on New York and Pennsylvania Avenues and 17th and 18th Streets.
Accessibility: An accessible entrance is located at the E Street entrance of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building.
Security Procedures: All adults are required to present a photo ID to enter the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building. All visitors will be subject to security screenings, including bag and parcel checks.
Places to Eat: The Bison Bistro, located in the basement of the Interior Building, is open to the public Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There are many restaurants located at Pennsylvania Avenue and 18th Street NW.