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.
The Department of the Interior museum collections, a subset of the larger personal property category, are managed and preserved under policy set in the Departmental Manual Part 411. The DOI Museum Property Directives are associated policy and procedure for all bureaus and offices of the Department. Other guidance is also provided.
Departmental Manual Part 411
Departmental Manual Part 411, "Identifying and Managing Museum Property," sets the policy for the management and preservation of museum property at the Department of the Interior. 411 DM was revised in September 2012.
DOI Museum Property Directives
The DOI Museum Property Directivesare policy and procedure documents that pertain to specific aspects of the management, preservation, and documentation of DOI museum collections. These documents are in various stages of preparation. Those that are approved by the Director, Office of Acquisition and Property Management, are available for download.
DOI Museum Property Handbooks
The DOI Museum Property Handbookswere written in the 1990s to provide guidance on meeting the policy set forth in Departmental Manual Part 411. They are fully available here until superseded by the DOI Museum Property Directives.
DOI Museum Property Guidance
DOI Museum Property Guidanceare documents that may be used by DOI curators, museum property management staff, and many others to assist with managing, preserving, and documenting DOI museum collections.