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.
Deputy Secretary Hayes, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and other Federal Officials to Hold an America's Great Outdoors Listening Session in Poughkeepsie, New York
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WASHINGTON–Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes will be in New York to conduct a listening session as part of the President's America's Great Outdoors Initiative. He will be joined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and EPA Regional 2 Administrator Judith Enck. The session will be an opportunity for New York residents to tell members of the Administration about their individual, local, and state level involvement.
Following the listening session, Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes will tour the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center in Hyde Park and hold a question - answer session related to America's Great Outdoors.
The America's Great Outdoors Initiative was established by President Obama in April at a White House Conference specifically to develop a conservation and recreation agenda worthy of the 21st century and to reconnect Americans with our great outdoors. To accomplish this goal, the Administration's effort will be community driven.
Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes, DOI
Secretary Tom Vilsack, USDA
Regional Administrator Judith Enck, EPA
AGO Listening Session, Press Availability, Tour of Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center with Q & A Session
Friday, August 6th, 2010
9:00 a.m. AGO Listening Session
10:15 a.m. Press Availability
1:00 p.m. Tour of Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center & question - answer session.
AGO Listening Session
Location: Marist College Student Center
Poughkeepsie, New York.
Press Availability Location: Marist College Student Center
Poughkeepsie, New York
Room: Private Dining Room, Student Union Building
Tour & question – answer session
Location: Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center