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.
Secretary Salazar to Convene Forum on Natural Gas Hydraulic Fracturing on Public Lands
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Tuesday, November 30, 2010 Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will host a forum entitled Natural Gas Hydraulic Fracturing on Public Lands: A Forum Hosted by the Department of the Interior.
As recently as November 3, 2010, President Obama reiterated his commitment to the development of natural gas resources. The Department of the Interior shares that commitment and wants to ensure that natural gas is developed in a safe and environmentally sustainable manner so that the U.S. can fully realize the economic, security, and environmental benefits of this important energy resource.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, Senior federal and state government officials, industry representatives, and representatives from non-governmental organizations as panelists
Forum on Natural Gas Hydraulic Fracturing on Public Lands
Tuesday, November 30, 2010; 1:00 p.m. EST
Department of the Interior South Interior Building Auditorium
1951 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20240
All credentialed media are invited to cover the event.