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.
Salazar to Announce Major Milestone for Renewable Energy Development in Western States
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WASHINGTON, DC – As part of the Obama Administration's “all-of-the-above” energy strategy to expand domestic energy production, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today will make a major announcement regarding renewable energy development on public lands in six western states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.
Salazar will be joined on the media teleconference by Bureau of Land Management Acting Director Mike Pool and the Department of Energy's Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, David Danielson.
Credentialed media can participate by dialing 1-888-603-9815 and providing the access code INTERIOR.
Ken Salazar, Secretary, Department of the Interior
Mike Pool, Acting Director, Bureau of Land Management
David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. EDT
Credentialed media are invited to join the teleconference call by dialing 1-888-603-9815 and providing the access code INTERIOR.