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 Hold Media Teleconference to Discuss Next Steps in Energy Planning for U.S. Arctic
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WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, June 26, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will hold a teleconference with reporters to discuss next steps in planning for potential energy exploration in the U.S. Arctic, including through the 2012-2017 Five Year Program, which will be released in the coming days. Joining the Secretary on the call will be Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy Beaudreau.
Salazar and Hayes are in Trondheim, Norway to continue their ongoing dialogue with international counterparts, government officials and oil and gas industry leaders to help inform the safe and responsible development of domestic offshore energy resources, including plans to expand production in the U.S. Arctic. On Tuesday morning, Salazar and Hayes will participate in an Arctic energy roundtable and on Wednesday they will participate in a ministerial forum on offshore drilling safety, including best practices developed in the United States. These discussions and meetings are part of the Obama administration's commitment to expanding safe and responsible production of our domestic resources while ensuring the strongest possible safety and environmental oversight of offshore oil and gas activities on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.
Credentialed media can participate in the June 26 call by dialing 1-866-844-9416 and providing the access code INTERIOR.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Tommy Beaudreau
News media teleconference on discuss next steps in energy planning for U.S. Arctic
Tuesday, June 26, 2012: 12:00 PM EDT.
Credentialed media are invited to join the teleconference call by dialing 1-866-844-9416 and providing the access code INTERIOR.