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 Host Town Hall Discussion on Women's Role in American History
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Women's History Month comes to a close, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will host a town hall discussion at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center in Baltimore, Md. to discuss efforts to preserve and highlight the many accomplishments of women throughout American history.
Interior's National Park Service – through its parks, national historic landmarks, and educational programs – plays an integral role in telling America's story. At present, however, less than 8 percent of the National Park System is estimated to be dedicated to women or women's achievements. The town hall will bring together leaders in women's history and members of the public to explore ways in which women's contributions to the nation can better be commemorated and celebrated.
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center honors Maryland's historical and contemporary renowned women and girls who have been inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame, as well as the Unsung Heroines who have shaped their families and communities.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore
Judge Katie O'Malley, First Lady of Maryland
Town hall on Women's Role in American History: How to Tell the Stories