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.
Anne Morkill, Fish and Wildlife Service, briefs Secretary of the Department of the Interior Ken Salazar. Photo by Tami Heilemann-DOI
Secretary Salazar and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish And Wildlife Service Will Shafroth analyze a sandbar created in 2005 by hurricane Wilma. The sandbar has become an important habitat for various birds in the region. Photo by Tami Heilemann-DOI
Photo by Tami Heilemann-DOI
Secretary of the Department of the Interior Ken Salazar and Glen Cullingford, Southwest Pilot for the Fish and Wildlife Service, review a map of the Everglades and Tamiami Trail. Photo by Tami Heilemann-DOI
Secretary Salazar and children of volunteers at the Key Deer Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Tami Heilemann-DOI
Secretary Salazar and Assistant Secretary for Fish And Wildlife Service Will Shafroth view a map of the loop current off the coast of the Florida Keys. Photo by Tami Heilemann-DOI
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Secretary of the Department of the Interior Ken Salazar toured the Florida Keys on Jan 8. Secretary Salazar announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with private landowners, conservation groups and federal, tribal, state and local agencies to develop a new national wildlife refuge and conservation area to preserve the community's ranching heritage and conserve the headwaters and fish and wildlife of the Everglades on Jan.7.