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.
Photos: White House Hispanic Community Action Summit and Cesar Chavez Legacy Awards
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Secretary Salazar and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the White House Hispanic community action summit. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar commends technical students at the White House Hispanic community action summit in Los Angeles, CA. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar answers a question from a child named Michael is home schooled and asked a question about home schooling at the White House Hispanic community action summit. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar with Paul Chavez and Dolores Huerta at the 12th Annual Cesar Chavez Legacy Awards. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar and White House Office of Public Engagement Julie Chávez Rodriguez at the 12th Annual Cesar Chavez Legacy Awards. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and dozens of White House and Cabinet officials joined Los Angeles area leaders, educators, business owners and state and local elected officials to identify and address issues important to the Hispanic community and the nation at the White House Hispanic community action summit.
Later, Secretary Salazar attended the 12th Annual Cesar Chavez Legacy Awards in Los Angeles, CA.