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, Berry and Johnson Kick off Week of Federal Activities Honoring Veterans
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The United States Navy Band, headquartered at the Navy Yard, Washington D.C., performs at the kickoff event to honor veterans. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
The Military District of Washington Joint Services Color Guard does the Presentation of the Colors. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar gives opening remarks at the joint veterans day program hosted at the at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
“The unemployment rate for our men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan is appalling to the President and to me. We've only begun to move the needle," said OPM Director John Berry. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
Martha Johnson, General Services Adminstration Administrator delivers her remarks. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
Joseph Kennedy, Executive Director of OPM's Council on Veterans Employment Executive Director, delivered the keynote address. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
United States Park Police Lt. David Mulholland shares a success story of a veteran hire in his office. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
OPM's Roland Edwards share's a veteran success storie of Quewetta Fernando, a former Army Specialist. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
GSA's William F. Webster, Motor Vehicle and Card Services Manager, and Vietnam veteran, shares the success story of veteran hire Verlinda Blake. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
Veteran and GSA employee Verlinda Blake speaks about the transition from Air Force Master Sgt. to civil servant at the program honoring veterans. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry and GSA Administrator Martha Johnson today kicked off a week of events to honor veterans, praising their service and sacrifices to the nation. They also delivered a report on the Administration's initiatives to help returning veterans re-enter civilian life and find meaningful employment.