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.
WASHINGTON, D.C.--“No matter where you are from, you can do anything if you believe in yourself,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar (in hat) told 81 D.C. youth working at summer jobs in national parks and at other Department of the Interior sites today. The Secretary hosted the group at a reception today on the Interior rooftop. The young people are working under stimulus funds as part of the D.C. Summer Youth Employment Program or the Youth Conservation Corps.
D.C Mayor Adrian Fenty issued a proclamation today congratulating the students and thanking Secretary Salazar, who in turn thanked President Obama for his pledge to help youth in the city. The Secretary said he hoped the summer experience would stimulate a love of the outdoors and inspire students to pursue conservation careers.