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.
On July 13, 2000, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 794d), as amended, was written into law. Section 508 applies to the Federal government when developing, procuring, maintaining, or using electronic and information technology (EIT). Under Section 508, Federal departments and agencies must ensure that the EIT allows individuals with disabilities (Federal employees and members of the public) access to, and use of information and data, in a way that is comparable to individuals without disabilities, regardless of the type or medium of technology.
The Department of the Interior (DOI) is committed to ensuring the accessibility of its websites, software, hardware, multimedia, and telecommunications. If an individual believes that a bureau or office has failed to procure EIT conforming to Section 508, that individual has the right to file a complaint with the DOI Office of Civil Rights (OCR).
The OCR shall apply the complaint procedures outlined in 43 CFR Part 17, Subpart E, which are established to implement Section 504 for resolving allegations of discrimination in a Federally conducted program or activity. Complaints must be submitted in writing to DOI’s OCR at the following address:
U.S. Department of the Interior Attn: Director, Office of Civil Rights 1849 C Street, N.W. MS-4309 Washington, D.C. 20240