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.
Recognition and awards help ensure that our employees and our partners continue the often difficult, but always rewarding job of working together to conserve, use and protect America's natural, cultural and historic heritage.
The Secretary's Partners in Conservation Award recognizes those who make exceptional contributions in achieving conservation goals through collaboration and partnering. Overall, this award recognizes outstanding conservation results produced either through
engaging external partners, or
fostering a collaborative culture within and across Interior organizations.
Beyond conservation results or increased partnering capacity, these achievements have been realized through the outstanding participation of many diverse individuals and organizations.
The Cooperative Conservation Award recognizes cooperative conservation achievements that involve collaborative activity among a diverse range of entities that may include Federal, State, local and tribal governments, private for profit and nonprofit institutions, other non-governmental entities, and individuals.
Take Pride in America Awards
The Secretary annually recognizes specific volunteer projects and efforts in twelve categories. These awards, given for outstanding stewardship of public lands, honor those who best protect and/or enhance our public parks, forests, grasslands, reservoirs and wildlife refuges, as well as our cultural and historic sites, local playgrounds and other recreation areas. Finalists and winners are selected by a panel of reviewers, and the winners are honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, DC.
John Wesley Powell Award
USGS honors individuals or groups, not employed by the USGS, whose contributions to the agency's objectives and mission are noteworthy. The awards recognize John Wesley Powell, the second director of the USGS, a distinguished scientist responsible for setting the high standards that govern the USGS today.
recognizes Departmental employees and teams as well as Departmental cooperators (contractors or outside partners) who have attained exceptional environmental achievements. The DOI Award categories mirror the categories of the White House Closing the Circle Awards administered by the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive with the addition of one category, Environmental Stewardship. The Department of the Interior Environmental Achievement Award categories include: