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.
Office Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Disability Rights Coordinators
Shirley Scott, Equal Opportunity Manager Appalachian Region Coordinating Center Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement Three Parkway Center Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15220 (412)937-2922; TDD (412)937-3013
Shirley Lahr, Equal Opportunity Manager Western Regional Coordinating Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 1999 Broadway, Suite 3320 Denver, Colorado 80202 (303)884-1430; TDD(303)884-1520
Diane Woods, Equal Opportunity Specialist Office for Equal Opportunity Headquarters Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 1951 Constitution Avenue, N.W Washington, D.C.20240 (202)208-2997
Bureau of Reclamation Disability Rights Coordinators
Karen E. Megorden, ADMS Program Manager Alice Norman, Civil Rights Team Leader 1150 North Curtis Road , Suit 100 Boise, ID 83706-1234 (208)378-5053 (800)877-8339 Federal Relay
Jeannie Rutherford, Lower Colorado Region Bureau of Reclamation P.O Box 61470 Bureau City, NV 89006-1470 (702)293-8425 (800)877-8339 Federal Relay