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.
Everyone has personal problems from time to time. DOI's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers professional, confidential counseling and consultation that can help you resolve these issues. Services are available at no cost to you or members of your family. DOI has contracted with EAP Consultants, Inc. (EAPC) to provide you with comprehensive EAP services. EAPC offers assessment, short-term counseling, and referral services for a wide range of personal problems, as well as a variety of work/life issues.
EAPC has offices conveniently located near almost all DOI locations. EAPC professionals will help you identify and clarify your concerns, look at all the options, and develop a plan of action to create solutions that work. If additional assistance is needed, you will be referred to the most appropriate and affordable resources.
EAPC provides the following highly experienced clinical providers:
Licensed clinical social workers
Licensed professional counselors
Licensed marriage and family therapists
Certified alcohol and drug counselors
Click here to see a list of the caring, professional counselors who can assist you in a work-related or personal crisis.
EAPC consultants also include:
You can reach EAPC online or by phone:
EAPC phone number: 800-869-0276 a (live counselor is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Please see the following video link below, which provides information on what EAP services are available with an emphasis of stress management and how to access them. This is a video taping* of the March 2013 EAP webinar on Stress Management.
(*NOTE: Because this is a video of a prerecorded conference call, it begins with a prerecorded request for participants to dial into the call. Please ignore the beeps and the request for a password. The video of the webinar starts shortly afterward.)
The audio to these videos may include recorded log-on information and asks for a name or passcode. Please ignore this information and continue to listen to the webinar as the audio is complete and the webinar will begin shortly.