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.
Federal Subsistence Board to Consider Proposals to Change Subsistence
Hunting and Trapping Regulations
The Federal Subsistence Board will meet on April 15, 2014 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and April 16 – 17, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to consider more than 50 proposed changes to Federal subsistence hunting and trapping regulations. The Board will provide the opportunity for Tribal and ANCSA Corporation leaders to consult on the proposed changes to subsistence hunting and trapping regulations on April 15, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.
In addition, the Board will discuss the Rural Determination review process and will receive a summary of public comments received following the Federal Register Notice (12/31/2012) requesting comments on rural determination. The Board will hear Regional Advisory Council recommendations and may deliberate on possible options and alternatives for recommendation to the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on the Rural Determination process. READ MORE