A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Dr. Richard Feldman joined the UMass NE CSC team today. Dr. Feldman's post-doctoral research will be focused on understanding how best to predict the response of birds to shifts in spatiotemporal variability of the environment. More specifically, he will evaluate the spatial relationships of migratory bird movements throughout the Gulf of Maine and how they are mediated by environmental factors, providing resource managers a tool for assessing effects of potential climate change and wind energy development on bird migration in the Gulf of Maine. His research will have direct relevance to the management of protected areas throughout the Gulf, and he will work with cooperators to develop and deliver outreach materials and activities as a part of the project. This research is a cooperative project between the Schoodic Education and Research Center at Acadia National Park, North Atlantic Coast Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the Northeast Climate Science Center.