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).
Sarah is a PhD student at Oregon State University in the Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society pursuing a major in Forest Science and a minor in Ecosystem Informatics. Her research focuses on understanding bird species distributions in mountainous environments, both in the Oregon Cascades (Andrews Forest) and the White Mountains of New Hampshire (Hubbard Brook). At both sites, she is investigating the relative roles of climate, vegetation, and species interactions in driving bird distributions. Most of Sarah's research investigates both within- and between-season dynamics of forest birds. Using the dataset of bird occurrences from Hubbard Brook (1999-2012), she is looking at long-term population trends and changes in distributions across the elevational gradient. With the 4-year dataset from the Andrews Forest (2009-2012), her research focuses on understanding the role of microclimate due to complex terrain as a mechanism for buffering against macroclimate warming.