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).
Kevin Buffington is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. Kevin's research focuses on modeling functional change in the intertidal zone. He is working to develop models for elevation, habitat (vegetation) and species distribution using process-based techniques. Ultimately, Kevin intends to identify how migratory shorebirds will be affected by sea-level rise at wintering and stop-over sites along the west coast. Using a subset of the Coastal Ecosystem Response to Climate Change (CERRC) program study sites, Kevin plans to develop integrated, multi-level ecosystem response models at local scales for land managers to use in their decision-making process in dealing with the challenges of climate change. Kevin received his M.S. in Biology from Idaho State University and his B.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.