Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
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.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
DOINews: Precipitation Matters More than Warming Temperature in Determining Future Bird Distributions Across the West
For most bird species across the west, regional warming is not as likely to influence population trends as will changes in precipitation. So suggests a Northwest Climate Science Center-funded paper recently published in the journal Global Change Biology.
Its authors, Javier Guttierrez Illan, Chris Thomas, Julia Jones, Weng-Keen Wong, Susan Shirley and Matthew Betts, used historical data about bird abundance from 1970-1974 to test the ability of climate models to accurately predict bird distributions in 1998-2002. Observed changes in bird abundances matched predicted changes for 59% of the species considered in this study. The most important variables for predicting changes were related to patterns of precipitation and to minimum winter temperatures. Authors of the paper are from Oregon State University and University of York.