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).
DOINews: Developing Strategies for Sustainable Scrub-Jay Management
Dr. Fred Johnson's (USGS Southeast Ecological Science Center) findings from his study examining optimal strategies for managing habitat of the threatened scrub-jay at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge was recently published in the Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management. NASA collaborated with USGS on the project, as the refuge is co-located with the Kennedy Space Center. The area is home to one of the three remaining core populations of scrub-jays (the others are at the Ocala National Forest and Archbold Biological Station). The study revealed the current management strategy of relying on prescribed burning of scrub is unlikely to maintain scrub-jay abundance over the long term. Periodic cutting of tall scrub is the better option for scrub-jay conservation. The refuge is now exploring ways to fund mechanical cutting, which is quite expensive, as well as increase the efficacy of prescribed burning. POC: Fred Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org, (352) 392-5075