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: Studying Migratory Connectivity Throughout the Annual Cycle
Providing information for global conservation efforts is critical for the protection of all migratory birds because most spend about 75 percent of their lives outside the United States. USGS wildlife biologist Dr. Susan Haig was invited to present a Department of Fisheries and Wildlife seminar titled "The Importance of Studying Migratory Connectivity throughout the Annual Cycle" on April 18 at Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR). To better understand the relationship between climate change and migratory patterns, USGS and Smithsonian Institution scientists have partnered to form the Migratory Connectivity Project. This project encourages studies of bird migration throughout the annual cycle, including nesting and wintering periods, which may be ultimately applicable to other migratory species, such as salmon and whales.