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: 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.