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: USGS Scientists Discover that the Threatened Gulf Sturgeon also Spawns in the Fall
For the first time ever, USGS fish biologists have discovered that one species of North American sturgeon not only spawns in the spring, but as they have long hypothesized, also spawns in the fall. This discovery was recently reported in an advance online issue of the Journal of Applied Ichthyology in an article co-authored by Southeast Ecological Science Center (SESC) scientists, Michael Randall and Kenneth Sulak. The Gulf Sturgeon, protected under ESA as threatened, is a large, ancient and charismatic fish inhabiting seven natal rivers from Florida to Louisiana, well on its way to recovery in the Suwannee River. The paper is available online at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1439-0426.2012.01960.x/pdf (POC: Rachel Pawlitz, 352-264-3554 or Mike Randall, 352-264-3521).