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: Southwest Climate Science Center Participates in the American Indian / Alaska Native Climate Change Meeting
On April 23 - 24, the Tohono O'odham Community College is hosting the 2012 Spring meeting of the American Indian Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group. Among those with Southwest Climate Science Center connections who will be participating are: Dr. Jonathan Overpeck (University of Arizona and the SWCSC research host principal) and Dr. Karletta Chief (also University of Arizona and a SWCSC Science Panelist) who will be delivering the meeting keynote addresses. In addition, Dr Dave Busch (SWCSC Interim Director) will be briefing the group on the Climate Science Centers as part of a panel with Dr. Dan Wildcat (Haskell Indian Nations University), Dr. T.M. Bull Bennett (Kiksapa Consulting), and Sue Wotkyns (Northern Arizona University, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals). The USGS and NASA are helping to sponsor the Climate Change Working Group meeting.