Palouse River and Falls

Sep 15, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion


The confluence of the Snake and Palouse Rivers is a magical place. Time is deep here, and a story ancient as the hills is being told. With our eyes we can see floods of lava, now basaltic cliffs. We can see a cataclysmic flood of glacial meltwater, gouging a plunge pool and gorge into the earth. And if we listen closely, we can hear the life that chirps, whistles, howls, or remains silent in the reeds. On the Palouse River, one is certain to find a beautiful spirit.

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Sarah Keefer

Naturalist

Sarah’s fondest memories of nature are experiences she’s shared with friends—especially when those experiences involve spotting wildlife from the bow of a ship! She’s captivated by the wonders of the natural world, and it was the lure of expansive wilderness and exotic destinations that inspired her to study wildlife biology at both the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Hawai’i Honolulu. Sarah was first partial to mammalian studies, and it wasn’t until her first season as a field naturalist in Southeast Alaska that she began to truly appreciate watching birds and what they could teach us about patience, integrity, and hope.

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