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


Sarah’s fondest memories of nature and wildlife encounters are ones she has shared with friends- especially when those experiences involve birding on the bow of a ship! She is 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 Hawaii Honolulu. First partial to mammalian studies, it wasn’t until her first season as a field naturalist in Southeast Alaska that she truly appreciated the value of watching birds, and what they could teach us about patience, integrity and hope.

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