The American Prairie Reserve is located on Montana’s Great Plains around the Missouri River. An independent non-profit organization has privately undertaken a project in northeastern Montana to create a wildlife conservation area of over three million contiguous acres through a combination of both private and public lands. It bills itself as one of the most remote regions in the lower 48. Huts and campgrounds are available for those who wish to stay overnight. An EarthSky member describes the stargazing opportunities as, “NO LIGHTS! Wide open skies!”
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.