Deep in the Mojave, researching the night sky

This post was originally published on this site Research by WISDOM interns help us understand the quality and the importance of the Mojave Desert’s dark night skies. Last fall a cohort of three college women began monitoring the night sky quality in the western portion of Mojave Trails National Monument. Their research will help the…

After the summer rains, new growth

If you live in the high desert, you have probably noticed the landscape has become unusually green recently. Monsoonal rains across the Mojave Desert this summer have led to the germination of summer annuals like chinchweed and fringed amaranth in some parts of the desert.

Ay te Voy: Navigating a career in conservation

This post was originally published on this site Corina Godoy felt she had a calling to work in conservation. Along the way, she didn’t see many people who looked like her. Undeterred and embracing her passion, she forged ahead, knowing that she would have to clear her own path. By Corina Godoy, MDLT Lead Nursery Production…

Latino Conservation Week: Essential reading list

This post was originally published on this siteCelebrating Latino voices in environmental literature Latino Conservation Week celebrates the connections of the Latino community with their passion for the outdoors, both for preservation and enjoyment. We have published a list of suggested reading in recognition of LCW, compiled by MDLT staff and our near and dear…

The women mapping the Mojave’s dark night skies

This post was originally published on this siteWISDOM interns discovered the darkest spot in the western portion of Mojave Trails National Monument. A new group is continuing that quest for the entire monument. Night Sky as seen in Piute Mountain Wilderness within Mojave Trails National Monument. Note the Milk Way’s prominence juxtaposed with the sky…

Juneteenth reading list: Black authors on science, conservation and the environment

This post was originally published on this siteJune 19th — Juneteenth — commemorates the day the last enslaved people were emancipated in the United States in 1865, although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed January 1, 1863. At MDLT, we celebrate the fiction and nonfiction writings by black authors that continue to shape our culture, contribute to conservation awareness, celebrate…

Landscaping with desert native plants

This post was originally published on this siteHelp support the Mojave Desert’s unique biodiversity by landscaping with desert natives With environmental threats like habitat loss and climate change upon us, our beloved wildlife and pollinators will appreciate the sanctuary of your yard. We can all try to cultivate an arid oasis. As native plants are well-adapted…

Dark sky data revealed for Mojave Trails National Monument

This post was originally published on this siteThe dark night sky is being mapped in the monument thanks to an MDLT project promoting women in STEM. The Milky Way above Mojave Trails National Monument. Photo: Global Eyes Media courtesy of Conservation Lands Foundation In February 2021, MDLT’s Dark Night Sky Measurement Project finished a six-month long…

Get weeding! Help manage invasive plants in the Mojave

This post was originally published on this siteGet weeding! Help manage invasive plants in the Mojave The Mojave Desert is spectacular at all times of year, but springtime is especially abundant with wildflowers and other fresh sprouts. While seeing splashes of bright green amidst our sandy washes might seem like a sight for sore eyes, in…

Springing forward: Resilient native plants return

This post was originally published on this site This edition of the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center January 2021 newsletter has been reprinted in full. Subscribe to the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center newsletter here. Fires burned the Inland Southern California landscapes all around us in summer and autumn 2020. Nearly six months later, with little rain,…