The bighorn sheep is famously elusive. Interns hope to understand their movement

This post was originally published on this siteThe bighorn sheep is famously elusive. Interns hope to understand its movement Every few weeks, Alejandra Lopez leaves her home in Long Beach, CA to drive 3.5 hours to join an all-female research team collecting scientific data on the bighorn sheep in the Mojave Desert. By Alejandra Lopez, Intern for…

Desert plants — and the desert floor itself — are key fighters of climate change

This post was originally published on this siteDesert plants — and the desert floor itself — are key fighters of climate change The so-called ‘barren’ lands of the Mojave actually play an important role in keeping carbon out of the atmosphere. Creosote on Mojave Desert Land Trust property in Mojave Trails National Monument. Photo: Marinna Wagner/MDLT If you were to…

The women tracking bighorn sheep in the Mojave

This post was originally published on this siteInterns are leading a pilot project in Mojave Trails National Monument monitoring the protected species WISDOM interns (L-R) Elena, Abby, and Alejandra with BLM Natural Resource Specialist Lis Mota (second from right). Photo: Kyle Sullivan/BLM By Mary Cooke-Rhyne, Mojave Desert Land Trust Education Coordinator The temperature is around…

Seven hotspots for biological diversity, now protected

This post was originally published on this siteThe Mojave Desert Land Trust recently purchased 1,200 acres in the Sierra. These lands are home to seven springs and may be some of the most species-rich spots in Southern California. Welcome to Desert Springs. By Peter Satin, Director of Land Management MDLT Director of Land Management Peter Satin…

“I’m a ranger for a 680-acre parcel of gorgeous land”

This post was originally published on this sitePhoto: Jessica Dacey/MDLT By Chris Shinar, Mojave Desert Land Trust volunteer I moved here a few years ago to experience the natural beauty of the Mojave Desert… the wildlife, the Joshua trees and the scenery. When an opportunity to help preserve these beautiful lands appeared, I became a…

Here’s why you should become a volunteer ranger

This post was originally published on this siteThe Mojave Desert Land Trust manages 7,000 acres of pristine desert in the Morongo Basin. Community Lands Rangers are integral to helping protect those lands. Photo: Emmalyn Snead/MDLT By Peter Satin, Director of Land Management Those of us that have the good fortune to call the Morongo Basin home…

How I fell in love with my job

This post was originally published on this siteCindy Holland is MDLT’s Volunteer Coordinator. She was responsible for the AmeriCorps NCCC Gold 2 team while they served with MDLT earlier this year. I fell in love with my job through my time working with AmeriCorps NCCC Gold 2. I’ve heard countless stories of how people fall in…

AmeriCorps NCCC Gold 2: Three months in the Mojave

This post was originally published on this siteThe statistics are amazing — 969 feet of irrigation installed, 674 signs posted, 2,300 seeds sown, 9.5 tons of waste removed. How did 11 people achieve so much in such a short time? AmeriCorps NCCC team Gold 2 has ended a three-month service project with MDLT, having helped restore 3,465 acres…