Know your desert pollinators, and the plants they rely on

This post was originally published on this siteNative plants in the Mojave Desert are visited by hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. These pollinators are vital to our ecosystem. But they need our help. Diadasia bee covered in pollen of desert chicory (Rafinesquia neomexicana) ©Madena Asbell By Madena Asbell, Director of Plant Conservation Programs Pollinators are among the many…

Action alert! California mountain lions in peril

This post was originally published on this siteMountain lions in our deserts and related lions in the south and central coast of California are at risk of extinction. A petition to state list these animals as threatened is being heard by the California Fish and Game Commission. Here’s what you can do to support their…

Action alert! California mountain lions in peril

This post was originally published on this siteMountain lions in our deserts and related lions in the south and central coast of California are at risk of extinction. A petition to state list these animals as threatened is being heard by the California Fish and Game Commission. Find out below what you can do to…

How nature heals trauma

This post was originally published on this siteBeing in open spaces and nature has allowed Kate Hoit to “walk off the war” By Guest writer, Kate Hoit, California State Director for Vet Voice Foundation In 2005, I returned home from a yearlong deployment to Iraq. And no one ever tells you that coming home is one…

How nature heals trauma

This post was originally published on this siteBeing in open spaces and nature has allowed Kate Hoit to “walk off the war” By Guest writer, Kate Hoit, California State Director for Vet Voice Foundation In 2005, I returned home from a yearlong deployment to Iraq. And no one ever tells you that coming home is one…

It’s alive! The hidden microbial communities below our feet

This post was originally published on this siteEasily missed, biocrusts are ecosystem engineers in the soil. Here’s why we need to watch where we step. Placidum lichen growing around quartz with some patches of cyanobacteria. Photo: Brianne Palmer By guest writer, Brianne Palmer California’s deserts are harbors of biodiversity — filled with blossoming wildflowers, charismatic animals, and imperceptible microorganisms. Walk…

Preserving a symbol of the desert

This post was originally published on this siteThe search for signs of life of desert tortoise on the Mojave Desert Land Trust’s properties. By Luke Basulto, Land Steward Imagine life four inches from the ground. (Photo: Luke Basulto/MDLT) You would see things from a very different perspective. From just four inches up you would only see what…

Preserving a symbol of the desert

This post was originally published on this siteThe search for signs of life of desert tortoise on the Mojave Desert Land Trust’s properties. By Luke Basulto, Land Steward Imagine life four inches from the ground. (Photo: Luke Basulto/MDLT) You would see things from a very different perspective. From just four inches up you would only see what…