Los Angeles Times: The Wild
Once upon a time, you could look up and see the stars in the night sky. That’s harder to do these days for the 82% of Americans who live in cities that cast a wide urban glow. International Dark Sky Week, April 5-12, aims to raise awareness about the downside of light pollution. You can visit an official dark sky park east of L.A. — Joshua Tree and Death Valley national parks plus Anza-Borrego Desert State Park — to see what you’re missing in the night sky. Check out this Death Valley guide on where to go and Joshua Tree National Park’s tips for night-sky watching. Also, learn how light pollution affects animals and desert plants in Mojave Trails National Monument in a free virtual seminar (register here) at 6 p.m. on April 8, hosted by the Mojave Desert Land Trust and the Conservation Lands Foundation.