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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,…

The ultimate desert reading list

This post was originally published on this siteIf 2021 has you inspired to learn more about the California desert or indigenous history and culture, you’re in luck! We’ve compiled some of the favorite desert reads of Columba Quintero, of the Native American Land Conservancy, Brendan Cummings, of the Center for Biological Diversity, Ken Layne of…

Women look to the dark skies for data

This post was originally published on this siteNight Sky as seen from Bagdad in Mojave Trails National Monument. Note the Milk Way’s prominence in the photo. Photo: MDLT By Mary Cook-Rhyne, MDLT Education Coordinator Have you ever looked up at the nighttime sky and marveled at its vastness? I have and continue to because it is…

What is desert stewardship?

This post was originally published on this siteThe California desert environment is “extremely fragile, easily scarred, and slowly healed.” This apt description, from the 1976 designation of the California Desert Conservation Area, drives home the need for specialized stewardship of this beautiful landscape. This photo essay by Land Steward Stream Tuss explains what she does…

Why we’re tracking beetles in the Mojave Desert

This post was originally published on this siteBy Miranda Buckley, Women in Science Discovering Our Mojave intern “I’ve got a friend-o!” exclaims Roseanna, who’s crouched over, peering intently at the crunchy leaf-litter scattered on my old white bed sheet that’s been laid flat in the sandy riverbed. I’m making the last sweep of our final sample…

Explore use of this native plant in Indigenous culture with the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center.

This post was originally published on this siteThis edition of the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center August 2020 newsletter has been reprinted in full. Chia: A plant of power In this newsletter we explore paanihac (Serrano), pasal (Cahuilla), pashal (Luiseño), ‘ilépesh (Barbareño Chumash), nulh’amulh (Kumeyaay), or chia, as this sage plant (Salvia columbariae) is known in a few…

“Having more women in science gives us a voice”

This post was originally published on this siteIntern Brandee Galan checking for tamarisk beetles. Photo: Miranda By Brandee Galan, intern for Women in Science Discovering our Mojave I was born and raised in San Bernardino, 60 miles east of Los Angeles. It’s part of the Inland Empire and sits at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains….