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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 In February 2021, MDLT’s Dark Night Sky Measurement Project finished a six-month long survey of the night sky quality in the western portion…

Get weeding! Help manage invasive plants in the Mojave

This post was originally published on this siteThe 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 actuality, not all of the greenery is beneficial….

Volunteering deepens a connection to the land

This post was originally published on this site As a volunteer land steward, Wendy Hadley is responsible for MDLT’s 470-acre spectacular Flat Top Mesa property. Being a land steward gives you an excuse to visit this kind of beauty! Photo: Wendy Hadley By Wendy Hadley, Mojave Desert Land Trust Volunteer I have lived in Pioneertown in the Mojave…

Women return to tracking bighorn in the Mojave

This post was originally published on this site The Women in Science Discovering Our Mojave internship has provided new insights into the movement of bighorn sheep in the Mojave Desert, with game cameras collecting data and images of the elusive species. The internship expands this fall with three new interns further tracking bighorn movement and gathering data on…

Action alert: Help protect the Joshua tree

This post was originally published on this site Photo: Brandy Dyess/MDLT (This article was updated on September 21, 2020) We are at a critical juncture for the western Joshua tree. It may seem impossible to imagine the southern California desert without its signature Joshua tree forests, but without adequate protective measures to address impending threats, it’s a very…

The first plants were people

This post was originally published on this site “Among the Cahuilla, plants were not viewed simply as objects which might or might not be useful to man, but as living beings with whom one could communicate and interact….Plants, like any life form, were therefore treated with respect.”- Temalpakh, by Lowell John Bean and Katherine Siva Saubel Mesquite (pictured), agave,…

Know your desert pollinators, and the plants they rely on

This post was originally published on this site Native 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 site Mountain 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 listing by…

How nature heals trauma

This post was originally published on this site Being 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 of…