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Preserving a symbol of the desert

This post was originally published on this site The 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…

Wildlife cameras pinpoint movement of protected bighorn sheep

This post was originally published on this site Take a close look at the horns of this desert bighorn sheep. The rings are a sign of how old he is. This detailed image is from a wildlife camera in Mojave Trails National Monument. For the past few months, the Women in Science Discovering our Mojave (WISDOM) project has…

Wildlife cameras provide close-ups of bighorn sheep

This post was originally published on this site By Elena Palacios, Women in Science Discovering Our Mojave intern Afton Canyon is known locally as the “Grand Canyon of the Mojave”. It not only has impressive geological formations, but it is one of the few places where the Mojave River flows above ground all year. Bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis…

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

This post was originally published on this site 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 Women in Science Discovering Our Mojave I first learned about the desert…

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

This post was originally published on this site 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 dream up a landscape designed to fight climate change, it’d likely be…

The women tracking bighorn sheep in the Mojave

This post was originally published on this site Interns 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 105 degrees….

Seven biologically rich areas, now protected

This post was originally published on this site The Mojave Desert Land Trust recently purchased 1,200 acres in the Sierra foothills. 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”

Photo: 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 Mojave Desert Land Trust volunteer and Community…

Here’s why you should become a volunteer ranger

This post was originally published on this site The 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 know…