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Return of the Desert Ghost – Seventy Years in Absentia

By Thomas Egan   |   The endangered Sonoran pronghorn, or “Desert Ghost,” may be returning soon to its historic haunts in the southern California Deserts. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is in the process of finalizing an Endangered Species Act Non-essential, Experimental Population Rule, which would allow this Spirit of the Desert to […]

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Rattlesnakes And Kangaroo Rats – Predator Prey Interactions

The links in this article take you to astonishing videos that illustrate the assertions of the article. They are a must-see − Editor.   By Malachi D. Whitford, Grace A. Freymiller, Rulon W. Clark   |   In any predator-prey interaction, the predator is attempting to subdue the prey and the prey is attempting to evade capture. […]

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Desert Groundwater – A Resource at Risk

By Bill Christian   |   Groundwater stored in our desert basin aquifers is an increasingly valuable and scarce resource, sustaining both people and groundwater dependent ecosystems. Desert springs, where groundwater surfaces, are rare and easily threatened sources of water, critically important for a wide range of desert plants and animals. Perennial springs and seeps often serve as […]

Military Base Expansion in the Desert West – Where are we Headed?

By John Hiatt   |  Currently, the Air Force is proposing to expand the Nellis Test and Training Range (NTTR), in Southern Nevada, by some 300,000 acres, and the Navy wants to expand the Fallon Naval Air Station, in north central Nevada, by 769,724 acres, for a combined total of nearly 1.1 million acres. These proposed expansions come […]

Trailwork Thursdays at Convict Lake. Credit: Astra Lincoln

Trail Ambassadors – Giving the Eastern Sierra the Care It Deserves

By Alex Ertaud   |  As the snow thaws and creeks swell this time of year, many turn their eyes and thoughts upward, not to the heavens but to the Sierra High Country. The Sierra in the summertime provides much to us humans. A respite from the heat, clean mountain air and water, and immeasurable beauty in the […]

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Finding Common Ground – National Monuments Belong To Us All

By Hilary Clark   |  After a strenuous three-and-a-half hour hike, I reach the top of Telescope Peak, Death Valley’s highest point at over 11,000 feet. I watch the sun set over Mount Whitney to the distant west. To the east, I see the expansive shades of desert brown. Bristlecone pines surround me like twisted works of […]