Here’s a great American Guide Week dispatch on the amazing Mojave desert.
FLORA and FAUNA - MOJAVE DESERT, NEVADA
Still so much good stuff from American Guide Week to share. Corinne checks in from Nevada and- AHHHHHHH baby bobcats! baby rabbits! skeptical-faced desert tortoise!
Here’s just a small sampling of the diversity and beauty found in the Mojave Desert for the American Guide week assignment flora and fauna. And representing Nevada! As a wildlife biologist, I’m outside in all types of weather and terrain, and that means I’m lucky enough to observe the wildflowers in the spring, the elusive desert tortoise, and many a sunrise and sunset across the wide open desert.
People may think of the desert as a barren, boring area, but it’s anything but! This spring in Nevada, I got rained and hailed on, saw an incredible array of wildflowers, spotted a Gila monster, many tortoises, and so many tiny animals (including but not limited to the bobcats and jackrabbits pictured above).
Working outside has given me a great appreciation for the beauty and fragility of the Mojave and the rest of our open spaces; and all of the hard work that goes into making sure that these ecosystems stay healthy and can be enjoyed by future generations. Desert landscapes do have lower diversity than other types of habitat, but the plants and animals that have adapted to thrive there are incredibly unique. Don’t forget about the deserts of the American southwest when you are planning an adventure in the great outdoors!
species pictured: bobcat kittens, schinia ligeae moth on a mojave aster, juvenile black-tailed jackrabbit, western pygmy blue butterfly, and mojave desert tortoise
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Corinne is from New England but has been working and adventuring around the southwest for about three years. She’s a wildlife biologist, so her work revolves around hiking, camping, and studying rare wildlife. When she’s not living and working out in the desert, she’s road tripping to visit museums, mountains, and anywhere there is Water. Follow her on Tumblr on c-quoia.tumblr.com.