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 of Mojave Trails National Monument (MTNM). Using both a Sky Quality Meter — or SQM — and Dark Sky Meter (DSM) phone app, three Women In Science Discovering Our Mojave (WISDOM) interns were able to contribute vital scientific research in the monument.
Latino Conservation Week celebrates the connections of the Latino community with their passion for the outdoors, both for preservation and enjoyment. We have published a list of suggested reading in recognition of LCW, compiled by MDLT staff and our near and dear partners in conservation and outreach from our desert communities.
We hope that it inspires you to read and learn more about the world around us from our community of Latino voices.
Climate Change from the Streets: How Conflict and Collaboration Strengthen the Environmental Justice Movement by Michael Méndez
Mendez offers a holistic overview of the intersections of California’s…
WISDOM interns discovered the darkest spot in the western portion of Mojave Trails National Monument. A new group is continuing that quest for the entire monument.
By Mary Cook-Rhyne, MDLT Education Coordinator and program manager of the Women in Science Discovering Our Mojave (WISDOM) program.
Research by WISDOM interns has reminded us how beautifully dark the night sky is out in the western part of Mojave Trails National Monument. In the continuation of the Dark Night Sky Measurement Project, three new interns have picked up where the last group left off — well, in a way.
Mojave Trails National Monument…
June 19th — Juneteenth — commemorates the day the last enslaved people were emancipated in the United States in 1865, although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed January 1, 1863. At MDLT, we celebrate some fiction and nonfiction writings by black authors that continue to shape our culture, contribute to conservation awareness, celebrate exploration, and acknowledge the ongoing work towards equality still necessary over 150 years later.
Buzzing with Questions: The Inquisitive Mind of Charles Henry Turner
By Janice N. Harrington
Charles Henry Turner (1867–1923) was an animal behaviorist who pioneered the science of entomology, specializing in the study of social…
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 to this climate and soil, they require less water and don’t require fertilizers, making them a low-maintenance way to beautify your outdoor spaces. Before you get started, check out our guide to managing invasive plants to allow your plants to live their best lives!
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 actuality, not all of the greenery is beneficial. Some of these are invasive species that if left unchecked, can run rampant over the landscape, harming ecosystems and the animals who rely on the native flora for food.
When gardening in your little slice of desert paradise, you’ll want to pull the invasive weeds as soon as you notice them to…
Fires burned the Inland Southern California landscapes all around us in summer and autumn 2020. Nearly six months later, with little rain, native plants are growing back across the area’s charred Native American homelands.
If 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 the Desert Oracle, and Geary Hund, of the Mojave Desert Land Trust.
From Columba Quintero, Native American Land Conservancy:
Bringing Creation Back Together Again: The Salt Songs of the Nuwuvi; a Multi-Disciplinary Dispatch by Kim Stringfellow, PhD and Mathew Leivas, Chemehuevi Elder
Lands of Promise and Despair, Chronicles of Early California 1535–1846…
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 incredible. Yet, the stars are becoming harder and harder to see in populated areas.
Hi, Mary Cook-Rhyne here. I am the Education Coordinator at MDLT and the program manager for the Women in Science Discovering Our Mojave (WISDOM) program. Today I’d like to introduce you to the Dark Night Sky Measurement Project. For this project, interns have begun monitoring the night sky quality in the western portion of Mojave Trails National Monument.
The Mojave Desert Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization protecting lands with natural, scenic, and cultural value within the Mojave Desert.