You often read about “wildlife corridors” in MBCA’s emails, comment letters, and resource materials. We have relied on the work of South Coast Wildlands (SCWildlands.org) for our understanding of these corridors or "linkages." SCWildlands is a non-profit organization “dedicated to ensuring functional habitat connectivity across diverse wildland networks.” Their mission is “… to protect and restore systems of connected wildlands that support native wildlife and the ecosystems upon which they rely.
The research performed by SCWildlands is a key element of the Morongo Basin Conservation Priorities Map. SCWildlands prepared a well-researched “Linkage Design” for important native species in the Morongo Basin area, showing habitat appropriate for the movement of the Basin’s native species. Following is a description of their research:
Special Desert Species
Read a May 2017 update from the Los Angeles Times on the status of desert tortoises in Joshua Tree National Park. A July 2015 article in The Desert Sun describes a tortoise research study occurring in the southeastern part of Joshua Tree National Park and provides an overview of concerns including the effects of climate change. Basic Facts about Desert Tortoises is available from Defenders of Wildlife (defenders.org).
Don't Feed the Wildlife!
Thanks to local resident and KCET writer Chris Clarke for this poster.
Unique Desert Animals of Morongo Basin