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Jack Rabbit in the Desert

How Do Animals Survive in the Desert?

Lack of water creates a survival problem for all desert organisms, animals and plants alike. But animals have an additional problem -- they are more susceptible to extremes of temperature than are plants. For four or five months of the year, the daily temperatures in the desert may actually exceed the range in which animal tissue can survive. More...

Monsters in Borrego Springs

Monsters & the Milky Way in the Borrego Desert

A warm wind blows across me, but I still feel a chill run down my back. I'm alone in the desert. I'm at one of the darkest places on earth according to my map. It's a little scary, especially while visions of coyotes, scorpions, and roving gangs of desert hares dance in my head. I'm here to photograph monsters. It isn't my imagination. More...

Nellie Cashman

The Angel of Tombstone

"Pretty as a Victorian cameo and, when necessary, tougher than two-penny nails," Nellie Cashman wandered frontier mining camps of the 1800s seeking gold, silver and a way to help others. Throughout the West, she was variously known as the Frontier Angel, the Saint of the Sourdoughs, the Miner's Angel, the Angel of the Cassiar and the Angel of Tombstone. More...

Colt 44

Wells Fargo, the Pony Express & the Colt 44

Soon after gold was discovered in 1848 at Sutter's Mill, entrepreneurs from all across North America flocked to California, drawn by the promise of huge profits. Vermont native Henry Wells and New Yorker William Fargo watched California's booming economy with great interest, suspecting money could indeed be made. More...

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Desert Animals

What animals live in the desert? How do animals survive in the desert? Learn about mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians that have adapted to the harsh desert ecosystems. Here is a list of animals that live in the desert with links to additional information on each animal. Learn how they survive in the desert biome. More...

Joshua Tree

Desert Plants

How do plants survive the desert? Desert flora have adapted to the extremes of heat and aridity by using both physical and behavioral mechanisms, much like desert animals. Here are links to the flora found in the deserts, with photos and information about each plant. More...

Miner's Shortcut to Nowhere

Desert Life - Animals, Plants, People and the Environment

Deserts cover more than one fifth of the Earth's land, and they are found on every continent. Deserts can be classified as "hot" or "cold". Deserts receive less than 10 inches of precipitation a year. Lack of water creates a survival problem for all desert organisms, animals, plants and people. More...

Bristol Dry Lake

Desert Activities -
Explore the Desert

The desert is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors and to spend time in recreational activities. People go to the desert to camp, to hike, to bike, to fish, to explore and to experience the unique environment found only in the American Southwest and its deserts. More...

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Burrowing Owl (lower right)

Saving the Burrowing Owls

It amazes me how few people have seen burrowing owls. When I talk about them, their usual response is "but owls are only out at night!" Well, these animated little critters actually spend a good deal of their time outside their burrows during the day. More...

Burrowing Owl (lower right)

Saving the Burrowing Owls

It amazes me how few people have seen burrowing owls. When I talk about them, their usual response is "but owls are only out at night!" Well, these animated little critters actually spend a good deal of their time outside their burrows during the day. More...

Pancho Villa Statue

Pancho Villa and the Raid of Columbus, NM

Jack Thomas, deputy sheriff, and other officials sensed "something in the air," said Bill Rakocy, Villa Raids Columbus, N. Mex. Mar. 9, 1916. "They had noticed strange Mexicans in town-many 'friendly Mexicans' became silent and some left town." More...

Potash Road in Utah

Exploring Utah

The campground was great for small mobile homes or tent campers like me. It was right next to the Colorado River. There were access points that allowed campers to submerge themselves in the cold water after a hot summer day in Moab. More...

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