Winter Not for Batwatching

In autumn and winter, we seem to be racing through the holidays.  Halloween, Thanksgiving, then Christmas and New Year’s.  What are some of the animals that we connect to these events?  Whether for their symbolism or their activity at certain times of the...

Rock Piles

Some folks say the Mojave Desert is just a bunch of rocks – a “gravel pit.”  While other deserts around the world seem to be made of pure sand, those in the American Southwest are a bit rockier.  Sand dunes exist, only in sparse locales.  The huge monolithic...
Gardening for Wildlife

Gardening for Wildlife

  According to the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), May is Garden for Wildlife month.  At least in southern Nevada, we’ve been lucky this year to have a lingering spring, so it is still possible to do some gardening in May.  If you certify your yard as a...

Signs of Spring

Mojave Max, the desert tortoise, emerged from his burrow on March 29, so it must be spring.  Granted that the spring arrival is a little late this year due to lingering cool temperatures, still it is welcomed with no less enthusiasm.  Max’s girlfriends emerged a few...
The Gift that Keeps Giving

The Gift that Keeps Giving

All I want for Christmas is to get outside… Christmas Eve – the shopping rush is done.  But there is a last-minute gift that you can still give your kids – and you won’t have to wrap it.  Give them the gift of the outdoors.  It’s perfect, really, since it’s free, it’s...

Turkeys in the Desert?

Why, yes, Virginia, there are turkeys in the Mojave Desert!  And you thought you could only get a holiday turkey from back east.  The fact is, wild turkeys are year-long residents in parts of Nevada, including Overton and Mason Valley.  Okay, they’re not native...