Hello Volunteers!

It’s definitely feels like the end of the season – more and more of you are saying goodbye before the warm weather really sets in, and our regular schedule of events is starting to wind down. We hope to see you on our last few Thursday/Saturday Hikes before the end of the season, and at these special events:

Saturday, April 8: Weed Warriors on the Hopalong Cassidy Trail
We’ll be clearing a small patch of fountain grass from the trail Saturday morning. This is our last chance this season to help restore more Peninsular bighorn sheep habitat! We’ll meet at the Visitor Center parking lot at 7:00 AM. RSVP to Jennifer..

Sunday, April 9: Sand Dune Discovery
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to visit the Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge and see the endangered Coachella Valley Fringe-toed lizard and Flat-tailed Horned Lizard with Dr. Cameron Barrows. We will meet at the North Bermuda Dunes Fire Station at 8:00 AM. RSVP to Ada.

Tuesday, April 11: Full Moon Hike in La Quinta
These hikes have become some of our most popular events – for good reason – they’re fun! This month the signups are already overflowing, and we could use a few extra volunteers to help out. The hike lasts from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. RSVP to Ada.

Thursday, April 13: Earth Day at Desert Mirage High School
This will be our first hosting a booth at this event, and it looks like a lot of fun. We’ll be bringing some activities for the students (plus our resident Rosy Boa), and could use a few extra hands for the day, from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM. RSVP to Jennifer.

Saturday, April 22nd: Earth Day in Joshua Tree National Park!
We’re wrapping our series of Sahara Mustard weed pulls on Earth Day in Joshua Tree National Park! We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day than helping to protect the biodiversity of our amazing desert. We’ll pull weeds from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, we have a group camp site reserved in the park on Friday and Saturday nights, for those interested. RSVP to Jennifer.

Friday, April 28: Native American Pottery Making
Our final lecture in partnership with the Palm Desert Historical Society will be a talk and demonstration by Tony Soares, perhaps the top practitioner of Native American pottery making in the southwest. Lectures are held at the Portola Community Center in Palm Desert from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. RSVP at 760-862-9984.

Ongoing Citizen Science Opportunities
Help researchers at the University of California, Joshua Tree National Park, and US Fish and Wildlife gather vital data on the unique species of our desert. Upcoming projects include a genetic survey of Coachella Valley Fringe-toed Lizards, counting lizards and tortoises in Joshua Tree National Park, arthropod pitfall surveys, Casey’s June Beetle surveys in Palm Springs, and climate change monitoring in the National Monument. Contact Colin for more information.