Desert Survivors is an affiliation of desert lovers committed to experiencing, sharing and protecting desert wilderness wherever we find it. We recognize the places we love to explore will not remain wild unless we give others the opportunity to experience them as we do and unless we remain vigilant and active in our efforts to monitor and preserve them.

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Photography of Lynne Buckner

There are many terrific photographers among Desert Survivors members.  One of the best is Lynne Buckner.  Her pictures––mostly taken on Desert Survivors trips–– are featured here.  Lynne is an avid camper, backpacker and outdoor explorer who loves trekking into the desert.  She brings her camera (in recent years an iPhone) on every excursion, and it is always a joy to see images from her travels.

Videos of Desert Survivors Presentations

The desert is home to a wide variety of venomous reptiles and arthropods and myths about them abound; yet only a handful are capable of producing medically significant injuries in people.  In this July 18, 2021 slide show/presentation, wildlife biologist Michael Cardwell tells which creatures are truly dangerous, how to identify them, avoid their bites and stings, and provide appropriate first aid. He discusses common myths about these intriguing animals.  Click on the above image to watch the video on Vimeo.

The video of David Oline's April 18, 2021 slide show/presentation about the Great Basin is now available for viewing.  Mr. Oline discusses the geography, geology, and the plant and animal life of this place where rivers never reach to the sea and people are few and far between.  The show features highlights of Desert Survivors trips into this region led by Mr. Oline.   His accounts of these excursions are intriguing. They will make you want to get out there too.  Click on the above image to watch the video on Vimeo.

An OHV in action near California City, CA.  This part of the Mojave is criss-crossed with hundreds of motorcyle paths and roads created by off-road vehicles driving unfettered over the desert terrain.  Their tire tracks destroy the fragile desert top soil––destroying vegitation and the habitat of animal life.

A quad-runner in action near California City, CA. This part of the Mojave, once the home of thousands of desert tortoises, is now criss-crossed with hundreds of paths and roads created by off-road vehicles driving unfettered over the terrain. The vehicle tire tracks destroy the fragile desert top soil––killing vegetation and the habitat for all animals.

Lawsuit Launched Over Federal Project Threatening Desert Tortoises

On March 24, 2021 environmental groups filed a formal notice of their intent to sue the Interior Department, U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for authorizing activities in the California Desert Conservation Area that are driving desert tortoise and other threatened and endangered species toward extinction.

The notice says the Fish and Wildlife Service’s biological opinion for the West Mojave Route Network Project was replete with inaccuracies and ignored important scientific information. For example, the five-county plan failed to consider the severe declines in density and abundance of desert tortoise populations or examine how land-management changes could help stop those declines.

The groups filing the lawsuit are represented by the Stanford Law Clinic and the Center for Biological Diversity and include Desert Survivors, The California Native Plant Society, Defenders of Wildlife, Desert Tortoise Council and Sierra Club.

Desert Survivors considers the desert wilderness to be a precious treasure.  Native animals such as the desert tortoise are put under extreme stress and threatened extinction, in part to motorcycles and off-highway vehicles that run rampant over large swaths of their Mojave habitat.  Desert Survivors is committed in efforts to protect and preserve these wild creatures.

For more information on the lawsuit CLICK HERE.

Photo: Fiercefx, Flickr Creative Commons.