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.
Photography of Desert Flora by Bob Davis
There are many terrific photographers among Desert Survivors members. One of the best is Bob Davis. Mr. Davis is an avid desert backpacker and has a keen eye for the plants of the Mojave that are most vibrant after the winter rains. Many of these images were taken on Desert Survivors trips that Mr. Davis led. Become a member of Desert Survivors and we will take you to places with beautiful wild flowers and intruiging plants.
You can learn more about Bob Davis' desert adventures by going to his website: http://www.riskingtoofar.com
On October 13, 2021 Desert Survivors held its Annual General Meeting in the Valley of Fire, Nevada. A new board of directors was elected. Pictured here from left to right: Chuck McGinn, Mike Wells, Craig King (Secretary), Barb Bane, Michael Goertz, Michelle Bashin (President), Nick Blake (Communications Director), Charlene Daniels (Volunteer Director), Marisa Seaman (Activities Director), Steve Ehrmann (Managing Director) and Stacy Goss. Not in picture: Kim Marcus.
Desert Survivors Trips Are Back!
After suspending in-person group activities for 18 months because of Covid-19, in September 2021, Desert Survivors resumed its trips, with an excursion to the Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge in south-east Oregon. David Oline led this Great Basin Desert trip. Participants camped along a lovely creek at a hot spring, checked out Petroglyph Lake, visited the Lost Forest, and hiked to fantastic views. Please go to the Trips & Events page to learn about upcoming Desert Survivors trips and how you can join in.
Videos of Desert Survivors Presentations
Videos of Desert Survivors online presentations are available for viewing. Please click on Resources from the Menu Bar and select Videos from the sub-menu.
We currently feature David Oline's April 18, 2021 presentation on the Great Basin, and Michael Cardwell's July 18, 2021 slide show on poisonous desert reptiles.
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.