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.
Desert Travels of Esperanza Hernandez and Marc Eldridge
While Covid-19 precautions have canceled and postponed Desert Survivors excursions, it has not stop some members from getting out there in the wild. In recent months Esperanza Hernandez and Marc Eldridge have ventured into the Mojave where they backpacked and car camped and they have brought back these wonderful photographs of their adventures.
Their travels have taken them to Death Valley N.P., the Mojave National Preserve and other beautiful and intriguing places in the desert. Esperanza's niece Samm Garcia joined them from time to time too.
Desert Survivors members love to explore the desert. When it is safe to resume group activities we will be sponsoring trips to these wonderful lands. In the meantime, stay safe, we will see you in the wilderness just as soon as we can.
The Desert Beckons. Are you ready?
It has been a difficult last 12 months. The Covid-19 pandemic, a video of a black man's death in the hands of police, and the tumult of the Trump presidency made it a year no one would want to repeat. Yet this April there is reason for optimism. The vaccination rate is brisk, Washington seems to have a functioning government again and we could soon safely gather in groups. It is not hard to imagine happier days ahead
It is with anticipation of better times that we ask Desert Survivors members to renew their annual dues. Your membership builds community and helps us sustain programs of education and conservation of desert lands. If we remain vigilant about wearing masks and social distancing and getting vaccinated, we hope to resume desert excursions with safety by the end of the year. The cost is only $30.
We understand for many people the economic disaster of the pandemic still ongoing. Fiscal hardship should not be an impediment for members to remain in the fold. Please know that Desert Survivors members who were current in Spring 2020 will continue to remain on our roster and will receive information, participate in events and get The Survivor magazine. This crisis will eventually end and we want you with us when it does.
Thank you for your support
To renew by check, mail to:
Desert Survivors, P.O. Box 20991, Oakland, CA 94620-0991
If your contact information has changed,
please include a note with the new details.
Illustration: Watercolor of Flowering Cacti, by Mary Emily Eaton,
from the monograph The Cactaceae Vol. IV, N.Briton and J. Rose (1923).
DESERT SURVIVORS AND OTHER CONSERVATION GROUPS HEAD BACK TO COURT OVER PROTECTION OF BI-STATE SAGE GROUSE
On September 29, 2020 conservation groups, including Desert Survivors, sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect the imperiled bi-state sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act despite ongoing population declines.
The bird was originally proposed for listing as threatened in 2013, with 1.86 million acres of critical habitat proposed for designation, but the Fish and Wildlife Service abandoned the proposal in 2015. In 2018 a federal court found the agency had wrongly denied Endangered Species Act protection to the bi-state sage grouse and required it to re-evaluate the bird’s situation. The grouse was again proposed for protection, but in March 2020 federal officials denied protection.
The Fish and Wildlife Service claims its reversal is based on a collection of voluntary conservation measures, but many of those measures have been in place for more than a decade, while the sage grouse has continued to decline.
The groups filing the lawsuit are Desert Survivors, the Center for Biological Diversity, Western Watersheds Project and WildEarth Guardians. The groups are represented by attorneys from the Center for Biological Diversity and the Stanford Environmental Law Clinic.