The spiky and distinctive Joshua tree is found almost exclusively in the Mojave Desert, which is located in the American Southwest. Although it can live for hundreds of years, some scientists believe that if climate change continues at the current rate the tree could face extinction within the century.
This trip sees you working with researchers in Joshua Tree National Park to better understand and preserve the prized tree species, as well as the Mojave’s fragile ecosystem.
• Monitoring desert vegetation from as close as possible
• Conducting field work to learn about this remarkable foliage in their natural habitat
• Exploring the desert for rare birds and larger animals and tortoises
• Trapping reptiles and amphibians in pitfall trap holes for a brief study on iPads before letting them go back into the wild
EarthWatch Institute • 800.776.0188 Length/Departs: 7 day/Mar., Apr. Accommodation: House, dorms Price: $2,195 USD Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous
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