Public Invited to Joshua Tree's First Biodiversity Hunt
The public is invited to take part in Joshua Tree National Park’s first “biodiversity hunt” to be held at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms on April 29 and 30. Scientific experts from southern California will join forces with community naturalists and race to identify every type of plant and animal within the 58 acres of the oasis from 10 am on Friday until 4 pm on Saturday. Final tallies of the number of species identified will be announced on Saturday afternoon.
The Oasis of Mara Biodiversity Hunt is designed to be part rapid survey, part educational event, and part celebration of biodiversity. “We want visitors, community members, and experts alike to come away feeling they’ve learned something new about the diversity of life here at Joshua Tree National Park” says Vicky Chang, park science coordinator. This event is the first of six biodiversity hunts planned to take place in sensitive habitats throughout the park.
Did You Know?
With nearly 750 species of vascular plants, Joshua Tree is renowned for its plant diversity. No wonder that when the area was first proposed for preservation in the early 1930s, the name suggested was Desert Plants National Park. More...