06.20.2017…11:57…106°…36.083865, -115.035015 (the numbers of my day)…

…it’s now four minutes after noon…

i’m reminded that the desert is a dangerous place…the temperature, the weather, the environment, the native wildlife, and the transplanted wildlife.

on an average, the temperature varies widely between 38° and 105°…it is very rarely below 30° and very rarely above 111°. the “hot season” lasts for approximately 3-1/2 months. it lasts from june 2 until september 16…with the average high temperature being 95°. the hottest day of the year has historically been july 13, with an average high of 105° and average low of 80°.

on the flipside, the “cold season” lasts approximately 3-1/4 months. it lasts from november 18 until february 24…with the average daily high temperature being around 66°. the coldest day of the year has historically been december 26, with an average high of 56° and average low of 38°.

the desert is home to weather events such as excessive heat, extreme cold, windstorms, duststorms, hailstorms, flash floods, droughts, mudslides, debris flows, landslides, severe thunderstorms, killer lightning, tornadoes, funnel clouds, water spouts, and dust devils. 

the desert is home to many different and unique breeds of wildlife…this group includes mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects. they can be broken down by diet…carnivores, herbivores, omnivores, insectivores, and scavengers. they can be divided into the two groups of predator and prey. and, they can also be classified by activity…diurnal and nocturnal. the mojave is also home to two breeds of feral animals…the wild horse and the wild burro.

the mojave desert is home to many endangered and threatened species of both fauna and flora…

     mammals:

          amargosa southern pocket gopher
          desert bighorn sheep
          mountain lion
          townsend’s big-eared bat

     birds:

          bald eagle
          california brown pelican
          least bell’s vireo
          mexican spotted owl
          yuma clapper rail

     reptiles:

          coachella valley fringe-toed lizard
          desert tortoise

     amphibians:

          lowland leopard frog

     fish:

          bonytail chub
          colorado squawfish
          devil’s hole pupfish
          mojave tui chub
          humpback chub
          razorback sucker

     insects and snails:

          badwater snail
          devil’s hole warm springs riffle beetle

     plants:

          bear-paw poppy
          foxtail cactus
          eureka valley evening primrose
          panamint daisy
          sticky buckwheat

the mojave desert was originally home to native american tribes: mohave, kawaiisu, kitanemuk, serrano, koso, southern paiute, chemehuevi. a spaniard, catholic missionary, francisco garces was the first to meet the mohaves. the us army annexed the mohave and created a reservation, where less than 2,000 mohave tribe members actually live today.

the new residents of the mojave, have shaped and changed it forever. the desert is now theirs. they have changed it to suit them. they are : prospectors and miners, military and government testers, paranormal investigators and otherworldly explorers, the “mob element” and criminal investors, gamblers and fortune hunters, freelancers and independent contractors, sex workers and marijuana workers, guards and drivers, dealers and players, retirees and snowbirds, bartenders and drinkers, chefs and entertainers, the addicted and the homeless.

***on maps and documents mojave is spelled with a “j.” pertaining to the tribe of native americans, mohave is spelled with an “h.” when in arizona or speaking of the arizona part of the desert, mohave is spelled with an “h.”***


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