After a few hectic weeks, the Amargosa Conservancy interns are getting back to their normal routine. We spent most of this week back at Sperry Wash, where we eliminated several incursions (tracks in areas where there should be no off-route travel) and also braved some vicious sandstorms. Since Rhyan and Alison were at the Afton Canyon outreach event last Sunday (see...

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In late November of 2015 our Student Conservation Association AmeriCorps intern Abby Mattson set about planning a greenhouse nursery in which to grow native three square bulrush (Schoenoplectus americanus). In the long run, this cultivated bulrush would be used in habitat restoration for the endangered Amargosa vole (Microtus californicus scirpensis), which absolutely relies on this native plant as its food...

Some might believe this is just a blown and barren land, but the Amargosa River has created an oasis in the desert. My workdays here in the Mojave Desert revolve around water: I spend every day outside and my work week starts and ends in muck boots. As an AmeriCorps intern through the Student Conservation Association (SCA), my role at...

By Jayna Sames February 2016 “I didn’t bring my hip waders. I thought I was moving to the desert!” I jokingly responded to the two other interns, Abby and Anne, as I walked through the conservancy doorway soaking wet in short sleeves, shorts, and dripping Keen sandals. I had returned from an excursion to the Shoshone pupfish ponds where I was given...