Our first desert tortoise sighting of the spring yesterday came via one of our guests at our Sonora Homesteader cabin, who snapped the pretty photo above. This fella was out in the wash on BLM land next to the cabin.

We love seeing photos like this. Encountering one of these extraordinary wild creatures in their native habitat is one of the best things about living out here. It’s one of the reasons we started our Defend Joshua Tree effort a few years ago β€” because this kind of animal, this kind of setting, this kind of experience needs and deserves defending. If this rings a bell for you, please support the idea, and our work, by purchasing one of our beautiful t-shirts. We think you’ll find that the shirt is a great statement/conversation-starter about what you value, and why.

Check out what other plants and animals have been spotted out here lately via the growing “Coyote Valley” database at iNaturalist.


About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in JTHomesteader.com with Stephanie Smith.
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