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Joshua Tree National Park Biodiversity

Joshua Tree National Park Biodiversity

To better preserve Joshua Tree National Park and its life-forms, we need a species inventory. You can contribute by adding your species observations, their distribution and abundance. Additionally, Joshua Tree National Park acts as a living laboratory for monitoring phenology, and how species respond to a changing climate. This data can help park staff in making policy decisions. While identifying organisms please check our updated species list to verify known species: www.nps/gov/jotr/naturescience/index.htm Other useful app tools are: Calflora - Observer App, What's Invasive! Sign in to join mission

Joshua Tree National Park Biodiversity
Created by

Robb Hannawacker

Website 6 participants 132 spottings

This Desert National Park includes the Mojave Desert and Sonoran Desert Ecosystems. Joshua Tree National Park (JOTR) has nearly 800,000 acres of protected federal land, and is one of Earth's intact desert ecosystems recognized as an International Biosphere Reserve. Approximately 80% of JOTR is designated Wilderness, "an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” Though very little rain or snow falls on JOTR, the land is far from life-less. Fascinating desert adapted organisms abound here, though most animals are secretive and avoid daytime temperatures. Most plants are either durable perennials like cactus, shrubs and yucca, or could spend many years as a seed amongst desert soils waiting for the infrequent moist winters, followed by a warm spring. More attention is being paid to our less showy organisms generally known at cryptogams. They include new species of moss, lichen and fungi being described. While walking off trail, be cautious not to disturb living soil structures call cryptobiotic soils/crust. Fungal, bacterial, and algal components that live together in mutualistic communities, enhance soil structure, moisture and nutrients.

Joshua Tree National Park Biodiversity

Lat: 34.13 Long: -116.04

Recent Spottings

Joshua Tree hannawacker 1 0 Joshua Tree
Unknown blue Jellis 4 1 Unknown blue
Phainopepla Jellis 4 1 Phainopepla
Mourning Dove Jellis 3 0 Mourning Dove
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Jellis 2 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Fishhook Cactus Jellis 2 0 Fishhook Cactus
Cactus Wren Jellis 1 0 Cactus Wren
White-Lined Sphinx Moth Sara Everett 1 0 White-Lined Sphinx Moth
Black-headed Grosbeak Sara Everett 2 0 Black-headed Grosbeak
Smallseed sandmat Robb Hannawacker 1 1 Smallseed sandmat
Great Purple Hairstreak Sara Everett 2 2 Great Purple Hairstreak
Mormon Metalmark Butterfly Sara Everett 1 0 Mormon Metalmark Butterfly
Glowworm beetle Robb Hannawacker 2 3 Glowworm beetle
Spotting Robb Hannawacker 0 2 Spotting
Strigose lotus Robb Hannawacker 0 0 Strigose lotus
Seven-spotted Ladybird Robb Hannawacker 2 1 Seven-spotted Ladybird
Anteater scarab beetle hannawacker 0 0 Anteater scarab beetle
Teddy Bear Cholla hannawacker 1 0 Teddy Bear Cholla
Desert Tortoise hannawacker 2 0 Desert Tortoise
Catclaw acacia hannawacker 1 0 Catclaw acacia
Western Short-horn Walkingstick hannawacker 0 1 Western Short-horn Walkingstick
Common side-blotched lizard hannawacker 1 0 Common side-blotched lizard
rattlesnake weed hannawacker 1 0 rattlesnake weed
Mojave mound cactus hannawacker 1 0 Mojave mound cactus
Western Scrub-Jay hannawacker 2 0 Western Scrub-Jay
Earth Star ToriMarshall 2 1 Earth Star
Chia hannawacker 3 2 Chia
Spotting hannawacker 3 1 Spotting
Costa's Hummingbird hannawacker 4 1 Costa's Hummingbird
Desert five-spot hannawacker 13 1 Desert five-spot
Canterberry bells hannawacker 6 0 Canterberry bells
COMMON CROWFOOT Common Storkbill; Common Herons-bill hannawacker 2 0 COMMON CROWFOOT Common Storkbill; Common Herons-bill
desert dandelion hannawacker 2 0 desert dandelion
Desert Fan Palm hannawacker 1 1 Desert Fan Palm
Western Kingbird hannawacker 1 0 Western Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike hannawacker 1 0 Loggerhead Shrike
Desert Tortoise hannawacker 1 0 Desert Tortoise
Beavertail Cactus hannawacker 3 0 Beavertail Cactus
White-stemmed mentzelia hannawacker 2 0 White-stemmed mentzelia
Creosote Bush hannawacker 1 0 Creosote Bush
Bigelow's Monkey Flower hannawacker 1 0 Bigelow's Monkey Flower
Cryptantha hannawacker 1 0 Cryptantha
Mojave Lupine hannawacker 1 0 Mojave Lupine
Peppergrass bush hannawacker 1 0 Peppergrass bush
Spotting hannawacker 0 1 Spotting
Pinacate beetle, Darkling beetle hannawacker 3 3 Pinacate beetle, Darkling beetle
California Tickseed hannawacker 3 0 California Tickseed
Flower moth hannawacker 1 0 Flower moth
Painted lady caterpillar hannawacker 1 1 Painted lady caterpillar
Coyote hannawacker 1 0 Coyote

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