Introduction

The Mojave Desert occupies 35.000 square kilometers primarily within southeastern California and southern Nevada. Small areas also extend into Utah and Arizona. Its boundaries are generally noted by the presence of Joshua Trees (Yucca brevifolia) which are native only to the Mojave Desert and are considered an indicator species. It is believed to support an additional 1,750 to 2,000 species of plants. Besides some mammals like coyotes and bighorn sheep, numerous reptiles such as the California gopher tortoise and the Mojave rattlesnake can be found.

The seaweed  or kelp forests along the Californian Pacific coast store carbon and provide a habitat for a large number of fish and invertebrates. The survival of around 800 species of marine life, but also the survival of the local fishing and surfing industries, depend on the existence of these kelp forests. California condors are one of the most endangered species in the world. In 1987, a controversial decision was made to bring all remaining condors into human care and the last wild bird was captured in that same year. At that time, it was uncertain if the California condor would ever soar again in the wild. Through the efforts of many organizations and individuals, reintroduction of California condors began in 1992 and now has a population of over 230 animals living in the wild again.

The full program and options can be viewed and booked at: https://www.elmundo.at/produkt/naturreise-zur-pazifikkueste-suedkaliforniens/

  • date

    04 – 16 May 2022

  • location

    Southern California

  • course duration

    13 days including days of arrival and departure

  • course language

    German / English

  • minimum number of participants

    min/max 6 people

  • fee

    2.790 Euros, including accommodation, excluding flights

    optional flights from/to Vienna from 860 Euros

Itinerary

Following the Pacific coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles we visit impressive redwood forests and numerous nature reserves along the way with many opportunities to watch animals such as sea lions, seals, sea otters but also vultures and maybe even condors. We visit one of the best aquariums of the world in Monterey and learn about its conservation projects and the kelp forest. Whale watching in Monterey Bay is optional. Big Sur – the “Big South” – is the name of the stretch of coast from Monterey to San Simeon, which has been the backdrop for numerous film and television productions from Lassie to Basic Instinct and has been attracting artists for decades. Ultimately we reach Los Angeles, where we still have a whole day to spare before heading back home or further on into the desert.

Additional Program: Deserts of Southern California

We are going east from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, the starting point for exploring the Joshua Tree National Park with its unique scenery, fauna and flora. Day trips take us to impressive landscapes with bizarre rock formations, salt-encrusted areas, mud pots and a fascinating animal world.

The full program and options can be viewed and booked at: https://www.elmundo.at/produkt/naturreise-zur-pazifikkueste-suedkaliforniens/

accommodation

US standard hotels/motels included

flights

e.g. home airport – San Francisco/Los Angeles – home airport

equipment

we recommend to bring binoculars, camera and field guides

Program *

  • adaptations to extreme environments
  • life in the desert
  • threats to & conservation of endangered species
  • local conservation projects
  • San Diego Zoo & Safari Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • humans & wildlife
  • coastal estuaries
  • seals, sealions, and elephant seals
  • sea otters & the kelp forest
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • redwoods
  • San Francisco Bay

* GoWILD is responsible for the program and its content only. All travel arrangements and booking are left with participants. Program changes reserved

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