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.

  • date

    04 – 20 February 2022

  • location

    Southern California

  • course duration

    17 days

  • course language

    German / English

  • minimum number of participants

    8 persons

  • course fee

    € 1.750, incl. all transfers in California

Expert-Guided Field Trip

Our itinerary leads us from Los Angeles to San Diego, where we visit the famous San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. From San Diego we continue east and cross impressive desert landscapes, encounter bizarre rock formations, salt-encrusted areas and mud-spitting geysers but also learn about the consequences of dam breaks, agriculture and tourism before we explore the unique landscape, fauna and flora of the Joshua Tree National Park.

Back in Los Angeles we take a day off that can be used to visit Universal Studios, stroll through Hollywood, hang out in Griffith Park or Santa Monica and Venice Beach.

Continuing along Highway 1 north we meet seals, sea lions, sea otters, and visit elephant seals in mating season. In Monterey we take a look at what is probably the best aquarium in the world and check out its numerous conservation projects and the “kelp forest”. Whale watching in Monterey Bay is optional and after visiting wetlands and the redwoods, there will still be some time left to explore San Francisco.

accommodation

US standard hotel/motel rooms

flights

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

zero risk

should the event not take place due to Covid / travel restrictions, we guarantee the deduction-free reimbursement of all amounts already transferred to us!

Program *

  • adaptations to extreme environments
  • life in a 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

ECTS accredited with several universities

* 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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