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NEWSLETTER JUNE 2008

2008 Wildflower Season Video Retrospective: The 2008 Wildflower Season was the best in several years. We have made a video retrospective for each area. Arizona | Anza Borrego Desert SP | Death Valley NP | Joshua Tree NP | Mojave Desert & So. California | Nevada & Utah.

FEATURED ARTICLES
Southwest Water Resources – The Problems We Face
– Across the desert Southwest, our ground- and surface-water supplies
are declining. Simultaneously, our population and water demands are
growing, and a long-term drought – magnified by global warming – may
well be under way. To make things even worse, in some areas, vital
underground and surface waters are becoming polluted. More…


Boron – A Photo Essay
That dog was fast. Twenty-five miles-per-hour fast. I know he was
moving at that breakneck speed because I paced him as he chased my car
along the fenceline of his property. I hit the brakes right before he
slammed into the chicken wire at the end of the real estate. More…


Looking for the Birds? Follow the Water
If you are a birder who has come to the Southwest from the Pacific
Northwest, the Great Plains, the Eastern Woodlands or a coastal region,
you are likely in for a few surprises. First, you may be taken aback by
the number of species that have found year-round or seasonal
environmental niches in the Southwest desert basins and mountain
ranges.  Second, you might be astonished by the birds’ resilience and
resourcefulness in coping with an arid and often unforgiving
environment. More…


Fourth of July Hotspots
If you are looking for something fun to do over the Fourth of July
holiday, consider one of these trips into the American Southwest. Just
after dark on July 4th, the City of Laughlin, Nevada, puts on a huge
annual firework display over the Colorado River. Rockets Over The River
is one of the most spectacular firework displays in the West. Brilliant
colors light up the dark desert sky and reflect in the Colorado River
below, creating a memorable and dramatic experience. More…


Attract Hummingbirds and Butterflies to your BackyardOne
of the most rewarding experiences of gardening and landscaping is
viewing the wildlife that a garden attracts. Butterflies, hummingbirds,
bees, insects, rabbits, squirrels and other wildlife find refuge in our
backyard gardens. Some are seeking shade, and others are hunting for
food, while some species are making our gardens their homes. The
vibrant colors of the fluttering butterflies and the graceful dance of
the hummingbirds feeding on the nectar-producing flowers adds to the
beauty of a garden in bloom. More…


Video of the Month – 2008 Wildflower Season VideosThe
2008 Wildflower Season was the best in several years. Many readers
wrote in and sent pictures of the flowers they found. We have made a
video retrospective for each area: Arizona | Anza Borrego Desert SP | Death Valley NP | Joshua Tree NP | Mojave Desert & So. California | Nevada & Utah.


Trip of the Month – Great Basin National Park
– From the sagebrush desert at its base to the summit of Wheeler Peak,
Great Basin NP includes 5 ecological zones, with streams, lakes, alpine
plants, abundant wildlife and groves of ancient Bristlecone Pines.
Lehman Caves, a marble-limestone cavern famous for the diversity of its
decorated passages and galleries, extends deep into the mountain. More…



ROCKHOUNDS, GPS USERS!

James R. Mitchell’s GEM TRAILS BOOKS
cover the Southwest and are available in our online book store.
Detailed maps and descriptive text lead the rockhound to the best
collecting sites for gems, minerals and fossils. Black and white photos
aid in locating the collecting area. Stunning color photos help with
specimen identification. Ideal for the novice, an important addition to
any experienced rockhound’s collection. Click here to view rock & treasure hunting books.

Rockhounding the Wiley’s Well District of California: The GPS User’s Guide not
only pinpoints the collecting sites in the Wiley’s Well District,
famous for the Hauser Geode Beds, but does the same for every
significant junction on the way to them. No maps are needed. One can
find his or her way with ease and much greater accuracy than that
offered by any map.

HORNED LIZARD FIGURINES

Of all the North American lizards, HORNED LIZARDS are the most fearsome-looking and distinctive by virtue of the pointed, protruding "horns" above their eyes.

These
Creations are the closest representation to real horned lizards. When
you hold one in your hand, you will believe that it is real. The
feeling of holding a horned lizard will stay in your memory forever. All figurines are hand painted and made with pewter.

PLAN A PRICKLY PEAR 4TH of JULY PARTY!

Try a Prickly Pear Margarita made with Prickly Pear Cactus syrup.
The syrup also makes exceptionally flavorful Wine Coolers, Spritzers,
and Prickly Pear Lemonade. The Syrup comes in 7 oz.,12 oz., 23 oz. and
1 gallon containers. Click Here for more information.

Enjoy Prickly Pear Cactus, Mesquite Bean and Margarita jelly candies
– Half pound box featuring three mouth-watering candy selections.
Tantalize your tastebuds with flavors of the southwest from the fruits
of the desert.

AGATE BOOKENDS

Agate Bookends
Beautiful, unique bookends of Brazilian Agate, in a wide range of
colors from brilliant magenta to aquamarine and topaz colorings.
Average size: 5" Tall X 8" Wide X 3" Deep but sizes vary. Hurry! Each
one is different and they go fast!

Click here to take a look.

FOR THE OLDER DOG…

Joint Supplement – Do you have an older dog or a dog with arthritis or joint problems? Check out Nimble, a glucosamine product for dogs, that could help return them to pain-free movement. Click here for more information or to buy.

PARK DVDs . . .

State and National Park DVDs
Plan your Summer vacations to the great parks of the American
Southwest. DesertUSA has an extensive selection of park DVDs including:
Arches, Big Bend, Monument Valley, Death Valley, The Grand Canyon,
Carlsbad Caverns, Zion, Yellowstone, Red Rock Canyon and many more. Click here to browse our park DVDs.

2 Anza Borrego DVDs

Ghost Mountain DVD the
story of Marshal South and his family’s adventure of living on Ghost
Mountain in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. To preview the DVD in Flash
Click Here.

Anza Borrego Seasons in the Desert. This stunning DVD covers the various regions of the park, as well as indigenous flora and fauna.

Joshua Tree NP DVD This is THE tool you need to plan a trip to Joshua Tree National Park.


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