Mojave National Preserve Star Party

As the opening post in resurrecting this blog I’d like to announce the Mojave National Preserve Star Party is scheduled for Saturday 26th October. This is a wonderful star party in one of the few truly dark sky locations left in Southern California. The banner photo for this blog was taken at that location. The star party is held in conjunction with the Mojave National Preserve Service Project. In the evening before dark there is a communal pot luck dinner before the star party gets under way. Free camping is provided  for Friday and Saturday night at the Black Canyon Group Site across the road from The Hole in the Wall Campground. It can be windy at this location and it could be hot or cold at this time of year so prepare appropriately.

Desert Tortoise

When you get there keep your eyes open during the day for the threatened Mojave desert tortoise, I’ve seen quite a few in the area over the years. It is unlawful to touch, harm, harass or collect wild desert tortoises so eyes and cameras only – if you alarm the tortoise it may loose water that it needs for survival so keep your distance!

As I type this I am assuming that the current government shutdown will end before October 26th otherwise the star party will have to be postponed or cancelled. Many of my friends and colleagues including Mojave National Preserve Rangers are furloughed while people in Washington posture over an artificially created crisis designed to make themselves look important!

Star Party has been postponed until November 30th – see you then