Bighorn sheep, six species of rattlesnakes and numerous native and migratory birds
including golden eagles, roadrunners and quail - all live in or migrate through
Joshua Tree National Park. An important source of water and food for this wildlife
is located outside the Park's western boundary in the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve.
Recently, windblown nitrogen pollution has been fertilizing invasive grasses in
Big Morongo. These grasses crowd out the native plants the Park's wildlife feed
on. Worse still, these grasses fuel fires caused by summer lightning strikes and
burn thousands of wild acres. To protect the wildlife of Joshua Tree National Park,
invasive grasses need to be weeded out. Nature Valley is making this happen.
During 2011-2012, Nature Valley helped scores of volunteers, including local
Marines and youth groups, to protect and preserve special places in the California desert.
Volunteers have uprooted and eliminated invasive pigweed, a plant that smells like rotten
fish, from a large field in Big Morongo Canyon. Volunteers have also worked to reclaim nearby
lands damaged by off-road vehicles, helping to protect the desert tortoise habitat.
By removing invasive species, reclaiming land damaged by off-road vehicles, picking up trash,
and planting native vegetation, the natural habitat has been preserved. In addition to protecting
plant life, these efforts have helped to preserve an irreplaceable wildlife corridor. Wildlife
native to Joshua Tree Natural Park including birds, bobcats, bighorn sheep, foxes, mountain lions,
snakes, and the desert tortoise are now more protected because of cooperation of Nature Valley and