Ocean Blue News Blog
by Richard Arterbury
The current Government Shutdown Is Affecting Wildlife Animals like birds, insects, lizards, and today we are seeing old growth Joshua Trees being destroyed in Joshua Tree National Park. This tree has so many benefits for both wildlife and humans. Reading a few blogs on tweeter reveal that others don't blame the shutdown, instead blaming people with black hearts.
A Joshua Tree is a very large yucca that grows in areas of elevations at 1,300 to 5,900 feet. These trees are well adapted to the Mohave High Desert. Dead leaves from the tree fall to the base of the trunk to help protect this part of the tree from the sun.
The channeled leaves collect and help in dew placement during rainfall, directing water to the tree roots. In the day time at Joshua Tree National Park you will see ground squirrels, blizzards, and birds and after dark you can see snakes, big horn sheep, kangaroo rats, coyotes, mule Deer, black tailed jack rabbits, lynx, and so many more that depend on the habitat of our Joshua Trees. Over 25 birds species nest in Joshua Trees. The yucca moth is the local pollinator of the Joshua Trees. At the end of the Ice Age over 11,700 years ago, Ground Sloths would carry seeds around and become the main dispersers of the Joshua Tree Seeds. Nowadays, wind and mammals help disperse the seeds.
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