Early Spring in the High Desert

In the wake of Covid-19 restrictions and closures, the High Desert Museum staff have been working hard to create virtual content for audiences. We recently completed a "virtual field trip";


"Spring is an exciting time of year to explore the High Desert. In April and May, desert habitats begin to come alive after months of frigid weather. Warming temperatures and sunny days make it more comfortable for humans to be outside observing wildlife. Deer and pronghorn begin to move on their seasonal migrations to the high country, while an enormous diversity of birds arrive either to nest or to use desert lakes and streams as stopover habitat on their way to distant breeding grounds. As the sun warms the ground, plants make use of water stored in the soil from rain and snowfall to grow, bloom and reproduce before the bone dry, scorching summer months end the growing season. Spring is when the hidden biodiversity of the High Desert is most visible".

Many of the curator observations from the last two weeks were added during the process of collecting content for this work. We hope to encourage more people to contribute to this project in the weeks ahead as they get outdoors to explore the region.

Posted by jnelson jnelson, April 22, 2020 21:39


I started adding some content using batch editing and then I had a few questions.
1) I was looking from observations of Chelan County which is within the geographic region but some of these observations are from non-desert biomes, for example alpine and subalpine in North Cascades National Park. So, I want to ask before adding more observations: Do you want desert biomes or any observations in the geographic region?
2) Is it more useful to add only research grade observations? I started adding some that weren't research grade and then thought maybe I should only add research grade. Of course, it would help me learn if I got some ID help on some non-research grade observations.

Thanks for doing this project. The High Desert museum is wonderful. I visited about 3 years a go and hope to get there again, perhaps this summer if it opens up.

Posted by brewbooks 8 months ago (Flag)

Jon - Also wanted to say thanks for the virtual tour. I think the mule deer talk was my favorite. A few comments:

Navigating through took me a minute, I guess the idea was to keep scrolling down.

When I moved the cursor into the Fort Rock video, a dialog box came up that said "Click anywhere to Interact" but there was only one area that just started the video. Not a problem but might confuse some people since the only interaction was to start the video.

Posted by brewbooks 8 months ago (Flag)

Sorry I missed these comments! Please add any observations within the ecoregion defined on the map. I am happy to help identify or get any casual observations up to research grade, if possible. I'll give your suggestions about the Mule Deer Field Trip to our graphic designer. Thanks so much!

Posted by jnelson about 1 month ago (Flag)

Thanks Jon. I hope to get to the museum again in 2022. Thinking about a trip to Steens Mountain and the Alvord desert.

Posted by brewbooks 28 days ago (Flag)

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