The Trickster: Coyotes of Joshua Tree National Park

Date/Time: Saturday, November 16, 9 am – 4 pm
Meet at: Black Rock Canyon Visitor Center
Fee: $50 JTNPA/PINE member $60 non members
Instructor: Chris Clarke, Environmental Writer and Photographer (new instructor)
Hike Level: Moderate

The Joshua Tree desert environment’s stark beauty does not lend itself to visions of abundant wildlife, especially the larger species.  The desert is, however, surprisingly full of animal life. One of the larger and most successful natives is the coyote (Canis latrans).  As comfortable a city dweller as a resident of remote desert regions, his cunning and intelligence are legendary.  Limited to northern Mexico and the central states when Europeans came to North America, their range now extends from Panama to Canada and every state including Alaska. Legend portrays him as full of contradictions. Both wise and foolish, frivolous and cunning, the loser who remains unbeaten, and keeper of magic, he is portrayed as the breaker of boundaries that eventually learns from his own folly. Join Chris Clarke, Environmental Writer and Photographer, in examining just what makes the coyote such a fascinating and prevailing survivor, and explore the desert environment in which it thrives.

Download the course outline:  The Trickster – Coyotes in Joshua Tree National Park Fall 2013

If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

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