Joshua Tree National Park Association

Bighorn Sheep Collars

Desert Life

Recently we were able to provide Joshua Tree National Park with funding for a research project studying the movement patterns of bighorn sheep.The research project evaluates how desert bighorn sheep interact with human-made barriers, will identify ways to improve movement across those barriers, and assess sites for evidence of bighorn sheep recolonization around Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave National Preserve, and Death Valley National Park.

The funds from JTNPA allowed researchers to purchase tracking collars with mini solar panels and GPS units for a small number of bighorn in areas frequented by visitors. The data from the collars will offer insight into how bighorn behave, and the results may provide telling information about how we can help support and protect bighorn populations across the Mojave Desert into the future. 

To learn more about this project,  click here 

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