U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Wild Dune Walkabout
Girl Scout Troops 7097, 7098 and 7949 joined BLM El Centro Field Office staff on a discovery hike into the sand hills of the North Algodones Dunes Wilderness. Located within the Imperial Sand Dunes, the Wilderness offers trekkers an opportunity to explore the dunes on foot and away from off-highway vehicle traffic. (text continues below)
Amid a blaze of yellow wildflowers, the scouts and their parents discovered evidence of the abundance of life in this wild environment. Lizard and insect tracks led to burrows and washes … a creosote bush sheltered a large iguana … and a red-tailed hawk rode the thermals overhead. Within this tiny web of life, these grade-schoolers learned how everything is connected … that bugs feed lizards … and lizards feed hawks. Coyote and rabbit tracks along the wash offered yet another perspective and provided for some lively discussion.
“The animals are smarter than us, walking around when it’s cooler and not now,” remarked one scout. Can’t argue with that logic. Are you smarter than a fifth grader?
Visit our website for more information on the North Algodones Dunes Wilderness.
- Joya Szalwinski, interpretive park ranger, Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (BLM El Centro Field Office), 4/25/11
|Last updated: 04-28-2011|