Mojave River

Conserving a threatened oasis in the Mojave Desert

The Mojave River supports the only significant riparian habitat in the western Mojave Desert, and its water is essential for the increasingly imperiled fish and wildlife that rely on it. WRC is working to conserve a vital stretch of this unique California river. Photo by Krista Schlyer

The Mojave River is an intermittent river, flowing below the surface for much of its length. Only portions of the stream, where the underlying bedrock pushes water up, flow above ground. This is one of those rare stretches. Protecting these vulnerable reaches of the Mojave is critical. Photo by Krista Schlyer

Surface flows in southern California’s Mojave River are a rarity, which is what makes this stretch so incredibly important to the Mojave Desert and its imperiled wildlife. WRC is working to conserve this reach of the river—four miles of the Mojave where it flows above ground. Most of the Mojave River flows subsurface. Photo by Kevin Roche.

WRC's efforts on the Mojave River will conserve vital habitat for many federally listed species, including the threatened Mojave Desert tortoise. These tortoises can live more than 50 years, and their habitat is being quickly whittled away by development in the Mojave Desert. Photo by Krista Schlyer

Water in the Mojave Desert is a precious thing. Most of the river flows below ground, and the only thing above ground to indicate there’s a river here is a sandy wash that follows the river’s course. There are exceptions to this, like this stretch where WRC is working to conserve four miles of the river to preserve this oasis in the Mojave Desert. Photo by Kevin Roche.

The Mojave River, where Western Rivers Conservancy is working to protect four miles of this threatened desert stream. Photo by Krista Schlyer

The threatened yellow-billed cuckoo is one of many federally listed species that will benefit from WRC’s purchase of 1,630 acres along the Mojave River. Photo by Hank Halsey.