According to Mojave Max, Spring has officially arrived! Who is Mojave Max,
you ask? He is the desert tortoise mascot of Clark County's Desert Conservation Program. He
is the desert Southwest's equivalent of groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil.
Mojave Max lives in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. In
the fall, he enters his burrow to brumate (technical term for reptiles in
hibernation) and he emerges in the spring. This year, he officially left his
burrow on Tuesday April 15, 2008 at 11:27 AM.
This is the ninth year that Mojave Max has been studied. This year, his
emergence was the latest on record. He was right, it has been a cool spring.
Now, it is time for the warmer temperatures to arrive.
Students have also been learning about the desert climate and conditions
with help from Mojave Max. The students could enter a contest to guess the exact date and time that he
would come out of his burrow. There are prizes for students as well as
teachers. The winner will be announced soon. Here is last years winner.