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2015 Organ Concert at Historic Scotty's Castle
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If you have never had the opportunity to hear a historic theatre pipe organ, here is your chance. Accomplished theatre and classical concert organist, Ty Woodward, will play four performances at Scotty’s Castle located at the Northern end of Death Valley National Park. The 2015 concerts will take place July 17 & 18, 5:00 & 7:00 pm each night. The concert performances are sponsored by the Death Valley Natural History Association (DVNHA) in cooperation with the National Park Service. The concert is held annually in the Upper Music Room of Scotty’s Castle. Event proceeds fund the annual tuning of the Scotty’s Castle Welte-Mignon theatre pipe organ and its associated instruments.

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Early rain and warm weather: is this a super-bloom season?
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Over the past few weeks there’s been one topic on the minds of Mojave Desert residents: it’s green.

Gentle rainstorms lasting several days have moved slowly across the desert over the past few months, leaving a particular lush carpet of green that is now starting to come up golden, purple, and orange.

The Death Valley Natural History Association has reported excellent conditions in Death Valley, with David Becker, the executive director of the association, suggested that, while “the weather over the next several weeks will be the determining factor, but from what I’m seeing on the ground, this could be the best year we’ve had since the spectacular displays of 2005.”

The season of 2004-2005 (see photo) was an unusually wet one, leading to several ephemeral lakes and spectacular wildflowers that painted the normally stark landscape in shades of yellow and purple.

Should the weather remain mild, with low wind speeds, and regular rain showers, it’s possible that Death Valley could, once again, be blanketed in bright carpets of color.

To keep updated about wildflower conditions you can call the Wildflower Hotline at (760) 767-4684 or like national park’s facebook page.

 
Devil’s Hole Pupfish Further Endangered by Rising Temperatures
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Living in a desert environment is difficult for any species but, one has to imagine, it’s particularly difficult if you’re a fish. Take, for instance, the inch-long iridescent-blue fish that calls a limestone cavern in the floor of the Amargosa Desert it’s home: the Devil’s Hole Pupfish. Here in a spring-fed cavern that’s 426-feet deep and only has a small opening to the outside world the entire population of the Devil’s Hole Pupfish lives out their short, year-long life-spans, as they have for the last 10,000 years.

First granted protection in the 1970s, when the population of Pupfish was more than 500, the pupfish population is now down to 92 members. Over the last forty years the pupfish has suffered a number of population setbacks. A flash flood in 1973 scoured the algae that the fish depend on for both food and breeding from the ledge.

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