Friday, July 10, 2009

Bees Close Jumbo Rocks Campground

Joshua Tree National Superintendent Curt Sauer on Wednesday, July 8 ordered Jumbo Rocks Campground closed temporarily due to safety concerns raised by the presence of swarming bees, park Chief of Interpretation Joe Zarki said in a press release.

The closure went into effect at noon Wedneday and was expected to remain in force until noon Monday, Aug. 10.

To compensate for the campsites closed at Jumbo Rocks, park offials reopened Ryan Campground, located 6 miles west of Jumbo Rocks, Zarki said.

In recent days, campers at Jumbo Rocks have been harried by swarms of non-aggressive, but persistent, swarms of bees seeking moisture, he said. As seasonal dry conditions deepen before the onset of summer monsoonal rains, bees will actively seek out moisture from any available source including car radiators, coolers, drink containers, trash cans, restrooms, and even sweat on human skin.
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