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Gehring Elementary Student Makes Winning Guess in Mojave Max Contest
Gehring Elementary Student Makes Winning Guess in Mojave Max Contest

 

A fourth grader from Gehring Elementary School is the winner of this year's Mojave Max Emergence Contest.

Kayla Marshall's guess of when the desert tortoise would emerge from its burrow was closest to the actual time. She was off by only two minutes.

Max ended his brumation, which is the reptilian form of hibernation, at 1:45 p.m. March 14. The desert tortoise is one of the best predictors of spring in the Mojave Desert, because he only comes out when the weather is warm enough, and there is enough daylight.

Kayla was one of 5,200 students who entered this year's contest. Her great guess earned a pizza party for her class and prizes for her. 

The program is a partnership between the Clark County School District, The Bureau of Land Management and Clark County. The idea is to help students better understand their desert home. 

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