Blogger Profile: Paul Griese

The World for a Desert Tortoise

The World for a Desert Tortoise

Suddenly, one fierce reptile charged out! She scampered all the way from the back of the burrow, legs swimming through dirt and pebbles. She ran at me as if she wanted to fight! All I could think of was Al Pacino, as Tony Montana in the movie “Scarface,” confronting me.   read more

Burrowing Owl: Who Are You?

Burrowing Owl: Who Are You?

As time goes by, we have translocated many of our desert tortoises into the Mojave Desert. They used to live in pens of various sizes with wire fencing or cement walls encompassing their living areas. When the tortoises move out, and these pens become empty, it is not unusual for unexpected new “tenants” to move in.   read more

Seasons of a Research Assistant

Seasons of a Research Assistant

I’ll tell you about one of my proudest moments. Fellow Seasonal Jeremy Conte and I were entrusted with the job of building a better, bigger burrow for our esteemed resident, Monster.   read more