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

Tracking Desert Tortoises “Drone Style”

Tracking Desert Tortoises “Drone Style”

One of the best new technologies to emerge as a tool for wildlife studies is the unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone.   read more

Wild Tortoises Gear Up

Wild Tortoises Gear Up

The desert tortoises we have been tracking via radio telemetry since May 2013 at a site just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, have started emerging from hibernaculum.   read more

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Gopherus Species!

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Gopherus Species!

Though there is much literature describing the different characteristics of the Gopherus genus, it can still be tricky to distinguish what you are looking at when they are right in front of you…   read more