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Southwestern Bird And Reptile Distributions To Shift As Climate Changes
2014-04-08 14:43:34

U.S. Geological Survey Dramatic distribution losses and a few major distribution gains are forecasted for southwestern bird and reptile species as the climate changes, according to just-published research by scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of New Mexico, and Northern Arizona University. Overall, the study forecasted species distribution losses – that is, where species are able to live – of nearly half for all but one of the 5 reptile species they examined,...

More Ravens, Aided By Humans, Could Threaten The Sage Grouse
2014-01-08 08:17:38

Wildlife Conservation Society A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Idaho State University and the U.S. Geological Survey suggests that habitat fragmentation and the addition of makeshift perches such as transmission polls in sagebrush ecosystems are creating preferred habitat for common ravens that threaten sensitive native bird species, including greater sage grouse. The study appears in the January issue of the journal The Condor: Ornithological Applications. Authors...

Wildlife Sanctuary Forced To Euthanize Hundreds Of Tortoises
2013-08-26 13:52:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Officials with the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center outside Las Vegas, Nevada say they are about to put down hundreds of tortoises because of a lack of funding. Officials said they plan to close down the 220-acre wildlife reserve in the coming months and euthanize desert tortoises they have been taking care of since 1990, according to a special report by the Associated Press (AP). The refuge will stop taking in new animals in the...

Solar Power Development In US Southwest Could Threaten Wildlife
2011-12-10 04:33:33

Environmental impacts of planned installations largely unknown Government agencies are considering scores of applications to develop utility-scale solar power installations in the desert Southwest of the United States, but too little is known to judge their likely effects on wildlife, according to an article published in the December 2011 issue of BioScience. Although solar power is often seen as a "green" energy technology, available information suggests a worrisome range of possible...

2011-12-10 02:22:25

More peer-reviewed scientific studies of the effects on wildlife of large-scale solar energy developments and operations are needed to adequately assess their impact, especially in the desert Southwest, according to a scientific literature review conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and published in the journal BioScience. In their literature review, the authors of the paper, USGS scientist Jeffrey Lovich and Maryville College scientist Joshua Ennen, found that out of all the scientific...

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2010-01-02 13:05:00

In a case that both highlights and exacerbates the growing tensions between wildlife conservationists and green energy efforts, some two dozen rare tortoises and their Mojave Desert habitat could force a California-based energy firm to drop its plans for a massive solar-energy complex. The Associated Press reports that since 2007 BrightSource Energy in Oakland has been trying to obtain permission to build 400,000 mirrors for collecting solar energy on six square miles of federally-owned land...

2009-07-31 20:26:42

Wild burros are to be relocated from an Army post in California and from areas around Death Valley, federal officials said. Burros drawn by natural springs at Fort Irwin, Calif., are disturbing the habitat of the desert tortoise, a species listed as threatened, and other native animals are being threatened when they stray into live fire areas, The Barstow Desert Dispatch reported. When you only have one water source ... where else are they going to go? They're going to concentrate there and...


Latest Desert Tortoise Reference Libraries

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2007-02-21 10:35:24

The Desert Tortoise, Gopherus agassizii, is a species of tortoise native to the Mojave Desert and Sonoran Desert of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The epithet agassizii is in honor of Swiss-American zoologist Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz. The carapace of these tortoises may attain a length of 6 to 15 inches, with males being slightly larger than females. Their shells are high-domed, and greenish-tan to dark brown in color. Desert tortoises can grow from 4"“6" in...

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