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Turtle Ecology

Turtles are among the most recognizable and iconic of animals. Any animal with a shell and a backbone is a turtle whether they are called turtles, tortoises, or terrapins. In fact, terrapin is an Algonquian Native American name for turtle. Worldwide there are 356 turtle species on all continents except for Antarctica. The United States has more species than any other country with about 62...
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Turtle Ecology

Turtles are among the most recognizable and iconic of animals. Any animal with a shell and a backbone is a turtle whether they are called turtles, tortoises, or terrapins. In fact, terrapin is an Algonquian Native American name for turtle. Worldwide there are 356 turtle species on all continents except for Antarctica. The United States has more species than any other country with about 62...
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Desert Tortoise Ecology and Renewable Energy Development

The desert Southwest is experiencing rapid development of utility-scale solar and wind energy facilities. Although clean renewable energy has environmental benefits, it can also have negative impacts on wildlife and their habitats. Understanding those impacts and effectively mitigating them is a major goal of industry and resource managers. One species of particular concern is Agassiz’s desert...
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Desert Tortoise Ecology and Renewable Energy Development

The desert Southwest is experiencing rapid development of utility-scale solar and wind energy facilities. Although clean renewable energy has environmental benefits, it can also have negative impacts on wildlife and their habitats. Understanding those impacts and effectively mitigating them is a major goal of industry and resource managers. One species of particular concern is Agassiz’s desert...
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Desert Tortoise Ecology in Joshua Tree National Park

Agassiz’s desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii) approach the southern edge of their mostly Mojave Desert range near Joshua Tree National Park. Modern desert tortoise research started in the Park in 1978 when the first tortoise population census was conducted on a one square mile area in the Pinto Basin known as the “Barrow Plot.” U.S. Geological Survey research began at the plot in 1997 and...
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Desert Tortoise Ecology in Joshua Tree National Park

Agassiz’s desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii) approach the southern edge of their mostly Mojave Desert range near Joshua Tree National Park. Modern desert tortoise research started in the Park in 1978 when the first tortoise population census was conducted on a one square mile area in the Pinto Basin known as the “Barrow Plot.” U.S. Geological Survey research began at the plot in 1997 and...
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SBSC Updates - Catch Up on Our Activities

SBSC monthly updates highlight new published papers and reports, new research projects, media attention on SBSC science, outreach activities, data, and more. Click on the images to download PDFs of the updates. If you would like the montly updates e-mailed to you each month, please contact Meredith Hartwell (mhartwell@usgs.gov)
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SBSC Updates - Catch Up on Our Activities

SBSC monthly updates highlight new published papers and reports, new research projects, media attention on SBSC science, outreach activities, data, and more. Click on the images to download PDFs of the updates. If you would like the montly updates e-mailed to you each month, please contact Meredith Hartwell (mhartwell@usgs.gov)
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