Desert Tortoise and Wind Turbines

A desert tortoise with a radio transmitter on its shell with dozens of wind turbines in the background

Detailed Description

A desert tortoise in a landscape dominated by wind turbines at the Mesa field site where U.S. Geological Survey Research Ecologist Jeff Lovich has conducted research since 1995. The “wind farm”, one of many in the San Gorgonio Pass near Palm Springs, California, has 460 turbines and an associated infrastructure of access roads, substations and transformers. The tortoise is wearing a radio transmitter that was removed at the end of the study.


Image Dimensions: 2496 x 1664

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