Desert Tortoise eating at study site near Palm Springs, CA
A desert tortoise eating at a study site on a wind farm near Palm Springs, CA. The video was taken in March 2022 by Jeff Lovich, SBSC who has been studying a marked population of tortoises there since about 1994. The wind farm recently removed 460 of the old-style lattice turbines and towers, and are in the process of installing 8 new 500-foot monopole turbines that will make more power than the 460 turbines! Biomonitors are all over the site to make sure no tortoises are harmed. The site is 15 km northwest of Palm Springs above the Whitewater River that flows out of the San Bernardino Mountains.