World Turtle News, 11/05/2015
Federal judge tosses approval of wind energy project in Nevada
Mojave Desert Tortoises and Gold Eagles have won at least a small battle for their habitat as a federal judge in Nevada has thrown out the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) approval of Nevada’s largest wind power project. In his ruling, he decided that the Department of the Interiors BLM did not properly evaluate the potential impacts the wind farm would have on these two species. This project has been in stasis for more than two years, as approval was originally given in March of 2013 with the lawsuit filed in April holding development until the case came before this judge. Thankfully, development has been halted for even longer to make sure proper studies are done to evaluate the needs of the tortoises and eagles in the area first.
Turtle News From Around the World
Researches in Salisbury, MD prepare to study Spotted Turtles in Delmarva.
Critics of Cayman Turtle Farm take aim at ‘curtain of conservation’.
New records for sea turtles were set in Tulum, Q.R. (Mexico) – more than 265,000 released.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center releases another injured turtle back into the wild.
Australia has developed a mobile app where citizens can help record sighting of sea turtles.
Western Pond Turtles released on Presidio Campus as part of a reintroduction effort.
Crime & Punishment
The internet is making smuggling ‘too easy’.
A program on Bog Turtles will be given Nov. 7th in Abingdon, MD.
Did You Know…
The Desert Tortoise, Gopherus agassizii, was split into two species in 1996. The other species as a result of this split was Gopherus morafkai, the Sonoran Desert Tortoise.
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