World Turtle News, 08/08/2019
How Tim Shields’ Hardshell Labs is using drones to disrupt raven predation of hatchling desert tortoises
There are an estimated 1 million ravens cruising the Pacific Flyway from Washington to California, and populations are booming in the Mojave. The Audubon annual bird count shows that there’s been an estimated 700 percent increase in ravens there over the past 40 years. The tortoises, meanwhile, are in much worse shape. According to Defenders of Wildlife, “populations are hard to quantify because of fragmented habitat and severe decline.” Human development has everything to do with the raven population explosion.
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Photo from Tim Shields.