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Old 08-09-2009, 10:00 PM   #1
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Default The Sonoran desert tortoise

Now here is a new one for me - the Sonoran desert tortoise. It was in a paper recently. Must look this up and find a picture.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2188/story/1665977.html

Just found this on the Sonoran desert tortoise http://www.desertusa.com/june96/du_tort.html
isn't it gorgeous!
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Old 08-09-2009, 10:44 PM   #2
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Old 08-09-2009, 10:48 PM   #3
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Wow,it's beautiful!
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Old 08-09-2009, 11:17 PM   #4
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It really is a beauty!!
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Old 09-09-2009, 09:18 AM   #5
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Beautiful species. Its interesting that the link is to an article on the US government considering protecting them when the US military have made a complete hash of relocating desert tortoises away from a base:

"The federal government lists the desert tortoise as a threatened species, whose natural habitat is the desert regions of California, Nevada and Arizona. Last year the U.S. Army suspended plans to move desert tortoises away from the base's expansion area after more than 90 of the 556 relocated tortoises died, mostly from coyote attacks.
Now federal officials plan to resume transfer of 1,100 to 1,200 additional tortoises, perhaps as soon as next month -- but in a fashion that raises questions by limiting public input and relying on secret, incomplete data."

http://www.pe.com/localnews/opinion/...1.3f77c2d.html
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Old 26-09-2009, 12:04 PM   #6
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Before you pass judgement... check out the list of biologists that were consulted and how long it was researched before the government tried to do the right thing.

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Beautiful species. Its interesting that the link is to an article on the US government considering protecting them when the US military have made a complete hash of relocating desert tortoises away from a base:

"The federal government lists the desert tortoise as a threatened species, whose natural habitat is the desert regions of California, Nevada and Arizona. Last year the U.S. Army suspended plans to move desert tortoises away from the base's expansion area after more than 90 of the 556 relocated tortoises died, mostly from coyote attacks.
Now federal officials plan to resume transfer of 1,100 to 1,200 additional tortoises, perhaps as soon as next month -- but in a fashion that raises questions by limiting public input and relying on secret, incomplete data."

http://www.pe.com/localnews/opinion/...1.3f77c2d.html
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Old 27-09-2009, 12:10 PM   #7
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Experts getting it wrong eh? Nothing new there. That's why I love the the observations and input of the man in the street, the newbie and the amateur.

Ask the man in the street why not to relocate tortoise there? Err.. lot of coyotes.
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