USGS scientists present and discuss new video on desert tortoise survival on Thursday, 5/27

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on May 25, 2010

A new U.S. Geological Survey documentary video exploring the world of the endangered Mojave Desert tortoise will be introduced and discussed by USGS scientists Todd Esque and Ken Nussear during a public showing in Menlo Park on Thursday, May 27 at 7:00 pm in Building 3 Auditorium, 2nd-floor, 345 Middlefield.

Though the desert tortoise has thrived in the southwestern United States for thousands of years, its population has severely declined over the last four decades. The new video, The Heat is On: Desert Tortoises and Survival, explains why this important indicator of desert ecosystem health is declining and what scientists are doing to save them.

This is a great opportunity to meet the scientists featured in the short 30-minute video, which was produced by USGS filmmaker Stephen M. Wessells. But if you can’t attend, you can view the video online.

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