Category Archives: tortoise

ENRICHING THE HABITAT

The folks at Native Seeds/SEARCH are the real deal. Amazing selection of desert adapted seeds of all kinds, including rare kitchen garden edibles cultivated by Native Americans in the southwest. A nonprofit with a mission of crop diversity and regional … Continue reading

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NEW QUARTERS

Stephanie says: Not the gorgeous shot we typically aim for, but wildlife photography is tough folks! What’s important here: We are welcoming our first desert tortoise to the food oasis at Sunever Farms. She’s built her burrow in a swale … Continue reading

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TYKE

Stephanie got this footage, today, in a nearby wash that ORV riders used to use a lot. They still go in there but not as much. It’s illegal, of course. The riders often argue ‘there’s nothing there, what’s the problem?’ … Continue reading

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CHOMP CHOMP

One of the local adult wild desert tortoises dining on some wildflowers the other day… Chomp chomp. #joshuatree A post shared by Jay Babcock (@jaywbabcock) on May 5, 2016 at 11:48am PDT

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WILD DESERT TORTOISE TESTOSTERONE TIME

Yesterday at our Prefab Homesteader Cabin property… Our friend and herpetologist Kelly Herbinson says: “Looks like a male blocking a female in her burrow. Sometimes they even just sit sideways in the burrow entrance so no other tortoises can get … Continue reading

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WHAT WE’RE DEFENDING

Our first desert tortoise sighting of the spring yesterday came via one of our guests at our Sonora Homesteader cabin, who snapped the pretty photo above. This fella was out in the wash on BLM land next to the cabin. … Continue reading

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TOES

This peaceful female wild desert tortoise came by our neighbor friend Angela de la Agua‘s house a few days ago. Notice her right front leg, which is missing toes and nails. A herpetologist friend says this tortoise likely got chewed … Continue reading

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PASSING THROUGH

When you live inside a wildlife corridor, this happens. One of our lovely guests encountered a wild desert tortoise this morning just outside our unfenced Joshua Tree vacation rental cabin… (Join us sometime: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/862040 )

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NEW LODGINGS

Local desert tortoises lost many (if not all) of their old burrows in the recent monsoonal flooding, the most intense here in northern Joshua Tree in at least 15 years. We’ve been worried about whether the various tortoises were able … Continue reading

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OUT FOR A STROLL

Above: One of the resident wild desert tortoises dropped by our Joshua Tree Midcentury Prefab Homesteader Cabin this morning. Photo by one of our pleasantly surprised guests. Be our guest at this cabin, now equipped with air conditioning. Info, booking: … Continue reading

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