Biologist’s work, desert tortoise an exciting adventure
real cash casino slots Putyvl’ On any given day, wildlife biologist Ann McLuckie’s work at the Division of Wildlife Resources requires her to execute an exciting variety of tasks—which is precisely what she loves most about her job. Whether it’s rescuing animals and creating maps or collecting field data, analyzing the data and writing reports on those findings to help manage wildlife in complex urban areas—McLuckie enjoys meeting a host of new challenges every day.
Saltpond home poker games online McLuckie’s interest in wildlife biology started at an early age. “I was always interested in animals,” she said. As an elementary student she was president of the Ranger Rick Club where she recruited the support of friends and classmates. McLuckie later graduated with a biology degree and worked in several wildlife positions before volunteering to work with tortoises in St. George. “I did other jobs with other species but I always came back to tortoises,” she said. “I loved it.”
online poker against friends Magdalena de Kino After 20 years of service as a wildlife biologist with the division, her favorite assignment continues to be working in the field helping tortoises.
http://tandemresourcegroup.com/23-cat/casino_48.html On a warm summer night this September, McLuckie allowed me to join her as she worked with a small number of these fragile, threatened creatures. Tiny desert tortoise hatchlings had been discovered by Washington County residents on private developments and as part of her job, McLuckie’s role is to help translocate (or move tortoise from development areas to new locations) on the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve.
https://c3dtaps.com/11-cat/casino_21.html An agreement between the county and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, called the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) was set in place in 1995. The HCP does allow for some development in tortoise habitat but it requires that biologists walk development areas to conduct a clearance survey. In exchange, the county agreed to protect areas for tortoise habitat in the reserve in perpetuity. When threatened desert tortoises are found in development areas biologists assist in the agreement. “Then we move the tortoises out of harms’ way to translocation sites in the reserve,” said McLuckie.
http://f12.878.myftpupload.com/23-cat/casino_16.html Washington County resident Claudia Miller who lives near Mall Drive in St. George found two hatchlings this fall—one on the front door step and another under a bush. “Our dog was over there investigating and we discovered that it was a tortoise,” Miller said with a laugh, noting what a thrill the discoveries were. “I’ve never seen one—we’ve lived here about 12 years and we’ve never seen one, so I was excited to find the first one and again to find the second one.”
Miller thought the animals must be desert tortoises and called a friend who works in the biology program for the state parks. Her friend suggested that Miller bring the hatchling into their offices. When Miller brought the hatchling to the biologists, she was assured that a vet would check the hatchlings over and make sure they were in good shape and that the tortoise would be well fed and hydrated before being translocated to the reserve.
“They were cute,” Miller said adding that she and her husband were tickled to be able to see the tortoise and to be able to rescue them. “Any endangered species I think it’s worth trying to preserve,” she said.
Specialists attribute the recent findings of hatchlings by residents to the plentiful moisture the area has received from monsoon rains. Females lay eggs from March to June, McLuckie said, and specialists have observed an increase in activity among tortoise after monsoon rains for the past several years. “It seems like when you have really good rains the hatchlings have a better chance of success as far as successfully emerging from their eggs and coming to the surface through the sand,” said McLuckie.
Even so, only five percent of hatchlings born in the wild make it to adulthood due to a high mortality rate among the species. “They might get hit by a car, taken by people as pets, eaten by coyotes or road runners, a swarm of ants can take them, or if it’s really dry, from lack of food,” said McLuckie. “They’re just really vulnerable and fragile.”
Adult desert tortoise can also get an upper respiratory tract disease—like pneumonia—which specialist try to help manage among the populations. Because females don’t transfer the disease to offspring, the hatchlings are disease free. So specialists can translocate the healthy babies to a new place and give them a new start. “Translocation is a great opportunity for biologists to be able to help bolster populations with native tortoise,” McLuckie said.
Habitat plays a vital role in the ability of desert tortoise populations to be able to take hold and thrive. Desert tortoise can always be found within a stone’s throw of creosote because the climate where creosote is found also tends to be ideal for tortoise as well. In addition, the creosote’s root system stabilizes tortoise dens and provides shade.
Desert tortoise like all kinds of vegetation from grasses and forbs to desert flowers including globe mallow, penstemon, four o’clock, protein rich stork’s bill, wooley daisy, cactus flowers and cactus pads, mariposa lily, desert marigold, verbena or ice cream plant and evening primrose.
“So putting them out in a really good place where there are lots of plants and food and away from cars—that will improve their chance of surviving to adulthood,” said McLuckie.
But the success of the project is a result of team work, where multiple partners, working together are able to pool resources like funding and man power.
“Successful tortoise populations in this highly urbanized area comes from working with partners, like the BLM, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and local governments like Washington County,” said McLuckie
By working together agencies are able to accomplish challenging conservation measures for tortoise populations and their habitat, far beyond what a group working alone could achieve.
Rachel T. Carnahan is the Public Affairs Officer, BLM Arizona Strip District. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.