Turtles and Culverts, and Alternative Energy Development: An Unreported but Potentially Significant Mortality Threat to the Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii)

Journal Article

Title: Turtles and Culverts, and Alternative Energy Development: An Unreported but Potentially Significant Mortality Threat to the Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii)
Publication Date:
July 01, 2011
Journal: Chelonian Conservation and Biology
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
Pages: 124-129
Publisher: BioOne
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Citation

Lovich, J.; Ennen, J.; Madrak, S.; Grover, B. (2011). Turtles and Culverts, and Alternative Energy Development: An Unreported but Potentially Significant Mortality Threat to the Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii). Chelonian Conservation and Biology, 10(1), 124-129.
Abstract: 

Culverts are often used to increase the permeability of roaded landscapes for wildlife, including turtles. Although the benefits of culverts as safe passages for turtles are well documented, under some conditions culverts can entrap them and cause mortality. Here we report a culvert-related mortality in the federally threatened desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) at a wind energy facility in California and offer simple recommendations to mitigate the negative effects of culverts for wildlife in general.

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