Turtles and culverts, and alternative energy development: an unreported but potentially significant mortality threat to the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii)

Chelonian Conservation and Biology
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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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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Turtles and culverts, and alternative energy development: an unreported but potentially significant mortality threat to the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii)
Series title Chelonian Conservation and Biology
DOI 10.2744/CCB-0864.1
Volume 10
Issue 1
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher Chelonian Research Foundation
Publisher location http://www.chelonian.org/
Contributing office(s) Southwest Biological Science Center
Description 6 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Chelonian Conservation and Biology
First page 124
Last page 129