USING SOCIAL GAMING TO PROTECT ENDANGERED SPECIES – WAIT, WHAT?

As Hardshell’s ex oficio media wrangler, I just had the simple thought that I could get a search results kind’a feeling for the current reach of Hardshell’s Guardian Angel Rover initiative. Using one of the well-known search engines, I queried the string, “guardian angel rover hardshell,” and got 7,200 results. Pretty good for startup which is… Continue reading »

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Tower Time

Tower Time

September is pistachio harvesting time in Inyokern. Not coincidentally it is also the time when ravens do their worst damage to the crop. They descend by the hundreds, knock nuts from the trees and drop to ground to eat their fill. Pistachios are a major cash crop and one whose growers have a keen interest… Continue reading »

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I Am The Great and Powerful Oz (sort of)

I Am The Great and Powerful Oz (sort of)

Tawanda Scott-Sambou wanted to see lots of ravens. She is a CNN producer working on a story about Hardshell and after seeing the Guardian Angel Rover in action with captive tortoises she asked to see the dark side of the tortoise conservation equation, to understand what all the fuss is about. So I took her… Continue reading »

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Her

Her

She was one of those tortoises completely at ease with my presence, a wild animal unintimidated by the presence of a nearly hairless ape. So I laid down on sun-warmed rocks and sand and simply watched her watch her world. Her eye flicked here and there as she took in the day. I enjoyed her… Continue reading »

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History of the Rover- Chapter 1

In the fall of 2013 I returned to my hometown, Haines, Alaska with the idea to turn conservation into a series of games. I had an idea for a tortoise observation device, a vehicle to accompany tortoises as they made their way through their world. I had vague notions of Mars rovers. This was at the dawn… Continue reading »

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My First Sting Operation

My First Sting Operation

Hardshell is running a sting. We’re combining 3D printing, cutting edge mechanical engineering and knowledge of raven behavior to create a device, the Techno-tortoise, that will allow us to observe raven predation close up and, thereafter, to deliver stark lessons to them about the inadvisability of eating baby tortoises. This is aversion training, an effort… Continue reading »

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