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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Hardshell: Where the idea came from

Hardshell:  Where the idea came from

As a visual artist I am used to having pre-formed images pop fully formed into my head. It is a weird and magical experience to have one drop into view like the next slide in a cosmic powerpoint. I love these moments. Even so, I was unprepared for the power of the instant that lies… Continue reading »

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Hope for the Future

Hope for the Future

Some of the most amazing experiences of my career had occurred on the Control Plot, where I was part of a crew doing focal observations. We would follow an individual tortoise over the course of days, recording their every behavior. It showed me the true individuality of tortoises and gave me a window into the… Continue reading »

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