Monthly Archives: July 2016

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 »

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 »

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 »