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 »
Watching ravens over the course of decades has attuned me to the many ways they take advantage of the changes our kind has made in the desert. Prior to the establishment of our cities the place was an unremitting solar oven with scant shelter from the baking rays of the sun. It was a very… Continue reading »
This nice two-minute clip about Hardshell is on CNN Digital. Please click the link to see it? Tim Shields is featured, but a glimpse of our crackerjack engineers, Chris Smith and Roy Haggard, is also seen. Thanks to CNN and producer Tawanda Scott Sambou for this story!