Our Mission

Driving Conservation Through Innovation

At HardShell Labs, Inc., our mission is to save the desert tortoise through emerging technology for active wildlife management. We change the behavior and distribution of problematic species, ensuring the long-term survival of endangered wildlife.

Who We Are

Our team consists of highly trained technical professionals and wildlife biologists.  

At HardShell Labs, Inc., we believe in the power of technology to make a positive impact on wildlife conservation. Our team of experts is committed to finding innovative solutions that address the challenges faced by the desert tortoise and other endangered species. Through our research, fieldwork, and collaboration with conservation organizations, we strive to create a safer and more sustainable environment for wildlife.

Tim Shields, President of Hardshell Labs, Inc. 

Committed to Conservation

Desert biologist Tim Shields has 45+ years experience in the field, logging some 30,000 miles on foot, surveying and making observations.  

His observations of avian predation on desert tortoises led to the founding Hardshell Labs, Inc. in 2014.

Tim authored, co-authored and illustrated numerous scientific papers, and is widely recognized among U.S. conservationists as a subject matter expert in threatened desert tortoise population management. 

Tim has trained 200+ workers in various aspects of field biology, and worked with leading agencies and corporations involved in avian deterrence and desert conservation in southern California including: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Raven Management Working Group; Desert Tortoise Council; Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee; Bureau of Land Management; and numerous utility companies. 

Tim is also an accomplished wildlife artist.  

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