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The Heat Is On: Desert Tortoises and Survival
Released: 5/25/2010 9:14:23 AM

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Leslie Gordon 1-click interview
Phone: (650) 793-1534

Menlo Park, Calif. — A new U.S. Geological Survey documentary video exploring the world of the endangered Mojave Desert tortoise will be introduced and discussed by USGS scientists during a public showing in Menlo Park on Thursday, May 27.

Though the desert tortoise has thrived in the southwestern United States for thousands of years, its population has severely declined over the last four decades. The new video, titled The Heat is On: Desert Tortoises and Survival, explains why this important indicator of desert ecosystem health is declining and what scientists are doing to save them.

The tortoise is being threatened by habitat loss, off-road vehicle use, utility corridors, predators, wildfire, and disease. Scientists are working to meet the challenge of providing information to reverse trends effecting the habitat and well-being of the tortoise, and to reduce the threat of extinction.

Take advantage of this opportunity to interview the scientists whose work is featured in the video.

Who: USGS Ecologist Todd Esque and Wildlife Biologist Ken Nussear

What: Screening of 30-minute video
Introduction of video and discussion with the scientists featured in the film

When: Thursday, May 27, 2010
12:00 noon —Lecture and video preview for USGS employees and reporters
1:00 p.m. —Media availability for interviews following the lecture & video
7:00 p.m. —Public lecture and video showing

Where: U.S. Geological Survey
Building 3 Auditorium, 2nd-floor
345 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, California

Map and Directions: Menlo Park Science Center Campus Map

A news release providing more information about the video is available online and the video, along with its transcript, can be viewed online.

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