Kerncrest Audubon to host Navy biologist Leavitt

The Kerncrest Audubon Society will host a presentation by Dr. Daniel J. Leavitt, natural resources manager for the Department of the Navy, on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Maturango Museum.

Leavitt’s presentation will highlight the Navy’s efforts to protect important habitat at China Lake. The Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, is the Navy’s largest land holding and occupies large portions of Kern, San Bernardino and Inyo Counties.

Nearly 75 percent of the installation is tortoise habitat, and over the years,several distinct surveys have been conducted. Leavitt will summarize the extent of knowledge on the status of tortoises on the installation and provide details on the natural resources program at China Lake.

Before accepting his current position in January 2018, Leavitt was the state herpetological research contract program manager for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, where he had served since 2013.

Leavitt received his PhD in wildlife and fisheries sciences from Texas A&M University, a master of science in biology from Sul Ross State University and a bachelor’s in geography from Keene State College. In his free time, he and his wife Jamie enjoy hiking and camping in the Sierra.

The public is invited to attend.

The Ridgecrest Tortoise Club, instead of its regular monthly meeting, will join the society for the presentation. Club members will be on hand to field hibernation questions. To learn more see ridgecrest or call Montynne at 760-793-1913 for adoptions or Bob Parker at 760-446-2001 for general information.

Story First Published: 2018-11-02