Students in the Projects, Research and Design class have been prepping for the new desert tortoise habitat by studying real examples of habitat restoration and design in Tucson. One of these examples is the KERP (Kino Environmental Restoration Project) site, which was created to channel city runoff into a massive basin. This water is then used to drive five different ecosystems, including a marsh, mesquite bisque, and grassland. The site also houses multiple populations of burrowing owls, which are relocated here when their natural habitats are threatened by development. This site provided a stunning example of how smart design and land use can create a vibrant and thriving habitat for native species.