Desert tortoise

The Desert Tortoise Council was established in 1975 to promote conservation of the desert tortoise in the deserts of the southwestern United States and Mexico. The Council is a non-profit organization comprised of hundreds of professionals and laypersons who share a common concern for desert tortoises in the wild and a commitment to advancing the public’s understanding of the species. For the purposes of the Council, the term "desert tortoise" includes the species complex in the southwestern United States and in Mexico, currently referred to as Gopherus agassizii, Gopherus evgoodei, and Gopherus morafkai.

Announcements

Announcing the dates for the 2017 Health Assessment Training Course: 28-31 March 2017 with an optional field trip on 1 April. We expect registration to begin in early February.  For more information, click 2017 Health Assessment Training Course.


Announcing the program for the 2017 DTC Symposium:  To view the Program, click 2017 Symposium Program.


Announcing the 2017 DTC Annual Business Meeting on 24 February:  For more information, click Board Announcements to visit the DTC Board Announcments page.


Announcing the 2017 Symposium Field Trip on 23 February: Piute Valley & Nearby Tortoise Populations with biologist Dr. Kristina Drake and research ecologist Dr. Todd Esque. For more details and registration information, click Field Trip to visit the Symposium home page.


Announcing the tentative dates for the 2017 Mojave Tortoise Course: The dates for the next Mojave Tortoise Course are November 4–5, 2017. An announcement will be finalized in June 2017. If you have questions about the next Course, email Maggie Fusari at workshopdestort@gmail.com.


Announcing the opening of registration for the 42nd Annual Symposium: Click Symposium home page for event details. Click Register now to visit the DTC‘s Wild Apricot registration portal and register for the Symposium online. You may also register by postal mail using our printable registration form available for download on this web site.


Authorized Biologist Training Postponed until Spring 2017: Due to extenuating circumstances, the Desert Tortoise Council must postpone the Authorized Biologist Training that was scheduled for October 2016. The Training will be rescheduled for the Spring of 2017. Course dates will be announced in March 2017. Applicants who have already submitted their information will maintain their "current position" for acceptance so long as the basic requirements are met.


Mark your calendars! Dates for the 2018 DTC Symposia are now confirmed: the dates for the 2018 Symposium are February 23-25 at Sam's Town Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.


Desert Tortoise Annotated Bibliography, 1991 - 2015 is now available: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has just released the "Desert Tortoise Annotated Bibliography, 1991 - 2015", (Open File Report 2016 - 1023) prepared by Dr. Kristin H. Berry and her team (Lisa M. Lyren, Jeremy S. Mack, L. Arriana Brand, and Dustin Wood). In the summer of 2015, the Desert Tortoise Council funded a grant to the USGS to complete this very important document. Click Annotated Bibliography to view this valuable resource.


Last updated  15-Feb-2017