Organizations with Expertise on Desert Tortoises in California

California Turtle & Tortoise Club | Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee | Others

CALIFORNIA TURTLE AND TORTOISE CLUB

Founded in 1964, the CTTC has over 1,000 members and 14 chapters. The Club was organized to preserve, conserve, study, and disseminate knowledge about turtles and tortoises. Chapters and branches hold monthly meetings at which local and international experts speak on a variety of subjects. The Club also has sponsored symposia and programs of national and international significance. The various chapters and branches raise funds for educational programs, as well as local and world-wide conservation projects for turtles and tortoises. The Club was organized to preserve, conserve, study, and disseminate knowledge about turtles and tortoises. Chapters and branches hold monthly meetings at which local and international experts speak on a variety of subjects. The Club also has sponsored symposia and programs of national and international significance. The various chapters and branches raise funds for educational programs, as well as local and world-wide conservation projects for turtles and tortoises. The Club is most widely recognized for its State-sanctioned ADOPTION PROGRAM for captive desert tortoises. The ADOPTION PROGRAM is managed through a network of volunteers. Because of its efforts to protect the desert tortoise, the Club received an award from the Secretary of the Interior. The Club produces a bimonthly newsletter, the Tortuga Gazette, and has an extensive website, www.tortoise.org/.

The following table provides times and locations of meetings, contact information for the 2015-16 officers, and the permanent postal addresses of each Chapter.

 

CTTC Executive Board
P.O. Box 7300,Van Nuys, CA 91409-7300
www.tortoise.org

V.chair: Abigail DeSesa
abigail.desesa@sbcglobal.net
Treas: Pam Maloney
merchbaby@att.net

Cen-Val Chapter
P.O. Box 16418, Fresno, CA 93755
www.tortoise.org/
cen-val/

Meeting: First Thursday, 7:00 pm at Del Mar Elementary School, 4122 N. Del Mar, Fresno, CA 93704.

Pres:Robert Scott
cen-val_cttc
@yahoo.com

Adop:Diana Gatti
degatti@sbcglobal.net

Chino Valley Chapter
P.O. Box 1753,Chino, CA 91708
www.tortoise.org/chino/

Meeting: Third Friday, 7:30 pm at Chino Girl Scout House, 5007 Center St., Chino, CA 91710.

Pres: Rachelle Buck
lovemytortoises@yahoo.com
V.pres: David Bowman bowmanusa@gmail.com
Sec: Lynda Misiak
jlcalif@yahoo.com

Foothill Chapter
P.O. Box 51002, Pasadena, CA 91115
www.tortoise.org/foothill/

Meeting: Fourth Friday, 7:30 pm at Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007.

Pres: Joanna Bolt
jojokittyz@yahoo.com
V.pres: Mardy Graves
mardyjg@gmail.com
Sec: Jeanette Lea
jeanette.lea@sbcglobal.net

High Desert Chapter
P.O. Box 163,Victorville, CA 92392
www.tortoise.org/
highdesert/

Meeting: Second Monday, 7:00 pm at Sterling Inn Regency Room, 17738 Francesca Rd., Apple Valley, CA 92395.

Pres: Dave Zantiny
DZANT738@aol.com
Sec/Adop: Mary Dutro
dutrograndma@cs.com

Inland Empire Chapter
P.O. Box 2371, San Bernardino, CA 92406
www.tortoise.org/inlandempire/

Meeting: First Friday, 7:30 pm, "The Ark" Church of the Nazarenes in the Fellowship Hall in Young Hall, 1307 East Citrus Ave., Redlands, CA 92374.

Pres: Monica Dirac
monicadirac@aol.com
V.pres: Richard Roosman
richardinwalnutpark @msn.com
Sec: Vendy Martin
nitram63@aol.com

Kern County Chapter
P.O. Box 81772, Bakersfield, CA 93380-1772
www.kerncttc.org/

Meeting: SecondMonday, 7:00 pm at St. Philip of the Apostle Church, Room 5, 7100 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93309.

Pres: Rita Linkswiler
rlinkswiler@hotmail.com
V.pres: Linda Moore
lamturtle@sbcglobal.net
Adop: Lawrence Rushing
rushingpa@sbcglobal.net

Low Desert Chapter
P.O. Box 4156, Palm Desert, CA 92261
www.tortoise.org/lowdesert/

Meeting: First Monday of every even month, 7:00 pm at The Living Desert, 47-900 Portola, Palm Desert, CA 92260.

Pres: Marlies Dietrich
cttclowdesertch@yahoo.com
Adop: Bill Powers
bpowers@livingdesert.org

Orange County Chapter
P.O. Box 11124, Santa Ana, CA 92711
www.octortoisecttc.org/

Meeting: Second Friday, 7:30 pm at Chapman University Science Center, Rm 127, 346 Center St., Orange, CA 92866.

Pres: Sharon Paquette
turtlenutz@gmail.com
V.pres: Mark Szatkowski
mark@
szatkowskifamily.com

Chapter Adop:
occhapter@hotmail.com

Ridgecrest Chapter
P.O.Box 1272, Ridgecrest, CA
94088
ridgecresttortoiseclub.
webs.com

Meeting: Second Monday, 7:30 pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 502 No. Norma St., Ridgecrest, CA 93555.

Pres: Robert Parker
rsparker7@msn.com
V.pres: Sue Parker
rsparker7@gmail.com
Adop: Montynne Yates
tynsy@aol.com

Santa Barbara-Ventura Chapter
P.O. Box 3086, Camarillo, CA 93011-3086.
www.tortoise.org/
santabarbara/

Contact the Chapter for meeting time and location.

Pres: Don Williams
deserttortoisedon@gmail.com
Adop: Wes Shipway
wesship@aol.com

Santa Clarita Branch
P.O. Box 4012,Castaic, CA 91310
www.tortoise.org/santaclarita/

Meeting: Bimonthly on the second Saturday at 6:30 pm at Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, California 91355.


Adop: Abigail Desesa
abigail.desesa@sbcglobal.net

Silicon Valley Chapter
P.O. Box 64135, Sunnyvale, CA 94088-4135
www.tortoise.org/siliconvalley/

Meeting: Third Friday, 7:00 pm at San Jose Masonic Center, 2500 Masonic Dr., San Jose, CA 95125.

Pres: Gilbert Castro
tortoise.whisperer@yahoo.com
Sec: Dorothy Castro
1dotboop@att.net
Adop: Daniel Davis
svttc.adoptions@gmail.com

TOOSLO Chapter
P.O. Box 14222,San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
www.tooslo.org/

Meeting: Second Wednesday, 7:00 pm at PG&E Community Center, 6588 Ontario Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Pres: Lola MacAulay
dragonstitcher2@yahoo.com
V.pres: Brandon Froelicher
bfroelicher09@gmail.com
Adop: Bob Thomas
thomas-turtles@juno.com

Turtle and Tortoise Care Society
P.O. Box 15965, Long Beach, CA 90815-0965
www.tortoise.org/ttcs/

Meeting:Third Friday,7:30 pm at University Baptist Church, 3434 Chatwin, Long Beach, CA 90808

Pres: Richard Roosman
richardinwalnutpark@msn.com
V.pres: John Wong
kitekat_1@sbcglobal.net
Sec: Anita De Leon
ruaturtlelover@aol.com

Valley Chapter
P.O. Box 7364, Van Nuys, CA 91409
www.tortoise.org/valley/

Meeting: Third Friday, 7:30 pm at Woodland Hills Christian Church, 5920 Shoup, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.

V.pres: Bob Hazard
ra_hazard@att.net
Treas: Karen Berry
theflyingturtle1953@yahoo.com
Valley Adoptions Team
valleycttcadoptions@yahoo.com


DESERT TORTOISE PRESERVE COMMITTEE

The Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee was founded in 1974 to promote the welfare of the desert tortoise in the southwestern United States and to establish a preserve or Natural Area on the slopes of the western Rand Mountains and adjacent Fremont Valley (eastern Kern County) where the density of tortoises was the highest ever recorded. In 1991 the Committee expanded its land acquisition and stewardship efforts to other parts of the California deserts.

The Committee has been remarkably successful in raising funds to acquire habitat, buy fencing, establish visitor facilities, and provide support for naturalists and critical monitoring projects at the Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area. To achieve its goals, members work closely with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Bureau of Land Management, The Nature Conservancy, some major corporations and developers, the California Turtle and Tortoise Club, and many other groups. A long-term program for land acquisition has been established and thousands of acres of habitat have been acquired. Programs for stewardship, education, and monitoring have functioned productively for several years.

The Committee has land holdings in and adjacent to the Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area, at Pilot Knob in the Central Mojave Desert, in Mojave National Preserve, and in the Chuckwalla Bench. Members and volunteers lead tours, develop brochures, maintain nature trails and fencing, and give slide programs to thousands of people annually. A newsletter, Tortoise Tracks, is published quarterly. The corporation holds annual meetings in January.

The Committee and members of its Board of Trustees have been the recipients of numerous local and national awards. For example, Congress identified the Committee as a local, grass-roots organization dedicated to preserving biodiversity. For more information, contact the Committee:

Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee, Inc.
4067 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, California 92501
(951) 683-3872 (telephone)
(951) 683-6949 (facsimile)
Email: dtpc@pacbell.net
www.tortoise-tracks.org


OTHER CALIFORNIA ORGANIZATIONS

The Living Desert
Director of Conservation: Peter Siminski
47900 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, California 92260
(760) 346-5694 ext. 2102
www.livingdesert.org/
psiminski@livingdesert.org

Joshua Tree Tortoise Rescue
P.O. Box 1099
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
(760) 401-2586
www.deserttortoiserescue.org/home.html

Sacramento Turtle and Tortoise Club
President:Felice Rood
25 Starlit Circle
Sacramento, CA 95831
(916) 421-1134

San Diego Turtle and Tortoise Society
560 Robinson Ave
El Cajon, CA 92020
www.sdturtle.org

Last updated: 29 March, 2016

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