Back to DTC home page ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT DESERT TORTOISES:
A GUIDE FOR PEOPLE WHO WORK WITH THE PUBLIC
Kristin H. Berry & Timothy Duck
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Organizations with Expertise on
Desert Tortoises in California

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

CALIFORNIA TURTLE AND TORTOISE CLUB

Founded in 1964, the CTTC has over 1,100 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 (http://www.tortoise.org/).

The following table provides times and locations of meetings, contact information for the 2013-14 officers, and the permanent postal addresses of each Chapter.

CTTC Executive Board
P.O. Box 7300, Van Nuys, CA 91409-7300
http://www.tortoise.org
Chair: Dave Friend dfriend449@aol.com
V. Chair: Robin Robb sgrpilot@hotmail.com 
Treasurer: Karen Berry theflyingturtle1953@yahoo.com

Cen-Val Chapter
P.O. Box 16418, Fresno, CA 93755-6418
http://www.tortoise.org/cen-val/
President: Robert Scott cen-val_cttc@yahoo.com
Adoptions: Diana Gatti degatti@sbcglobal.net
 
Meets: First Thursday, 7:00 pm at Del Mar Elementary School, 4122 N. Del Mar, Fresno, CA 93704

Chino Valley Chapter
P.O. Box 1753, Chino, CA 91708-1753
http://www.tortoise.org/chino/
President: Jim Misiak jlcalif@yahoo.com
Secretary: Lynda Misiak jlcalif@yahoo.com
Adoptions: Marilyn Griffin singu4joy@yahoo.com
Meets: Third Friday, 7:30 pm at Chino Girl Scout House, 5007 Center Street, Chino, CA 91710

Foothill Chapter
P.O. Box 51002, Pasadena, CA 91115
http://www.tortoise.org/foothill/
Pres: Joyce Spencer jycspencer@yahoo.com
Vice-Pres: Jeanette Lea jeanette.lea@sbcglobal.net
  
Meets: Fourth Friday, 7:30 pm at Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

High Desert Chapter
P.O. Box 163, Victorville, CA 92392
http://www.tortoise.org/highdesert/
President: Dave Zantiny DZANT738@aol.com
Secretary: Mary Dutro dutrograndma@cs.com
Adoptions: Mary Dutro dutrograndma@cs.com
Meets: Second Monday, 7:00 p.m. at Sterling Inn Regency Room, 17738 Francesca Rd., Apple Valley, CA 92395

Inland Empire Chapter
P.O. Box 2371, San Bernardino, CA 92406
http://www.tortoise.org/inlandempire/
President: Monica Dirac monicadirac@aol.com
V. Pres: Robin Robb sgrpilot@hotmail.com 
Sec: Kathryn Weston k51weston@verizon.net
Meets: First Friday, 7:30 p.m. at San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands, CA 92374

Kern County Chapter
P.O. Box 81772, Bakersfield, CA
93380-1772
http://www.kerncttc.org/
President: Don Williams DonWilliams@bak.rr.com
V-P: Mary Ann Blanchard TortoiseSlave@gmail.com
Adoptions: Don Williams DonWilliams@bak.rr.com
Meets: Second Friday, 7:00 pm at St. Philip of the Apostle Church, Room 5, 7100 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, Ca. 93309.

Low Desert Chapter
P.O. Box 4156, Palm Desert, CA 92261
http://www.tortoise.org/lowdesert/
President: Tony Vaninetti TonyVaninetti@verizon.net
Adoptions: Bill Powers bpowers@livingdesert.org
  
Meets: First Monday of every even month, 7:00 pm at The Living Desert, 47-900 Portola, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Orange County Chapter
P.O. Box 11124, Santa Ana, CA 92711
http://www.octortoisecttc.org/
Pres: Sharon Paquette turtlenutz@gmail.com
V. Pres: Mark Szatkowski mark@szatkowskifamily.com
Adoptions occhapter@hotmail.com
Meets: Second Friday, 7:30 pm at Chapman University Science Center, Rm 127, 346 Center St., Orange, CA 92866

Ridgecrest Chapter
P.O.Box 1272, Ridgecrest, CA 94088
http://ridgecresttortoiseclub.webs.com
President: Robert Parker rsparker7@msn.com
V-Pres: Sue Parker rsparker7@gmail.com
Adopt: Montynne Yates tynsy@aol.com
Meets: Second Monday, 7:30 pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 502 No. Norma St., Ridgecrest, CA 93555.

Santa Barbara-Ventura Chapter
P.O. Box 3086, Camarillo, CA 93011-3086
http://www.tortoise.org/santabarbara/
President: Wes Shipway wesship@aol.com
V.Pres: Dave Friend dfriend449@aol.com
Adoptions: Wes Shipway wesship@aol.com
Contact the Chapter for meeting time and location.

Silicon Valley Chapter
P.O. Box 64135, Sunnyvale, CA 94088-4135
http://www.tortoise.org/siliconvalley/
President: Gilbert Castro tortoise.whisperer@yahoo.com
Sec: Dorothy Castro 1dotboop@att.net
Adoptions: Gilbert Castro tortoise.whisperer@yahoo.com
Meets: Third Friday, 7:00 pm at San Jose Masonic Center, 2500 Masonic Dr., San Jose, CA 95125.

TOOSLO Chapter
P.O. Box 14222, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
http://www.tooslo.org/
President: Lola MacAulay dragonstitcher@yahoo.com
V. Pres.: Lisa Winn kingfisher18164@gmail.com
Adoptions: Bob Thomas thomas-turtles@juno.com
Meets: Second Wednesday, 7:00 pm at PG&E Community Center, 6588 Ontario Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Turtle and Tortoise Care Society
P.O. Box 15965, Long Beach, CA 90815-0965
http://www.tortoise.org/ttcs/
Pres: Ralph Hoekstra rhoekstra@aol.com
V.P: Richard Roosman richardinwalnutpark@msn.com
Adoptions: Lynda Bagley goroggo@yahoo.com
Meets: Third Friday,7:30 pm at University Baptist Church, 3434 Chatwin, Long Beach, CA 90808

Valley Chapter
P.O. Box 7364, Van Nuys, CA 91409
http://www.tortoise.org/valley/
Pres: Abigail DeSesa abigail.desesa@sbcglobal.net
Treasurer: Karen Berry theflyingturtle1953@yahoo.com
Valley Adoptions Team valleycttcadoptions@yahoo.com
Meets: Third Friday, 7:30 pm at Woodland Hills Christian Church, 5920 Shoup, Woodland Hills, CA 91367


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
http://www.tortoise-tracks.org


OTHER CALIFORNIA ORGANIZATIONS

The Living Desert
Curator of Animals: Terrie Correll
47900 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, California 92260
(760) 346-5694
http://www.livingdesert.org/

Joshua Tree Tortoise Rescue
P.O. Box 1099
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
(760) 401-2586
http://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
P.O. Box 712514,
Santee, CA 92072-2514
http://www.sdturtle.org

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Last Updated: January 29, 2014