Symposium Announcements


Registration is now OPEN for the 2018 Annual Symposium. Click Register Now! to jump to the DTC's Wild Apricot registration portal and complete the registration form. Pay your fee online through our secure server provided by PayPal using your PayPal account or your credit card.

If you are unable to complete your registration online, please print out a PDF registration form, complete the form, and send the form and a check for your fees to our postal mailing address:
Desert Tortoise Council
4654 East Avenue S #257B
Palmdale, CA 93552

The Call for Papers for the 43rd Annual Symposium has been announced. Please click 2018 Call for Papers for details, deadlines and the interactive application form.

Symposium Program Details

Symposium Speakers and Sessions

Speakers and session details are being confirmed and finalized at this time. Details will be posted here as they become available. Check back for the latest Symposium news.

The Call for Papers is on the Desert Tortoise Council's website, and we look forward to an influx of abstracts very soon! Please plan to submit an abstract or talk to the Program Chair, Kristin Berry, with your ideas for a paper.

The Program for the 2018 Symposium is rapidly moving forward with plans for a Special Session on Saturday focused on the rare, threatened, endangered, and other sensitive small animals occurring in desert tortoise habitat. Featured species include the endemic Mohave ground squirrel, burrowing owls, kit foxes, declining species of desert song birds, and, of course, a paper on gila monsters! We also plan sessions on results of recent translocation and headstarting research and many other topics. With tortoise populations continuing to decline, we anticipate one or more lively panel discussions on action plans to return many of the populations to viability.

On Saturday evening, Dr. Jim Andre will give us a short program on rare, threatened and endangered desert wildflowers and plants, emphasizing those occurring in desert tortoise habitat. Plan to join us! 2018 will be in Las Vegas at very low and reasonable room rates. In 2019, the Symposium will be held in Tucson, the land of the Sonoran tortoise and gila monsters!

Registering for the Symposium

Symposium Registration

Registration for the 2018 Symposium will open shortly through our Wild Apricot registration site.

Please take advantage of early-bird registration rates. If your registration is processed online after January 19, rates are higher. The registration fee includes 2 continental breakfasts (Saturday and Sunday); 2 refreshment breaks; a mixer on Friday evening that includes heavy hors d’oeurves and a no-host bar; and on Saturday evening a dinner buffet and no-host bar banquet. Please remember to renew your membership dues at this time to be eligible to receive the member registration rate.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • Cancellations must be received three weeks prior to the Symposium for a refund minus a $20 handling fee.
  • Less than three weeks prior to the Symposium, 75% of the registration fees are forfeit.
  • Email to is sufficient to request cancellation of registration.
  • If the registrant sends a replacement under his/her registration less than three weeks prior to the Symposium, there will be a $20 extra handling charge.


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