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The Program for the 38th Annual Meeting and Symposium of the Desert Tortoise Council is almost full: just a few openings remain open for oral presentations. Posters are welcome and many opportunities still remain for presenting posters during special poster sessions scheduled for both Friday and Saturday evenings.
Symposium Program Information
On-site check in and registration for the Annual Meeting and Symposium begins at 8:00 a.m. on Friday morning, February 15. The Annual Business Meeting will be held from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., with the Symposium Program beginning promptly at 9:30 a.m. First on the program are guest scientists and experts speaking about the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. Dr. Steve Schwarzbach is the lead speaker in this important, opening session. Dr. Schwarzbach chaired the Independent Science Panel who reviewed the early draft DRECP and presented a final report to the Renewable Energy Action Team (California Energy Commission, California Dept. of Fish and Game, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). Other speakers with critical information include Dr. Wayne Spencer of the Conservation Biology Institute, who will discuss potential effects of the DRECP on small mammals; Dr. Jim Andre of the University of California’s Natural Reserve system, who will review potential effects on rare and endangered plants; Dr.Todd Katzner of West Virginia University, an expert on birds of prey in Asia and the Southwest and lead scientist on a series of research projects focused on golden eagles in the California deserts, will discuss his previous and ongoing research; and Steve Ishii, who has been tracking the business and financial aspects of renewable energy in the Southwest, will share his findings.
We have other exciting program news. Dr. Camila Ferrara of the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Manaus, Brazil and a recent graduate, will speak about the ground-breaking research that she, Dr. Richard Vogt, and Renata S. Sousa-Lima, just published on turtle vocalizations as the first evidence of posthatching parental care. The Desert Tortoise Council is delighted to have her!
There will be a special session on predation by subsidized predators, including invited speaker Dr. Brian Cypher, from California State University at Stanislaus, who will present results of his research on coyotes in the Central Mojave Desert. Andrew Walde and Pete Woodman will share information on raven predation on adult tortoises and Dr. Darryl Heard from the University of Florida will discuss dog attacks on gopher tortoises. Cristina Jones of the Arizona Game and Fish Department is chairing the special session on Morafka’s desert tortoise and has lined up several speakers, including three students. Other sessions will focus on such topics as translocation in tortoises, the latest information on health and diseases in tortoises, government actions associated with desert tortoise recovery, results of head starting projects, and effects of various anthropogenic stressors on desert tortoises. The Symposium is expected to close mid-afternoon on Sunday, February 17.
Annual Business Meeting
The Annual Business Meeting of the Corporation will be held on Friday, February 15, 2013 from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. in the Virginia City Room at Sam’s Town. All Desert Tortoise Council members are invited to attend. The Symposium will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. on Friday morning and continue through 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 17.
Funds are available for students giving papers and who require support for travel.
And don't forget to enter the Desert Tortoise Council's Annual Photo Contest. Submissions are available for viewing on the Photo Entries page.
We recommend that you register for the Symposium early and take advantage of the lower rates. If your registration is submitted/postmarked after January 18, 2013, rates are higher. We also recommend that you reserve your room at Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino before January 15, 2013. Room rates are: $26.99 for Thursday (February 14, 2013) and $59.99 for Friday-Sunday (February 15-17, 2013). Guests should call the Hotel Reservations Department office at the toll-free number (877-593-5993), which is open Monday through Friday between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time).
This great, low rate is only available to those who make their reservations directly with the Hotel Reservations Department. Callers must identify themselves as attendees of the Desert Tortoise Council or with the group code DESB13A to obtain this special room rate. Please be advised that there is a $4.50 Hotel Service Fee per room/per night. This fee includes unlimited local phone calls, voice mail, wake-up calls, paging service, inbound faxing, and shuttle service to Downtown and Strip properties. Hotel check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 p.m.