Working to assure the continued survival of viable populations of the desert tortoise throughout its range


Twenty-fourth Desert Tortoise Council Mojave Workshop

SpringHill Suites Marriott Hotel, Ridgecrest, CA

Introduction to Desert Tortoises and Field Techniques

November 2-3 OR November 4-5, 2015

Mojave Desert Tortoise Workshop Details | Registration & Payments | Syllabus | Hotels | Waiver Form

We will hold 2 workshops in Ridgecrest, CA in November 2015 on Monday-Tuesday, November 2-3 and Wednesday-Thursday, November 4-5.
Registration is now open for the Mojave Workshops.

These workshops are structured to provide information on the biology of desert tortoises and the field techniques of monitoring and surveying.


The fee for the Desert Tortoise Council's 2015 Introduction to Desert Tortoises and Field Techniques Workshops is $285.00 ($185.00 for registered students) plus expenses (travel, lodging, some meals).


The following USFWS web sites provide valuable and comprehensive information on requirements for field projects involving the desert tortoise The second web site also explains the requirements to become an authorized biologist under the USFWS.

These web pages are currently in revision, so check back as we will post updates when we receive them.

  1. 1. USFWS 2010 Pre-Project Survey Protocol
  2. 2. Ventura Fish & Wildlife Survey Protocols & Guidelines
  3. 3. USFWS Translocation of Mojave Desert Tortoises from Project Sites: Plan Development Guidance