DTC will offer TWO "Introduction to Desert Tortoises and Field Techniques" workshops on November 1-2 and again 3-4, 2014 in Ridgecrest, CA. Registration will be open (no wait lists, no early registration) and will begin in early July. Watch this web site for additional details.
These workshops are structured to provide information on the biology of desert tortoises and the field techniques of monitoring and surveying.
We will decide the 2014 fee in June. The fee for the Desert Tortoise Council's 2013 Introduction to Desert Tortoises and Field Techniques Workshops was $285 ($185 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.