The Desert Tortoise Council was established in 1975 to promote conservation of the desert tortoise in the deserts of the southwestern United States and Mexico. The Council is a non-profit organization comprised of hundreds of professionals and laypersons who share a common concern for desert tortoises in the wild and a commitment to advancing the public’s understanding of the species. For the purposes of the Council, the term "desert tortoise" includes the species complex in the southwestern United States and in Mexico, currently referred to as Gopherus agassizii, Gopherus evgoodei, and Gopherus morafkai.
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Announcing the opening of registration for the 2018 Annual Symposium. Please click 2018 Symposium home page for details and links to hotel and registration information.
Announcing the 2018 Call for Papers and Posters. To download the document (including details, deadlines and the interactive form), please click 2018 Call for Papers and Posters.
Announcing the 2018 Guidelines for Symposium Presentations. To view the document, please click 2018 Guidelines for Symposium Speakers, Presentations, and Session Chairs.
Announcing the 2018 Morafka Award. The Desert Tortoise Council is now accepting applications for this award. For details, application procedure, and a link to download the application form, click 2018 Morafka Award.
Announcing the 2017 Introductory Tortoise Course: November 11–12, 2017. Registration is now open. If you have questions about the next Course, email Maggie Fusari at Introductory Tortoise Course. Click Intro Course details for more information
Mark your calendars! Dates for the 2018 DTC Symposium are now confirmed: the dates for the 2018 Symposium are February 23-25 at Sam's Town Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.
Desert Tortoise Annotated Bibliography, 1991 - 2015 is now available: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has just released the "Desert Tortoise Annotated Bibliography, 1991 - 2015", (Open File Report 2016 - 1023) prepared by Dr. Kristin H. Berry and her team (Lisa M. Lyren, Jeremy S. Mack, L. Arriana Brand, and Dustin Wood). In the summer of 2015, the Desert Tortoise Council funded a grant to the USGS to complete this very important document. Click Annotated Bibliography to view this valuable resource.
Last updated 02-Nov-2017