Desert tortoise

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 posting of the 2018 Symposium Program and the Abstracts. The 2018 Program is available for download on the DTC website. The 2018 Abstracts are also posted. Click 2018 Abstracts to download a copy.

Announcing the Annual Business Meeting. The DTC Annual Business Meeting will take place on 23 February at 8:00 a.m. The general membership is invited to attend. The Board of Directors is recommending a minor modification to the Bylaws to further clarify the responsibilities of the Grants Committee. For context, the entire Bylaws can viewed by clicking DTC Bylaws. The general membership of the Council will vote to accept or reject this modification to the Bylaws during the Annual Business Meeting held beginning at 8:00 AM on February 23, prior to the opening of the annual symposium held at Sam’s Town. Please click Recommended Changes to Bylaws to view the proposed changes.

Announcing registration for the 2018 Annual Symposium. Please click 2018 Symposium home page for details and links to hotel and registration information.

Announcing the 2018 Introductory Tortoise Course: November 3-4, 2017. Registration will be available in July. If you have questions about the next Course, email Maggie Fusari at Introductory Tortoise Course. Click Intro Course details for more 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.

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  12-Feb-2018