Announcing the 44th Annual Desert Tortoise Council Symposium

February 21-23, 2019 Tucson, Arizona


Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa
245 East Ina Road
Tucson, AZ 85704
(520) 297-1151

There are no available rooms at the Westward Look Resort. If you are seeking lodging, below is a list of links to hotels closest to the Symposium:


Registration for the 44th Annual Symposium is now open via our Wild Apricot portal. Early-bird registration rates are good through January 22, 2019 and will increase afterward. The registration fee includes 2 continental breakfasts (Friday and Saturday); 2 refreshment breaks; a mixer on Wednesday evening, sponsored by SNEI, that includes heavy hors d’oeurves; and on Friday evening a dinner buffet and no-host bar banquet. Please remember to renew your membership dues at this time to be eligible to receive the member registration rate.

When planning your travel for the annual Symposium, please note that the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is generously offering free admission to Symposium attendees and their guests on Sunday, February 24, 2019.


The hotel does not provide an airport shuttle. Estimates for ground transportation costs between the airport and hotel are as follows:

Lyft fare estimate: $25-$30 (one-way)

Uber fare estimate: $28 – $35 (one-way)

Stagecoach Express: $34 (one-way), $64 (round trip)

Taxi: $55

Vendor Opportunities

The Desert Tortoise Council is offering vendor opportunities at the 44th Annual Symposium in Tucson, Arizona. With the overwhelming response to our upcoming Symposium in Tucson, our Vendor space is filling up quickly. Please send in your application to secure your spot — click below for more information and the application.

Symposium Sponsorships

Please consider sponsoring the annual Symposium of the Desert Tortoise Council. This one-time donation will go directly to defraying the costs of the 44th Annual Symposium to be held in Tucson, Arizona on February 21 through February 23, 2019.

For additional information on sponsorship levels and the sponsorship form, please click the button below.

Thank you for your support!

Raffle & Auction Donations

A raffle/auction is held at the Annual Symposium as a fundraiser so the Council can continue to expand its conservation efforts for the tortoise. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. The DTC would like to encourage the donation of appropriate items in support of our fundraising efforts.

Please download/complete the donation form below and send or email it using the contact information provided.

Cancellations & Refunds

  • Cancellations must be received three weeks prior to the Symposium for a refund minus a $20 handling fee.
  • Less than three weeks prior to the Symposium, 75% of the registration fees are forfeit.
  • Email to email hidden; JavaScript is required is sufficient to request cancellation of registration.
  • If the registrant sends a replacement under his/her registration less than three weeks prior to the Symposium, there will be a $20 extra handling charge.

Other Information

The Annual Meeting of the Desert Tortoise Council will be held at 6:00-6:45 p.m. in the Sonoran Ballroom on February 20, 2019 at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa
in Tucson, Arizona.

Funds are available for students who are giving papers and 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 when they become available.

All available DTC Symposium Proceedings documents are posted on this web site in the form of text-searchable PDFs, including both abstracts and full papers.

Browse the list of Awards and recipients from previous symposia.

Field Trip

Registration for the Symposium Gila Monster Field Trip is now open. Full symposium registration is required to be eligible for the field trip.