Announcing the 45th Annual Desert Tortoise Council Symposium
February 20-23, 2020, Las Vegas, Nevada
The registration fee includes:
- 2 continental breakfasts (Saturday and Sunday);
- 2 refreshment breaks (Friday and Saturday);
- Friday evening mixer with carving stations, dessert bar and no-host bar; and
- Saturday night dinner buffet and no-host bar banquet with guest speaker
There is also a Meal Plan available for purchase for those that do not attend the General Session (spouses, vendors, etc.).
Please join us as a member or remember to renew your membership dues at this time to be eligible to receive the member registration rate.
We are encouraging our members to make their reservations at the Excalibur (where the Symposium is being held). Use the button below to book a room at the Excalibur.
Overnight parking is $10 per night at The Excalibur. When the guest checks in they should let the front desk know that they have a car. The hotel will charge the guest’s account and give them a key providing garage access at any MGM property in Las Vegas.
Please note, the hotel does not provide an airport shuttle.
Annual Business Meeting
The Annual Business Meeting of the Desert Tortoise Council will be held between 8:00-9:00 AM on February 21, 2020 prior to the Annual Symposium. The Annual Business Meeting will include a report from the Chair of the Board of Directors, reports from committee chairs, officer elections (Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer), and a vote on the proposed Bylaws changes.
Symposium Field Trip: February 20, 2020
Ivanpah Valley Head Start Facility
Join Dr. Tracey Tuberville, Dr.Kurt Buhlmann, and/or Dr. Brian Todd for a visit to the Ivanpah Valley Head Start Facility and to one of their field sites in Ivanpah Valley. Since our last visit to the facility in 2013 much work has been conducted and much has been learned to best return small desert tortoises to the wild.
GPS Logger Workshop: February 20, 2020
An Open-source Hardware GPS Data Logger for Wildlife Movement Studies
Attendees will learn how to assemble a GPS data logger through a guided exercise, and will be able to take home their creation. Sessions will include a brief lecture, basics of soldering tutorial (via a customized LED exercise), guided GPS unit construction, field testing, downloading and visualization of data, casing and attachment options, customization options, and future projects.
Information for Vendors
The Desert Tortoise Council is accepting applications from vendors who wish to exhibit or sell merchandise at the 2020 Symposium. Please download the Vendor Opportunities letter and application form below for more information.
Please consider sponsoring the annual Symposium of the Desert Tortoise Council. This one-time donation will go directly to defraying the costs of the 45th Annual Symposium. For additional information on sponsorship levels and to download 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 must be received three weeks prior to the Symposium (Friday, January 31 at midnight) for a refund minus a $30.00 handling fee.
After January 31, 75% of the registration fees are forfeit.
After February 19, all funds will be forfeit.