Field Trip for 45th Annual Desert Tortoise Council Symposium
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. Hatchling tortoises have been reared with different incubation regimes, diets, indoor and outdoor rearing pens, and different release strategies in the effort to increase survivorship upon release. Success of the various techniques and plans for the future will be discussed. After lunch we will visit a field site and be able to find tortoise sign and hopefully a desert tortoise or two.