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Multi-day, Virtual Symposium, February 2022
The Desert Tortoise Council has teamed up with the Turtle Survival Alliance to organize and implement the virtual 47th Annual Desert Tortoise Council Symposium in February 2022. We are very fortunate to have teamed with the Turtle Survival Alliance and their experts for the event.
The 47th Annual Symposium will have several plenary speakers, multiple sessions on focused topics, student paper awards, and a poster session managed separately on our web site with opportunities to question poster presenters.
Annual Business Meeting
The Annual Business Meeting of the Desert Tortoise Council will be held in a virtual format at 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM (PST) on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, in conjunction with the 47th Annual Symposium. All Council members and guests are invited to attend the Business Meeting. The Board of Directors will provide a summary of accomplishments over the past year, and report on the financial status of the organization. There will be an election of officers. In addition, the Board of Directors has recommended several revisions to the Bylaws to be voted on by the general membership (all Council members in good standing are eligible to vote regardless if registered for the symposium).
Please consider sponsoring the annual Symposium of the Desert Tortoise Council. This one-time donation will go directly to defraying the costs of the 46th Annual Symposium. For additional information on sponsorship levels and to download the sponsorship form, please click the button below.
Thank you for your support!
The Desert Tortoise Council is pleased to announce the 2022 Photo Contest to be held as part of our virtual symposium. Each year we encourage our membership to submit their best wildlife and nature photographs for a chance to win cash prizes, as well as to aid the Desert Tortoise Council in educating the public and advocating desert conservation through photography. There will be prizes and all registered attendee will be able to vote online for their favorites.
Only registered symposium attendees may enter the contest.
Deadline: February 15 at 9:00 pm PST
The 2022 Symposium will include a set of raffles that serves as a fundraiser so the Council can continue to expand its conservation efforts for the tortoise. The raffle is only open to those who register for the Symposium and raffle tickets can be purchased during the Symposium registration process. Raffle prizes will include E-Gift Cards for field equipment and other items and raffle winners will be drawn multiple times during each day of the virtual symposium.
Past Proceedings & Abstracts
The 46th Annual Desert Tortoise Council Symposium took place as our first virtual effort during February of 2021 and was a great success. Click below to download the symposium abstracts.