• Desert Tortoise Council Training Programs

Introductory Training

For 2022 we offer a combination course with two half days of online lectures (October 28 & 29) and a full day of fieldwork (either November 4 or November 5). A fieldwork day will be available to those who completed the lecture in 2021 but were not able to attend a field day.

Advanced Biologist Training

This course will not be offered in 2022.
The Desert Tortoise Council is developing specialized criteria for advanced training courses for desert tortoise biologists. These trainings may include: tortoise handling techniques, basic health assessments, telemetry, construction monitoring, and other trainings in association with agency permitting. Details will appear here when they become available.

Health Assessment Training

This course will not be offered in 2022.
Health Assessment Procedures for Translocations of the Mojave Desert Tortoise is a four-day advanced course only open to those with extensive tortoise handling experience.