2017 Desert Tortoise Symposium

tortoise 1This year marked the 42nd Annual Symposium held in Las Vegas, Nevada by the Desert Tortoise Council (DTC). The DTC is at the forefront promoting conservation of the desert tortoise in the deserts of the southwestern United States and Mexico. For the purposes of the DTC, the term “desert tortoise” includes the species complex in the southwestern United States and in Mexico, currently referred to as Gopherus agassizii, Gopherus evgoodei, and Gopherus morafkai.

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ECORP was one of the sponsors of the symposium again this year with biologists Mari Quillman and David Carr in attendance. Both David and Mari volunteered to provide onsite support during the entire symposium.

The symposium brings together public and private entities in engaging ways. This year the symposium covered a number of topics, including:

  • Recovery actions for desert tortoise by federal and state agencies and non-profit organizations;
  • Research and conservation on Morafka’s (Sonoran) desert tortoise, as well as Bolson and thornscrub tortoises;
  • Mule and white-tailed deer in deserts: science and conservation challenges; and
  • Renewable energy development.

Please contact Mari Quillman or David Carr at (714) 648-0630 to help answer questions about conservation and management of desert tortoise and associated habitats.

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