The Desert Tortoise Council was established in 1975 to promote conservation of the desert tortoise in the deserts of the southwestern United States and Mexico. The Council is a non-profit organization comprised of hundreds of professionals and laypersons who share a common concern for desert tortoises in the wild and a commitment to advancing the public’s understanding of the species.
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The 2018 Introduction to Desert Tortoises and Field Techniques Course will take place on November 3 and 4. Click Introductory Course for details about the Course and how to register. Registration is OPEN now.
There is a special option for local science teachers to audit the course for a $25 fee. If you teach science in the general area of Ridgecrest (the Western Mojave), please send an email to
Information about the DTC's 44th Annual Symposium will be posted as it becomes available.