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Desert tortoise with transmitter. Desert tortoise with transmitter.
"Wild desert tortoise wearing a transmitter for tracking. Photo NPS/Hannah Schwalbe | Public Domain.
"Wild desert tortoise wearing a transmitter for tracking. Photo NPS/Hannah Schwalbe | Public Domain.

Feb. 18, 2022

Tracking & Monitoring California Desert Tortoises
With Ed LaRue

Tracking & Monitoring California Desert Tortoises
With Ed LaRue

Tracking & Monitoring California Desert Tortoises
With Ed LaRue

CTTC - Valley Meeting: Feb. 18, 2022 | 7:00 PM PST CTTC - Valley Meeting: Feb. 18, 2022 | 7:00 PM PST CTTC - Valley Meeting: Feb. 18, 2022 | 7:00 PM PST


The CTTC Valley Chapter released the following information on Feb. 15, 2022 re: their Friday, Feb. 18, 2022 meeting at 7:00 PM PST via Zoom.

We are pleased to have Ed LaRue, board member of the California Desert Tortoise Council (DTC), give us his presentation on how they monitor the viability and health of the California Desert Tortoise, our state's official reptile, in the Mojave Desert. He has a vast amount of knowledge about this creature – what they need to survive in their natural environment and what is being done to help them to continue to do so. Ed has been studying and monitoring desert tortoises for decades, among the ranks of Dr. Michael Tuma and Michael Vamstad, who have spoken to our chapter in the past.

Desert Tortoise Council Symposium

Mr. LaRue is chairing this year's, actually this month's, Desert Tortoise Council Symposium which begins virtually on February 15, and continues on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and until Friday the 25th. It streams during the morning on Tuesdays and Thursdays and during Friday afternoons beginning the 18th. This year, the DTC has teamed up with the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) to bring an excellent array of turtle and tortoise topics. This morning (2/15) for example, there will be seven 15-minute presentations on the raven problem in the deserts with the baby tortoise hatchlings. Next Tuesday, 2/22/22), in the morning, there will be some 15-minute presentations on the U.S. Marine Corps tortoise relocation program and the juvenile "head-start" program of the Mojave desert tortoises.

For more information, go to https://deserttortoise.org/annual-symposium/symposium-info/.

Drawing

We will be having a drawing coming up for a special book, "On the Backs of Tortoises" by Elizabeth Hennessy. This hardback book provides an insightful exploration of the iconic Galapagos tortoises, and how their fate is inseparably linked to our own in a rapidly changing world.

"Timely, fresh, and compelling . . . A must-read for anyone interested in the environmental history of the Galapagos and tortoise conservation." Jamie Lorimer, University of Oxford, author of Wildlife in the Anthropocene: Conservation after Nature.

The winner will be drawn from the pool of attendees of both this and next month's meetings.

Hope to see you all this Friday evening! If things improve, and the county approves, we hope to meet live next month. We will see how things play out! In the meantime, we will continue to meet via Zoom.

Your Valley Chapter Team

      We are pleased to have Ed LaRue, board member of the California Desert Tortoise Council (DTC), give us his presentation on how they monitor the viability and health of the California Desert Tortoise, our state's official reptile, in the Mojave Desert. He has a vast amount of knowledge about this creature – what they need to survive in their natural environment and what is being done to help them to continue to do so. Ed has been studying and monitoring desert tortoises for decades, among the ranks of Dr. Michael Tuma and Michael Vamstad, who have spoken to our chapter in the past.

Desert Tortoise Council Symposium

Mr. LaRue is chairing this year's, actually this month's, Desert Tortoise Council Symposium which begins virtually on February 15, and continues on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and until Friday the 25th. It streams during the morning on Tuesdays and Thursdays and during Friday afternoons beginning the 18th. This year, the DTC has teamed up with the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) to bring an excellent array of turtle and tortoise topics. This morning (2/15) for example, there will be seven 15-minute presentations on the raven problem in the deserts with the baby tortoise hatchlings. Next Tuesday, 2/22/22), in the morning, there will be some 15-minute presentations on the U.S. Marine Corps tortoise relocation program and the juvenile "head-start" program of the Mojave desert tortoises.

For more information, go to https://deserttortoise.org/annual-symposium/symposium-info/.

Drawing

We will be having a drawing coming up for a special book, "On the Backs of Tortoises" by Elizabeth Hennessy. This hardback book provides an insightful exploration of the iconic Galapagos tortoises, and how their fate is inseparably linked to our own in a rapidly changing world.

"Timely, fresh, and compelling . . . A must-read for anyone interested in the environmental history of the Galapagos and tortoise conservation." Jamie Lorimer, University of Oxford, author of Wildlife in the Anthropocene: Conservation after Nature.

The winner will be drawn from the pool of attendees of both this and next month's meetings.

Hope to see you all this Friday evening! If things improve, and the county approves, we hope to meet live next month. We will see how things play out! In the meantime, we will continue to meet via Zoom.

Your Valley Chapter Team

To receive an invitation and instructions on how to join the Zoom session you must be a CTTC member. You can join the Valley Chapter Here.

CTTC - Valley Chapter General Info.

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