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Desert Tortoise Conservation Biology Spring 2018 (Biology x412.18 1 unit)

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 3:00 PM

The desert tortoise Gopherus agassizii is a fascinating species whose existence is threatened. This class will highlight critical issues in desert tortoise conservation, and the unique morphological, physiological, and behavioral traits essential for these reptiles to survive. In the morning participants will explore the tortoise preserve at Copper Mountain College (CMC). Moving to the classroom, Kristin Berry Ph.D. will explain the ecology, life history and current threats to this species. Edward LaRue Jr. M.S., will then show how to detect tortoises in the field, and discuss their occurrence in the Morongo Basin. Michael Vamstad M.S. will discuss tortoise conservation and education activities in Joshua Tree National Park. Scott Hoffman M.S. will describe the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s range-wide monitoring program for desert tortoises. Paul Delaney Ph.D. will summarize preserve management, and the remarkable variety of adaptations exhibited by these amazing animals. Participants then return outside to practice detecting tortoises, scat, tracks and burrows using field equipment. Course fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. Download the class outline:  Desert Tortoise Conservation Biology Please review this pdf package that contains pertinent information about your class, the Joshua Tree National Park, camping reservations and lodging in the area around the park:  enrollment attachments. If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here. Please take the time to review our General Class Information and Fitness Levels before registering.

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