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

Date/Time: Saturday, March 18,  8 am –6 pm
Meet at: Copper Mountain College
Fee: $60 members $70 non members
 Credit: $110 members $120 non members

Edward L. LaRue Jr. M.S.-Desert Tortoise Council & Circle Mountain Biological Consultants Inc., Paul Delaney Ph.D.-Professor of Biology at Copper Mountain College, Kristen Berry-Wildlife Biologist/USGS, Michael Vamstaad-M.S. Wildlife Ecology/NPS

Hike Level: Easy

The desert tortoise Gopherus agassizii is a fascinating species whose existence is threatened. In the morning participants will start by exploring the tortoise preserve at Copper Mountain College (CMC). Moving to the classroom, Kristin Berry Ph.D., representing the Western Ecological Research Center of the U.S. Geological Survey, will discuss the ecology, life history and current threats to this species. Edward LaRue Jr. M.S., representing the Desert Tortoise Council, will then discuss tortoise occurrence in the Morongo Basin since 1989, construction monitoring, and how to detect tortoises. Paul Delaney Ph.D., biology professor at CMC, will discuss management of the preserve, and introduce participants to the remarkable variety of adaptations exhibited by tortoises. Participants with then return outside to practice detecting tortoises, scat, tracks and burrows using field surveying equipment. This class will highlight unique morphological, physiological, and behavioral traits essential for these reptiles to survive in the desert, as well as critical issues in desert tortoise conservation.

Download the class outline:  Desert Tortoise Conservation Biology Outline – Spring 2017

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.

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