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Media Advisory: Desert Tortoises Draw Researchers and Managers to Las Vegas
Released: 2/21/2007 11:56:22 AM

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Land managers and scientists from federal, state, university and nongovernmental organizations will discuss issues, research and management of the desert tortoise in the southwestern deserts in 61 presentations.

WHAT:

Desert Tortoise Council’s 32nd Annual Symposium.

TOPICS:         

•      Recovery planning and efforts to stabilize tortoise populations; head-starting.

•      Monitoring tortoise populations and habitat; new techniques, including use of dogs to   hunt tortoises.

•      Threats to tortoises, including fire, alien plants, disease, and development.

•      New data on tortoise ecology, behavior, home range use, burrows, and foraging habits.

•      A special session on Gila monsters, chaired by Dr. Dan Beck, author of a new book on the species.

•      Featured papers on Bolson tortoises, tortoises of the Namib Desert, and turtles of Malaysia.

WHERE:           

The Desert Tortoise Council symposium will be held in Las Vegas, Nev. at Sam’s Town, 5111 Boulder Highway.

WHEN:        

February 23–26, 2007. Sessions will begin Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. and last until 5 p.m., followed by a social mixer. Saturday sessions, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; social mixer and buffet at 6:30 p.m., followed by featured evening speaker and awards. Sunday sessions, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Program and abstracts can be found at the symposium website at www.deserttortoise.org/symposium/index.html


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