Posted December 2, 2016 by Indy Quillen.
March 18 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Meet at: Copper Mountain College
Instructors: 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
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.
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