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Desert Tortoise Surveying and Monitoring

Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

Desert Tortoise Surveying and Monitoring

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Member (JTNPA or PINE) 6 Registrations Ended $50.00 $0.00
Non Member 4 Registrations Ended $60.00 $0.00

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The desert tortoise Gopherus agassizii is a fascinating species whose existence is threatened. Starting in the classroom, Edward LaRue Jr., representing the Desert Tortoise Council, will discuss tortoise detection and occurrence in the Morongo Basin since 1989, construction monitoring, current threats to the species, and tortoise life history. Paul Delaney, biologist at Copper Mountain College (CMC), will discuss management of the CMC tortoise translocation area, and introduce participants to the remarkable variety of adaptations exhibited by tortoises in the preserve. Moving outside, the class will explore the on-campus tortoise translocation area. Participants will practice detecting tortoises, scat, tracks and burrows. This class will highlight the many unique morphological, physiological, behavioral, and ecological traits essential for tortoises to survive in the desert.

Download the class outline:  Desert Tortoise Surveying and Monitoring Outline – Spg2014

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When & Where

Copper Mountain College
Bell Center, Community Room
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

Exploring Nature through Education

The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park is an adult and family education program offering an in-depth exploration of the park’s natural wonders. Learn from highly qualified instructors who are passionate about sharing their expertise, and committed to providing a personal and fun learning experience. The Desert Institute is sponsored by the Joshua Tree National Park Association, and operates with the full endorsement of the National Park Service. Join us this season for an educational adventure.

Field Classes

The Desert Institute offers outdoor field classes for adult learners in cultural history, natural science, survival skills, desert naturalist studies, citizen science, and creative arts. The Desert Institute also offers half day courses for children from 8-13 years and their parents.  Enrollment is open to all, and some courses may be taken for optional university credit. All field programs follow “Leave No Trace” principles to minimize impact on the desert environment, and where necessary, obtain special permits to access certain aspects of Joshua Tree National Park that would otherwise be restricted. Weekend courses ranging from one to three days are scheduled over two class semesters, Fall and Spring. Discounts are available for members of the Joshua Tree National Park Association and Partners in Nature Education.

Custom Programs

Whatever you interest in Joshua Tree National Park, we can design a custom educational program to be a perfect fit for you or your group. Click on the sidebar for program ideas, or contact the Desert Institute for more information.

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