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February 14, 2006
Kristin Berry 951-697-5361
Gloria Maender 520-670-5596

Desert Tortoise Issues Bring Researchers and Managers to Tucson

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What are the issues desert tortoises face, and what has been learned and accomplished?

A symposium that focuses on the issues, research and management of the desert tortoise in the deserts of the southwestern United States and Mexico.

U.S. Geological Survey scientists join the Desert Tortoise Council at the 31st Annual Meeting and Symposium of the Desert Tortoise Council, with an attendance of more than 200 expected. Land managers and scientists from federal, state, university and nongovernmental organizations will participate. Sessions include:

For a second consecutive year, the symposium will be held in Tucson, Arizona, at the Hotel Arizona, 181 West Broadway.

February 17-20, 2006. 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. - 4:30 p.m.; social mixer and buffet at 5:30 p.m., followed by featured evening speaker and awards. Sunday sessions, 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Note: The Symposium website is:

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