A Big THANKS to Our 2019 Meeting Sponsors



                                                                       NATIONAL FORESTS IN ALABAMA       


Registration Information

Registration is now open for the 41st Annual Gopher Tortoise Council Meeting.

The theme for this year’s meeting is “Thinking outside the burrow: Conserving the iconic gopher tortoise through partnerships, habitat management and research” to be held at The Lodge at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Alabama from November 15-17, 2019.

Click HERE for the Meeting Program.

Click HERE for Presentation Abstracts.




Registration costs include on-site refreshment breaks, Friday night social (2 beer/wine drink tickets… a cash bar will also be available), and Sunday field trip.

Registration options for the 2019 Annual GTC meeting are as follows:

  • Regular (after Oct. 28):
    Student $115.00 ($130.00 including membership)
    Professional $160.00 ($185.00 including membership)

    GTC Annual Meeting Registration

  • Saturday, November 16th Poster Session & Awards Dinner (The Lodge at Gulf State Park) $25.00 – includes dinner and 1-hour open bar (after which a cash bar will be available).

    Pre-registration for the Awards dinner is CLOSED.  We will have a limited number of dinner tickets available at registration (first come first serve).

  • Sunday, November 17th Tour de Park (Bicycle Ride Field Trip):  Gators, Gopher Tortoises, Eagles and much more! November is a beautiful time of year to experience one of Alabama’s most treasured gems - Gulf State Park!  Join Gulf State Park’s Naturalist, Kelly Reetz and DWFF, Wildlife Biologist Roger Clay, for a guided leisurely 7-mile bike ride around the park on paved trails where we have planned stops to learn about the park, Native American History, and many wildlife species that call this area home. Pre-registration is REQUIRED at the registration desk as space is limited to 30 people.

    Details: Field Trip is approximately 3 hours beginning at the Camp Store, located in the campground. Weather Permitting.  Please dress accordingly for this activity by wearing comfortable layers and closed toed shoes. Don’t forget your water bottle! We need to stay hydrated… even in the fall! If you already have planned to bring your own bike, that is fine too! We look forward to showcasing and teaching you about the rich and beautiful diversity found in this area!

GTC Membership

Please don’t forget to renew your membership or become a member of the GTC if you are not including it in your registration fees! See http://www.gophertortoisecouncil.org/support/


Follow this link https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/P/PNSLGHH-GTC-20191114/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG to reserve on-site lodging at The Lodge at Gulf State Park. The Lodge at Gulf State Park will fill up fast so book early!

The Lodge at Gulf State Park is a Hilton property for those who are Hilton Honors members. We obtained a reduced room rate of $125 per night (plus taxes and fees) but you must reserve a room before October 22 to receive the reduced rate. The Lodge at Gulf State Park will honor the reduced room rate 2 days prior to the meeting and 2 days after the meeting for those who want to increase their stay at the beautiful Alabama coast. 

Driving directions to The Lodge at Gulf State Park:

There are several other hotels available in the Gulf Shores area if The Lodge at Gulf State Park fills up.

The nearest campground is the ADCNR Gulf State Park Campground which offers camp sites, cabins and cottages. To make online reservations follow the link at https://www.alapark.com/gulf-state-park. Phone: 251.948.7275. Address: 20115 State Highway 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542. BOOK EARLY as camp sites, cabins and cottages fill up fast and many months in advance.


  • Dining – The Lodge at Gulf State Park offers on site dining options. Breakfast and lunch each day are on your own and are not included in your meeting registration fee. Dining options include:
    • Food Craft serves freshly prepared cuisine utilizing sustainable, locally sourced ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Friday breakfast buffet 6:30am – 11:00am and Saturday and Sunday brunch buffet 7:00am – 2:00pm. Lunch hours are 11:00am – 2:00pm for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    • Roasted Oak Coffee and Wine Bar is a modern café bar, located in the main lobby of The Lodge. Enjoy a selection of locally crafted coffees, infused teas, house-baked breakfast goods and light lunch offerings. In the evening, Roasted Oak transforms into a local wine bar featuring a carefully selected wines, craft beers and lite bites. Open daily 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
    • Perch is open for dinner only 4:00pm – 11:00pm.
  • The Lodge at Gulf State Park is a smoke free property. You are not permitted to smoke in any area on the property including (but not limited to) balconies and parking lot.
  • Parking – there is a $5.00 a day (plus tax) self-parking fee. Valet parking is also available at $10.00 a day.
  • WiFi/Internet – there is a $6.00 a day (plus tax) WiFi fee.

Additional Information

TWS Certified Wildlife Biologist® continuing education credits will be available.


For more information contact Ericha Nix, GTC Co-chair and host for this year’s meeting (334.242.3862; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Hope to see you all in November!