April 10 is Gopher Tortoise Day! In Alabama, gopher tortoises are state and federally protected and found in 23 counties in the lower third of the state. In their range, gopher tortoises are frequently encountered in neighborhoods, along roadways and on many private and public lands. Several events are planned around Gopher Tortoise Day this year, and we have resources to help you plan your own event. If you just want to learn more about this important species, and you'll find the resources just as beneficial.