The 2018 annual meeting will be held at Archbold Biological Station, located on the southern end of the Lake Wales Ridge in south-central Florida. Except for the Saturday night social and awards dinner, all activities will take place at the Station, utilizing the Frances Archbold Hufty Learning Center. The unique field station setting will provide plenty of opportunities to unwind and experience the stunning biodiversity of the surrounding Florida scrub ecosystem. See www.archbold-station.org for more information about the meeting location.
As I’m sure you’re all aware, Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall on the panhandle of Florida on Wednesday. This will undoubtedly disrupt travel plans for many of you. However, at this point we are going ahead with the meeting, considering at least 60% of the registered attendees are coming from areas that are not going to be directly affected by the storm.
Neither Archbold nor GTC have made any decisions yet about issuing refunds to those who cannot attend due to the hurricane. Rest assured we will do what we can, recognizing the need to cover costs of food and other meeting expenses that have already been incurred. If you know that you can no longer attend, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org and cc email@example.com. We especially need to hear from any presenters as soon as possible.
We should have a better idea of possible changes to the meeting schedule by Wednesday and will be sure to keep you informed. In the meantime, good luck to all of you now prepping for this major hurricane. We’re keeping you in our thoughts.
Unfortunately, we have had to close registration early because we have reached maximum capacity for the facility. We apologize to those who we cannot accomodate.
Every meeting attendee must register as a visitor to Archbold Biological Station no later than Sept. 28th. This Archbold registration form also allows you to reserve on-site lodging and sign up for your choice of nature walks on Friday morning.
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!
Driving directions to Archbold
Holiday Inn Express 863-465-9916 (standard room $89 plus tax, suite $99 plus tax; block of rooms guaranteed until Sept. 14) – 10 mi from ABS at 608 S. Lakeview Rd
Ramada Inn 863-465-3133 ($69 plus tax) – 7 mi from ABS at 2165 US Hwy 27 South
Online booking is unavailable. Be sure to mention Gopher Tortoise Council to receive these discounted rates.
Lake Placid Camp Resort (863-465-2934) – 8 mi from ABS at 1801 US Hwy 27 South
Fisheating Creek Outpost (863-675-5999) – 19 mi from ABS in Palmdale
Thank you to everyone who already ordered t-shirts through CustomInk and especially those who made additional donations. Your support is much appreciated!
We will be re-opening the fundraiser for another 4 weeks starting this Friday, Sept. 21. T-shirts ordered during this time will be printed and shipped directly to you after Oct. 19.
Click here to order t-shirts from Sept 21-Oct 19.
For more information contact Betsie Rothermel, GTC Co-chair and host for this year’s meeting (863-465-2571 ext. 231; firstname.lastname@example.org). Hope to see you all in October!