Annual Meeting

40th Annual Gopher Tortoise Council Meeting

Archbold Biological Station, Lake Placid, FL

October 12-14, 2018

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 for more information about the meeting location.

Click here for the Meeting Program. Abstracts for the oral presentations are available here.

Hurricane Michael Update

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 and cc 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.

Registration is Closed

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.

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!


Driving directions to Archbold

Lodging at Archbold is full. The following hotels have discounted group rates in Lake Placid:

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.

The nearest campgrounds are:

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

Conference T-shirts

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.

More Information

For more information contact Betsie Rothermel, GTC Co-chair and host for this year’s meeting (863-465-2571 ext. 231; Hope to see you all in October!