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 (a LEED Platinum-certified meeting facility) as well as the old campus of 1930s-era buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. 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.
Registration is now open and we are accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations. In addition to presentations about Gopher Tortoise biology, we welcome presentations on:
The deadline for submitting abstracts is September 1, 2018. Abstracts should be 300 words or less and conform to the general style of Journal of Wildlife Management abstract format (see sample abstract below). The name, affiliation, address, and email of the corresponding author should be provided with the abstract. Please indicate if you wish to present an oral or poster presentation. Student presentation awards are given for the top three student oral presentations at the annual meeting. Please indicate clearly in your abstract if you are an undergraduate or graduate student so that you can be considered for this award. Abstracts must be submitted in MS Word. Please submit abstracts via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presentations will be strictly limited to 15 minutes, including 3-5 minutes for questions. An LCD projector will be provided. Overheads and 35 mm slides are not acceptable. Posters should be no larger than 48” x 36.”
Draining wetlands reduces their hydroperiod and causes a shift in the size structure of the fish community toward smaller and younger fish. Reduced fish size could potentially impact snowy egrets (Egretta thula) if it reduced their net energy intake. We tested the hypothesis........... MAXIMUM 300 WORDS.
Registration options for the 2018 GTC meeting are as follows:
Student $90 ($105 including membership)
Professional $115 ($140 including membership)
Registration costs include on-site refreshment breaks, lunch and dinner on Friday, and Saturday lunch.
The Barn at Paso Fino, Lake Placid $23 – dinner and drinks included
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!
Follow this link to reserve on-site lodging at Archbold Biological Station. Space in the Archbold lodge is limited so book early!
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
We are using Custom Ink for the first time, therefore, you have more shirt choices to pick from. You can choose to have your shirt(s) mailed to you in advance, or select the option to pick it up at the meeting on October 12. The order page will be open until Sept 12. Orders will be shipped soon after Sept 12 and you will receive you order by the end of September.
We will have a shorter online order window during the annual meeting as well, but WON’T be selling T-shirts at the meeting.
For more information contact Betsie Rothermel, GTC Co-chair and host for this year’s meeting (863-465-2571 ext. 231; email@example.com). Hope to see you all in October!