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21st Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network &

26th Annual Colloquium on the Conservation of Mammals in the Southeastern U.S.

February 18-19, 2016 

Lake Guntersville State Park, 1155 Lodge Drive, Guntersville, Alabama 35976

Join us for the 21st Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network (SBDN Meeting) and 26th Annual Colloquium on the Conservation of Mammals in the Southeastern U.S. (Mammal Colloquium), February 18-19, 2016, in Guntersville, Alabama.  This joint meeting will bring together conservation biologists, private and public land managers, private consultation organizations, educational institutions, citizen scientists, and outdoor enthusiasts across a 16-state region in the Southeast.  Presentations on the latest mammalian conservation and research will be given and discussed.  The Mammal Colloquium will provide a forum for student and professional oral and poster presentations on any topic related to mammals.

Registration: Click here to register!

Student: $50 ($80, after January 21); Non-Student: $80 ($110 after January 21)

Meeting T-shirtsDesigned by Pat Perry, Men’s/Women’s shirt – Gray cotton blend ($15 per shirt).  NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR ORDER.  A few extra t-shirts will be available at the meeting on a first come, first served basis.

 

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Lodging: Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge (http://www.alapark.com/lake-guntersville-state-park): Lodge Rooms: $88.00 (Bluff side – Queen), $75 (Parking lot side – Queen); Chalets (2 Bedroom/1Bath, Full Kitchen): $125/night (2-night minimum). NOTE: Please inform registration that you are with the SBDN meeting to receive these rates and available Chalets/rooms.

2016 Meeting Program

18 Feb (AM) – Spotted Skunk Working Group Meetings/ Field Trip (more information below).

Field Trip

For those of you not planning to attend the Spotted Skunk Cooperative Study Group Meeting (Thursday, Feb 18, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.), the following field trips options have been offered during Thursday morning, by Kate Gribbin, Park Naturalist, Lake Guntersville State Park. Most of the field trips will require driving or carpooling in personal vehicles.  An estimate of field trip duration has been included with each activity. Each field trip would depart at the same time (9:00 a.m.) from the Lodge.  Park staff can provide two simultaneous trips from the options below:

  • 1. Active Eagle’s Nest (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.): The TVA Guntersville Dam offers some great views of an active bald eagle nest, and they will likely have 1-3 eaglets on the nest getting ready to fledge around Feb 18th.  This trip is highly recommended.  The location is about 25 miles from the park, but the nest site is a short walk from a parking area.  Participants are encouraged to dress warmly and bring cameras or binoculars.  Weather you’ve never seen an eagle in the wild or you spot them frequently this trip offers an amazing opportunity to see a family of eagles in their natural habitat. 
  • 2. Waterfowl Tour (9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.): Lake Guntersville has many species of migratory and resident water birds, from waders to dabblers and divers.  We never know what participants will see, and we sometimes call this the “whatever you see tour” as you may see an eagle or deer along the way.  This trip stops at multiple locations around the park and in nearby Guntersville.  Recently we have seen mallards, gadwalls, Canada geese, loons, white pelicans, blue herons, black crowned night herons, ruddy ducks, shovelers, king fishers, and much more.  Our resident waterfowl species are Canada geese, mallards, and wood ducks. 
  • 3. Guided Hike (9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.): The park offers over 30 miles of hiking trails, and I can arrange hikes on varying levels of strenuousness based on the groups interest. The duration of hike and trail selected will determine specific content covered, but typically I will discuss local flora and fauna as well as park history.  Note: Kate would need to know in advance if there is interest in a specific type of hike.
  • 4. High Falls Waterfall and Buck’s Pocket State Park (9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.): High Falls is an impressive waterfall that flows year round, and it is a popular swimming hole during summer months.  High Falls Park is a DeKalb County park that accepts donations, and offers great locations for picnicking, hiking, and history.  There is also a pedestrian bridge crossing the gorge that makes for great photo opportunities.  This park is near Buck’s Pocket State Park, which offers one of the best views in Alabama.  Sometimes eagles may be seen at either park. 

***We will have sign-up sheets for each field trip option at the Registration Desk (Concierge Desk in the Main Lobby of Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge) beginning Wednesday ~4:00 p.m., February 17, 2016.  Kate will make a final decision prior to the 9AM departures on Thursday morning as to what field trip options are selected.  You also may go ahead and let the Local Host Committee (mammalmeeting2016@gmail.com) and Kate (Kate.Gribbin@dcnr.alabama.gov) know in advance of the meeting if you’re interested in attending a field trip (and which one, if you’ve made a decision).  That might help Kate with planning.  If you let us know ahead of time, still plan on signing up at the Registration Desk if possible.

 

18 Feb (PM) – Plenary; SBDN Business Meeting; Social/Poster Session/Silent Auction (Preview already donated items!)

19 Feb – Mammal Colloquium (Breakfast and Lunch Provided)

 

Mammal Colloquium:  We invite all interested parties with research topics involving mammals to present findings in either an oral (Fri) or poster presentation (Thurs PM).  We encourage students, professors, researchers, and policy makers to share their knowledge.

Questions? Contact the local host committee at mammalmeeting2016@gmail.com.

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