28th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network and 33rd Annual Colloquium on the Conservation of Mammals in the Southeastern U.S.

March 8th-10th, 2023

Red Wolf Convention Center, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro Arkansas

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT
We invite you to join us for the 28th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network and 33rd Colloquium on the Conservation of Mammals in the Southeastern United States to be held March 8th-10th, 2023 at Red Wolf Convention Center on the Campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro Arkansas. The meetings will bring together biologists, private and public land managers, private consultation organizations, educational institutions, and citizen scientists from across the Southeast.

Registration:

Register online at https://sbdn.org/shop/2023-annual-meeting/

Student: $85 ($95, after February 15); Professional: $145 ($185, after February 15)
*Cost of registration this year includes lunches on Thursday and Friday and Dinner during the Poster Session, there will also be heavy hors d’oeuvres served at the Wednesday Social*

Lodging:

CONFERENCE SITE: Embassy Suites by Hilton Jonesboro Red Wolf Convention Center, 223 Red Wolf Blvd, Jonesboro, Arkansas, 72405, USA. Blocked room rates are $129/night, parking is free. There is a free buffet breakfast and complimentary evening reception included. Individuals can call in their reservations 1-870-619-4482. Please be sure to call this number when making reservations and refer to Southeastern Bat Diversity Network Conference to secure this special group rate.

CLOSEST ALTERNATIVE: 5 minute drive -2.3 miles. Courtyard by Marriott Jonesboro; 4811 E Johnson Ave, Jonesboro, AR 72401 — (870) 206-9500 https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/jbrcy-courtyard-jonesboro/overview/?scid=f2ae0541-1279-4f24-b197-a979c79310b0

Program Overview: A tentative schedule is posted below.

Plenary Session: Our plenary session will promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our profession. Planning is still underway!

Mammal Colloquium: We invite all interested parties with research topics involving mammals to present findings in either a poster (Thursday PM) or oral (Friday) presentation. We encourage students, professors, researchers, and policy makers to share their knowledge.
Instructions for submitting abstracts and guidelines for poster presentations are provided in this meeting announcement.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2023 – FIELD TRIPS AND WELCOME SOCIAL

3:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. Registration

3:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. Sponsor/Exhibitor Setup/Display

3:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m. Field Trips, please register, Arkansas BioSciences Institute (research facility) or Arkansas Center for Biodiversity Collections – home of the national red wolf, Canis rufus, curation)

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. SBDN Executive Committee Meeting

6:30 p.m.– 9:30 p.m. Welcome Social at A-State Cooper Alumni Center walking distance from conference hotel – 2600 Alumni Blvd, Jonesboro, AR 72401. (Pre-Registration Required)

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2023 – SBDN AND ASSOCIATED MEETINGS

7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Registration

7:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sponsor/Exhibitor Setup/Display

8:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m. Various Working Group Meetings (TBD) 8:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m. Possible Vendor Workshops (TBD) 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Lunch Provided

2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. PLENARY SESSION

3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. SBDN Business Meeting 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Poster Setup

6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Social (Dinner Provided), Poster Session, Silent Auction

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2023 – COLLOQUIUM ON THE CONSERVATION OF MAMMALS

7:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Registration

8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Oral Presentations (Concurrent A) 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Oral Presentations (Concurrent B) 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Oral Presentations (Concurrent A) 10:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Oral Presentations (Concurrent B) 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Lunch Provided

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Oral Presentations (Concurrent A) 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Oral Presentations (Concurrent B) 4:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Break

4:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Awards, Announcements, Close

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

 

The Mammal Colloquium provides a forum for student and professional oral and poster presentations on any topic related to mammals. We invite interested parties to present findings in either a poster (Thursday) or oral (Friday) presentation. We encourage students, researchers, and policy-makers to share their knowledge. This is an excellent opportunity to present preliminary or final research findings before a large group of professional mammalogists that can provide feedback and insight into your studies and results. It is also a great opportunity for students to meet and interact with potential employers in both state and federal governments, academia, non-profit organizations, and environmental consulting companies. Please follow the instructions below for submitting abstracts and preparing poster presentations.

 

The deadline for abstract submittal is February 15, 2023.

 

Note: All oral and poster presenters must register for the meeting. Register online at https://sbdn.org/shop/2023-annual-meeting/.

STUDENT AWARDS

Awards will be given for Best Oral Bat Presentation, Best Oral Non-Bat Presentation, and Best Overall Poster Presentation. Student awards are given at the close of the meeting. To be eligible, indicate “Yes” when you submit your abstract.

 

EXAMPLE ABSTRACT

Presentation Type: Poster

Presenter Status: Student

Presenter’s E-mail: student@school.edu

 

HIGH-ELEVATION OBSERVATIONS OF LONG-TAILED WEASEL AND EASTERN CHIPMUNK IN THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS

 

  1. M. Moser*, C. A. Diggins, and W. M. Ford

Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24060 (AMM and CAD); Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, USGS, Blacksburg, VA 24060 (WMF)

 

Observations of Long-tailed Weasel (Mustela frenata) are rare within the southern Appalachians, while observations of Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus) in high-elevation spruce-fir forests are uncommon. We conducted camera trap surveys at Roan Mountain Highlands in Red Spruce (Picea rubens) – Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri) forest during summer 2016. During the survey, we observed a Long-tailed Weasel at 1893 m in elevation and an Eastern Chipmunk at 1703 m in elevation. These are the highest elevation records for both species in the eastern United States outside of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the highest elevation record for Long-tailed Weasel in North Carolina.

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPARING AND SUBMITTING ABSTRACTS

         SUBMIT ABSTRACTS: https://astate.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1888906

Abstract submittal deadline is February 15, 2023. Abstracts should be <300 words and include the study justification, objectives, brief methods, summarized results, and discussion of results. Abstracts should be submitted via the link above using A-State InfoReady. You will need to make an account using the email address you use for SBDN registration and a password you will remember. For questions about abstract submission, email Kari Harris (kharris@astate.edu).

 

All oral presentations must be on Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple Keynote, or Adobe PDF. If you are using PowerPoint, please be sure all photos, graphics, and videos are included in one folder with your presentation. Presentations brought to the meeting must be on a flash drive.

 

A total of 15 minutes will be allotted for oral presentations. Plan your talk to be 12-13 minutes to allow time for questions. Your presentation time will be specified in the meeting agenda that will be sent to registrants prior to the meeting.

 

Follow the guidelines below for preparing posters

 

  • Overall size should be no larger than 36 x 48 inches
  • Should be readable from a distance of 2 m
  • Title should be capitalized with lettering in 72-point font
  • Authors and affiliations should be in upper- and lower-case in 42-point font
  • Text lettering should be at least 18-point font
  • Most posters should include the following sections: Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusions, Literature Cited

Keep written text to a minimum. “Bullets” and short phrases are most effective