Monday, March 05, 2012

The 2012 GLOM and NE DSA Regional Meeting!

I plan on being there, and hopefully, some of you other folks in Michigan will also attend. Make sure that you have a US Passport.

2012 Northeast Regional DSA Meeting and Great Lakes Odonata Meeting
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario 6–8 July

Colin Jones , Bryan Pfeiffer < bryan@dailywing.net > and Bob DuBois

The 2012 Northeast Regional Meeting of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas will be combined with the annual Great Lakes Odoanta Meeting (GLOM) and will be held in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario from Friday evening, 6 July to Sunday, 8 July. A block of 20 non-smoking rooms with two double beds have been reserved at the Super 8 (184 Great Northern Rd, Hwy 17 North, Sault Ste Marie) at $85/night (plus 13% tax) for the nights of July 6, 7 and 8. Each room also contains a mini-fridge and the hotel offers a free continental-style breakfast. These rooms will be held until 1 June provided the block is not filled. To reserve your room, call the motel directly at 1-705-254-6441 and mention the “Dragonfly Society”. For anyone arriving early or staying later, they will honor the same rate.

Other nearby hotels include: Comfort Inn (333 Great Northern Road, Sault Ste. Marie, Tel: 705-759-8000); Comfort Suites and Conference Centre (229 Great Northern Road, Sault Ste. Marie, Tel: 705-942-2500); Algoma’s Water Tower Inn (360 Great Northern Road, Sault Ste. Marie, Tel: 705-949-8111); and, for the budget-minded there are three options: Catalina Motel (259 Great Northern Road, Tel: 705-945-9260); Skyline Motel (232 Great Northern Road, Tel: 705-942-1240); and the Northlander Motel (243 Great Northern Road, Tel: 705-254-6452).

If participants do not want to drive all the way to Sault Ste. Marie they could fly to the Sault Ste Marie Airport, Ontario (http://www.saultairport.com) or the Chippewa County Internatinoal Aiport, Sault Saint Marie, Michigan (http://www.airciu.com) and rent a car or make other transportation arrangements to get to the Super 8. Keep in mind that participants from the U.S. will require a valid passport.

There are many excellent locations around Sault Ste. Marie that should provide many different habitats (both sandy-bottomed and cobble-bottomed rivers, lakes, ponds, peatlands) for exploration. Although some of the major rivers in the area, such as the Goulais and Batchewana, are relatively well known from an Odonata perspective, much of the surrounding area has had little coverage and this meeting will certainly add a wealth of knowledge to our understanding of the biodiversity of this beautiful part of Ontario.

Species of interest that we expect to encounter include Subarctic Bluet (Coenagrion interrogatum), Ocellated Darner (Boyeria grafiana), several species of Somatoclora including, among others, Lake Emerald (S. cingulata), Delicate Emerald (S. franklini) and Ocellated Emerald (S. minor). The rivers in this area are great for snaketails (Ophiogomphus) including Extra-striped (O. anomalous), Boreal (O. colubrinus), Rusty (O. rupinsulensis) and possibly Riffle (O. carolus).

The details of a post-meeting trip further north (possibly to Manitouwadge – 260 miles/420 km north from Sault Ste. Marie) are still being worked on but target species could include early Aeshna including Sedge Darner (Aeshna juncea), Ringed Emerald (Somatochlora albicincta), Broad-tailed Shadowdragon (Neurocordulia michaeli) and possibly Canada Whiteface (Leucorrhinia patricia). Chances are also good that somebody may get Ontario’s first Quebec Emerald (Somatochlora brevicincta) – long overdue!

A web site providing information on registration, accommodation, meeting schedule, regional information, and species lists for various locations will be posted by mid-March at: < http://www.wingsenvironmental.com/nedsa2012/ >.
Organizers: Colin Jones, Bryan Pfeiffer and Bob DuBois

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