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Any interest in a BugGuide gathering ?

Just putting out a feeler if there is any interest in an event in Virginia at the Massanutten 4 season resort in the coming year ?

Still haven't been able to attend
There haven't been any since I became an active editor. I would definitely be interested!

Please add me
Thanks for starting this!

Date reserved!
I have requested those dates of July 27-29 2018 for the JMU housing. As plans move forward I will let you all know deadlines for reservations, at some point we will have to know how many plan to attend as well as deposits and such. As details become available, I will post them.

 
Excellent!
I’ll be keeping my eyes open for updates!

I am interested in a VA gathering!
And Moth Week sounds like an appropriate date. Thanks for getting this started!

I'm definitely interested
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I would love to attend as well!
Depending on the date, of course, but if I could swing it, I'd be there in a heartbeat. I have no issues with staying in a dorm room, either! I've got plenty of experience with that.

Count me in!
Thank you for putting it together. The Arizona 2013 was a life changer.

JMU room and meal rates
Hi Everyone. Information about on campus housing and meals at JMU as follows: SUMMER CONFERENCE / CAMP RATES
JMU Conference Services / James Madison University


A/C HOUSING*
(Per person/per night)

SINGLE OCCUPANCY $42.00
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY $30.00


MEALS**
(Per person/per day)
MON - SUN

Breakfast $7.60
Lunch $9.47
Dinner $9.78
$26.85 + 7% local meals tax

*HOUSING NOTE: Room rates do not include linen. For optional linen service, a per person charge of $8.00 per week will be assessed. Linen service includes: 2 sheets, 1 pillowcase, 2 towels,1 washcloth. Double towels will be provided for stays greater than four (4) nights. Linens are provided folded in each room (beds are not pre-made). Pillows are provided (free of charge) for each bed; blankets for air-conditioned dorms.

There is a window of availability for the weekend of July 27-29, which happens to be Moth Week! I suggest we make a decision about the venue before that window closes. A staging room will also be available to us, somewhere we can organize equipment if we need it.

 
Take a vote?
Are you signing on to take charge of planning this event? How many commitments would you need to make this a viable venture? How about the scheduling of workshops with "experts" ?
I can put that weekend on my calendar.

 
I will coordinate/plan
I live here, so I am happy to coordinate/plan. I am "trolling" the Biology Department of JMU for any professionals who are interested in participating in the event. We had about 20 folks who attended the last gathering in Virginia, but I am willing to hoist my bug sheets for any number of committed enthusiasts. I would hope that other participants would commit to installing lights, as well.

 
Sorting Hat
I vote that you can wear the Sorting Hat and trust that you will sort it all out. I live in Houston TX and can only give moral support.

My son lives in Fishersville and I participated in a Bike Virginia event in that part of the valley in 2004.

I would also suggest Natural Chimneys as a camping venue

I would love to attend but
Whether I could would depend on the date the gathering was held

I would definitely attend a VA gathering
Plenty of great options to choose from in the Shenandoah Valley area.

Most of the previous gatherings....
Have been at sites that have been very affordable. Not sure if your intention is to actually stay at the resort....that might be a hard sell for most folks as it looks pricey.

 
Places to stay
It might be possible to work through the Biology Dept/Entomology to secure dormitory housing at JMU. This would allow about a 30 drive to the heart of Massanutten Mountain.

 
JMU
Their semester is coming to a close, I will make some calls tomorrow regarding this idea. Also, there are various hotels in the Harrisonburg area, as well as KOA sites. I would like a secure area, open 24 hours for setting up some bug lights, so naturally, I thought of the resort for safety. I have the event coordinator's phone number and will place a call to her, as well. There may be attendees who have time-shares to this resort and would welcome the opportunity to use the resort's wonderful facilities. Lots to do on that site, water park, horseback riding, hiking, golfing, ice skating, to name a few.

 
That would be great....
We stayed in dorm rooms for the Iowa gathering, and that worked out very well.

Massanutten Mountain
Isolated from both the BlueRidge and the Appalachian Mountains by the Shendandoah Valley, Massanutten Mountain offers a unique ecology.

If it happens, I'll do my best to be there. It would be my first.

We're usually happy to go anywhere
Just let us know when :)
Keep trying to figure out how to have one here in Chicago Wilderness, but can't seem to get the right connections. :(

ANY gathering is better than none (as has happened...
...the past 2 years).

I've compiled a map of the gatherings/bug swarms from previous years -- as the first two no longer automatically show in the calendar column. Hopefully putting 'gathering' in the search field will bring up this map. Even though I'd like to see what bugs participants can find somewhere in the Rockies for a gathering....if you can get something planned in VA and get enough interest -- I say go for it.


 
Colorado eventually
I was at the one in the Smokies, and the one in Arizona. I just don't have any money for travel anymore. We will organize one in Colorado in the next couple years, aiming to cover as many elevational biomes as possible.

 
nice map!
Thanks for this compilation.