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BugGuide Gathering in Idaho 2024?

This year has proven to be difficult for me to successfully coordinate an event. With that said, I would like to know who would be interested in a BugGuide Gathering NEXT year (2024) in Kootenai County Idaho which is near the Couer D'Alene Reservation and Idaho Panhandle National Forests. There are only 3 lep records here at BugGuide for that county - 1 moth, 1 butterfly, 1 skipper, beetles faired a little better with a whopping 10 reports. That county seems to be under-reported, yet there are some interesting habitats. Couer D'Alene is less than 40 miles from Spokane, WA.

Info on lodging
FYI-a block of 20 rooms has been set aside for BugGuide Gathering at the Couer D'Alene Casino Resort, the Mountain Lodge Hotel. Each participant will reserve their space by calling 800-523-2464 and mentioning either BugGuide Gathering or booking ID 11855. The rate is $110.46 per night for July 24th and 25th and $127.46 per night for July 26th and 27th. In order to retain these discount rates, 10 rooms must be booked. These rates are very competitive with venues farther away from tribal lands for this time of year, Idaho's peak tourist season. Also, there are restaurant options on site. The deadline for booking is June 20, 2024. We, as a group, have agreed to conduct ourselves in cooperation with the tribe to their benefit. Please make your reservations here as we are a group of visitors to their tribal lands. In coming weeks, I will work with John to establish a registration link.

Amateur from Manitoba, Canada
I have been watching the Events chain for a couple years now, looking for a compatible gathering. I am thinking of coming for the Idaho gathering in 2024, if i would be allowed as a gross amateur! I would love to meet some of the First Nations participants and other entomologists and naturalists and watch and learn and hopefully fill in some species distribution holes with my own photography. I would drive in from Montana or British Columbia and stay locally if possible.

you are welcome
Please, join us. I am but an amateur myself and am enriched with each BG Gathering I attend. I have learned much about the insects, of course, but also how to improve on my own photography skills.

equipment note
FYI - I learned from the experience with the wind in New Mexico and have modified my sheeting system. In Idaho, the sheet will secured top and bottom, we may not be as fortunate on tribal lands to have a fence nearby.

research permit approved
The Coeur d'Alene tribe has approved our application for the BugGuide Gathering 2024 to be held on the tribal lands in Kootenai and Benewah Counties of Idaho. I have agreed to the following understanding on behalf of our group. Please take a moment to read our responsibilities as researchers on these tribal lands.

Research is the pursuit of knowledge, and is a sacred undertaking. Thus, it is the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s expectation that research conducted within our homeland is done so with respect for all members of our community, including people, plants, animals, water and land; that it is done with reciprocity, understanding its benefits to both the researcher and our community; that the researcher does so through relationship in our community that embraces and upholds the five pillars; and that the researcher carries the responsibility of ensuring that his or her research is conducted in an ethical way that benefits the Coeur d’Alene people.

For researchers conducting research on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation, it is essential to understand the beliefs and vision of the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Community. Since time immemorial, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe has been guided by its core values, articulated today in the Tribe’s Five Pillars:

t’u’lschint: (Membership:) Capable, decent, moral, ‘a good person’, a
good citizen in your family, tribal, local and world community. A
responsible, accountable and informed citizen in all spheres of
relationship. t'u'lschint can be translated as, 'capable, decent, moral, a good person.'
Snmiypnqwiln ( Scholarship): Life-long, holistic learning with ideas
rooted in tribal values, self-determination, self-government and
sovereignty that produces deep knowledge to understand the world and
meaningful application within the community.
‘ats’ qhnt’ wesh (Stewardship): To care for all things with integrity,
responsibility, accountability and social awareness in all spheres of life, human, animals, natural resources, and the cosmos, looking at each other from the heart.
hngwa’ yqn; hnshat’ qn (Guardianship): To protect our tribal ways of
knowing and being through the protection, care and responsibility for
our people, natural resources, culture, history, traditions, language and spirituality.
chsnpa’silgwesn (Spirituality): Faith from which the Creator reveals the connection between all life. It unites the space between the past, present, and future through the peoples, environment, and land; and is rooted within the ceremonies from which the Tribe celebrates those

The tribe understands in entering this sacred trust of sharing with us that not all of the insects we encounter can be reasonably identified by a photograph and that some collection of insects will be necessary to aid in identification. If any published work arises from activities related to the BugGuide Gathering, the tribe holds the authority to preview such work before its publishing.

This is a good opportunity for us to fill in the gaps in our reports for those two counties, as well as for new discoveries.

Registration and further information will be up in the next couple of months.

update on progress
Hi everyone. I have applied for the "research permit" with the Coeur d'Alene tribe. The process takes a few weeks to months to complete. Also, I have blocked off 20 rooms for our group at the hotel which is found on tribal lands for July 24-27, 2024 at their best price. Details will be forthcoming.

swarm 2024 in Idaho
Marcia, I'm interested, but cannot commit fully at this time. Keep me in the loop of information. I'm wondering if most folks plan to drive or fly. Annette P in Louisiana

I am renting a car and driving from Virginia so that I can bring sheeting, lights and generators, etc. I also plan to continue on to Washington after the event. It is my hope to fly to Alaska for a 3 day tour of Denali, then drive down the Washington/Oregon coast after a visit with my family in Washington then head home. If you prefer to fly in for the event, I suggest you fly into Spokane and rent a car, maybe the car rental can be shared among other attendees?!

BG Gathering in ID update
I am working with the Department of Fish and Wildlife on the Couer d'Alene Reservation. They have an interest in hosting our BugGuide Gathering 2024. Some of you have already expressed and interest in an Idaho gathering. I am confident that we will have the permit needed to conduct day and night activities on the tribal lands. There is a casino on the reservation in which we would be closer to habitats that will be of interest to us than hotels in the city of Couer d'Alene. I am just in the planning stages but would like to know how many are now interested in bioblitz of Kootenai County, ID on the protected tribal lands to assist in reserving a block of rooms. This event would coincide with National Moth Week, July 2024.

Idaho 2024
I am interested in Idaho 2024.

Sounds amazing!
Count me in!

Idaho 2024
I am interested in Idaho 2024.

Idaho gathering
Count the Allens in for Idaho

Count me in or Idaho if the date is between Mid May and late July. Of course, I could retire and the dates wouldn't matter. Hope to see some of you in July in Louisiana at the Allen's place.

There is a key
to the horse flies and deer flies of Idaho:

Thank you!
Nice key.