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Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

BugGuide Swarm summer 2011 at Iowa State University

Fellow BugGuiders, I propose a BG get-together at our spiritual home at Ames, Iowa. It would be a great chance to see some prairie species, and to meet up with our human friends from BugGuide. The idea would be to stay in the Iowa State dorms, eat some meals at their food service, and travel in vans to field locations.

I had a blast at the Minnesota and Tennessee meetings, and in fact we all had so much fun I would suggest at least three nights for those who can stay that long.

The Des Moines airport is close, for those who may be flying.

I mentioned this to John VanDyk and he likes the idea, but I have promised I/we will do the adminstrative work of arranging lodgings, etc. This is assuming that people like the idea of meeting this summer in Iowa.

If people do, perhaps those who are familiar with the northern prairies could suggest an ideal time for flowers blooming, etc.

What do people think?


UPDATE: 2011 Gathering details are at this link

UPDATE: Copying John Pearson's posting here to get it to the top of the page:

Iowa BG Gathering: July 29-31, 2011
We have a date: July 29-31, 2011

We have a place: Ames, Iowa based on the Iowa State University campus with numerous outlying field trip sites.

We have a start-up organizing committee: John VanDyk, MJ Hatfield, Stephen Cresswell, and me. As the effort progresses, this core group will undoubtedly grow into a larger team with recruitment of additional experts, coordinators, trip leaders, quartermasters, partners, and volunteers. A principle guiding our planning is keeping costs down as the key to getting a good turnout. We recognize that many potential participants will have to fly, adding to their costs, and others will bring spouse and children, also adding to the cost. We are exploring several aspects of the event (with details to follow in future postings), including:

Housing and meals - On-campus housing in the Friley Hall dormitory with meals at the nearby Student Union are an option. Numerous motels, campgrounds, and restaurants are also available. Details will be announced in future updates.

Transportation - As we get closer to the event, we will get a count of how many participants will be bringing cars; if sufficient, we could simply carpool to field trip sites. On the other hand, reasonably priced rental vans would be nice, allowing participants to relax and interact more readily and would be more eco-friendly than long caravans of cars. Preliminary estimates for renting vans for the weekend come to about $20 per seat. We will explore these options further and get back to you with more information.

Banquet - We are exploring the possibility of a group dinner on Friday or Saturday evening at the Reiman Gardens in Ames. It is too early to estimate costs at this moment, but we will follow up on this idea and get back to you in future updates.

Field trip sites - There are nearly 150 public conservation sites within a 30-mile radius of Ames, representing a diversity of habitats including forest, prairie, wetlands, and streams. We are in the process of developing maps, descriptions, and suggested routes for field visits. Additionally, we want to organize pre-Gathering and post-Gathering field trips around the perimeter of Iowa so that participants driving from other states can experience special places too far from Ames to be visited during the Gathering itself; possibilities include the Loess Hills of western Iowa , the "Driftless Area" blufflands of northeast Iowa, and other locations yet to be nominated.

We are excited about the Iowa BG Gathering and hope you will consider coming. Please contact us with your ideas, suggestions, and comments! --John Pearson

BugGuide Gathering 2011 - Quinn photos
Pix by taxa

Pix by location

Pix of participants

(Links of my pix have been posted several other places, but was asked to post them here as well.)

I had a really great time and wanna sincerely thank everyone who worker hard to make BugGuide Gathering 2011 such a huge success!!

great photos!
I wish I could have been there - it looks like fun.

Well Done
You are The Mighty Quinn

Meet and Greet on Friday
Where is the Meet and Greet on Friday? Building and room number?

Meet and greet and field trips start from Reiman Gardens, just south of the ISU Stadium. Go in the main entrance and keep going straight. Follow the smell of coffee.

Details are being added on the Schedule page and the rest of the Gathering site. Lots of info was added today, and we hope to have everything worked out and posted by Tuesday night.

Prairie field trips
Just added three field trip routes focused on prairie to the Field Trip section of the BugGuide sister site.

Will all of us be able to collect?
based on: Arrange permission to visit and collect on public conservation areas in the 9-county region. Done for CCB and DNR, request pending with ACE. -JP

Vast majority of sites we will be visiting are owned and/or managed by County Conservation Boards (CCB) or Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which have granted their permissions for collecting associated with the BugGuide Gathering. Land managers are interested in seeing the postings of identified photographs during and in the days and weeks following the event. Usually they don't receive that kind of feedback!

This reminds me to ask you to please include the names of the places (parks, preserves, wildlife areas, whatever) on your postings. That will greatly increase the value of the postings to the agencies. Thanks in advance!

Great, thanks.
You might want to check with Mike B. In TN he had everyone add certain verbiage with their photo submissions to allow him to do a search and ran a report.

Photo submissions
Three labeling conventions will be very helpful to us as you post photos stemming from the Iowa BugGuide Gathering:

1) In the Remarks field, please insert the text "gathering_2011" somewhere in this field. Mike Boone indicates this will enable searching for postings related to the event.

2) In the City/Location field, please include the name of the place where the photo was taken, such as "Anderson Conservation Area" as in this example. To obtain place names, you can variously ask your friendly tour guides, watch for entrance signs, consult maps available at the event, scan the field trips section of the BG sister site, or contact me if all else fails. The land managers whose sites you will be visiting will be very grateful for your labels.

3) Filling in the County field would also be helpful, but understandly less obvious to out-of-state visitors. We can always backfill that for you after your submission (IF you have identified a placename as in #2), but the more you can remember to fill in yourself, the better! For your reference, the field trips section of the BG sister site has names of sites within counties.

Aquatics field trips
Just posted notice of two field trips to aquatic sites on the Field Trips section of the sister site. Related to this, Stephen Cresswell reports that Greg Courtney has graciously agreed to do an aquatic photography workshop, which will be after a trip to an aquatic habitat so that he will have live insects to demonstrate with; exact details still being arranged.

We will also be posting other field trips to a variety of sites, so stay tuned to this station!

Where (and when) do we meet up? Reiman gardens or somewhere else? If we are late for a field trip how do we find out who went where? Is there more information that I am missing?

More information coming shortly
Harlan, we are in the process of nailing down meeting places and will post those on the "2011 meeting companion site" shortly. We'll also provide at least one cell phone number for any late arrivals who want to meet up with a trip.

Looking FWD to attending...
Will be there for the duration. Mike

Only a couple of weeks to go, this is getting exciting!

Looking forward to meeting you and everyone else!

Thursday evening field trip
Anyone arriving on Thursday is invited to attend an evening field trip to Doolittle Prairie State Preserve, a remnant of wet tallgrass prairie just north of Ames. This is a monthly tour of the site led by Lloyd Crim (a "spider guy", among other talents) for the Iowa Prairie Network and the Story County Conservation Board.

The tour begins at 7:00 PM at the preserve. The prairie is located north of Ames and south of Story City; from I-35 take Exit 123 (Roland and E18) then go west on E18 for ½ mile – turn south on 560th Ave (a gravel road) and go about 1.5 miles – the prairie will be on the west side (right) – there is a Doolittle sign near the road and a long lane that goes west to the preserve and a parking lot. Directions are also available on the "Field Trips" section of the sister site.

Field trip locations
I just added a weblinked list of field trip sites in the 9-county area centered on Ames to the Field Trips section of the BugGuide Gathering sister site. These maps and descriptions will enable you to peruse the range of available places ahead of the event and help you to narrow your selections. If you have an interest in visiting certain places, please let us know and we will organize a group outing there if others want to see it as well.

BugGuide 2011 Gathering website
There is now a sister website to BugGuide for planning the 2011 Gathering:

BugGuide 2011 Gathering Website

If you are attending, or even just considering attending, please go to that website and follow the instructions there so that we can get better estimates of who is coming!

How to?
How do we edit the information we put into the 2011 Gathering website concerning attendance? Sorry, I couldn't figure it out.

After signing into the sister website
..I can click on the Edit tab - and then the Gathering Details tab to make changes.

I tried following these instructions, but don't seem to see the things described in the instructions. I don't see an Edit Tab. I see a "Your Account", but not a "My Account" link in the upper right corner after logging in.

What am I missing here

Never mind :)
I finally saw there was a different login location

I'm coming.
I went to the sister website but found no way to fulfill the requests. I am one person and will drive. I'll probably come on the 28th and leave on the 1st. I have so much to learn I'll bring boxes of specimens and many questions. No events planned yet? -Daniel

Did you try this? After you click on the 'sister website'
click on Create Account....then Gathering Details .... then click on the 'Edit' tab (there are 2 tabs View & Edit).

The Zito family is IN
Joe will be there, as will our insect-loving children. I will wrangle said children so they will not disturb others. But, honestly, our son at age 10 is one of the best insect spotters this side of the Mississippi.
Ames is a great place, and I agree with other posters that Iowa has TONS of interesting bug people.

A ten year old guy? There will be someone else with my kind of attention span! I'm looking forward to finally meeting everybody.

I see the dates are July 29-31. Are people traveling in on the 28th or the 29th? Traveling out on the 31st or the 1st? We are thinking that for us it is so far to travel that we wanted to be there the full 3 days, so would do our traveling on the 28th and the 1st. Anyone else?

Where are people staying? We would like to be near the rest of the group.

I'm out this year...
Spending my "naturalist vacation" money to go to Florida for the beetle round-up in June. Hoping I can make the BG Swarm next year, though!

Travel dates
John, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I believe it would be best for people to travel on the 28th and the 1st as you say, thus getting at the least three full days. Certainly anyone coming for more than three days would have lots of great sites to visit, and probably a few BugGuide companions even on the non-official days.

I am asking the Ames folks if dorm space may be available; some may prefer to camp, though since I am flying I don't want to camp. I'll write more shortly...

Sounds good.
I'm still in for sure.

At this point
I don't think I can make it this year. I'm saving my days off for trips home to MT and the one trip to the AAS Meeting. It's a hard choice because I think it will be a great gathering, esp. since it's at Iowa State. I learned a lot from the 2009 gathering, and I wish I could attend them all.

Same here, unfortunately :(
I'm saving my time and pennies to visit the eldest daughter in West Hollywood. I'm going to make it to one of these gatherings--just not this one.

Looks like a real possibility
I've got friends along the way in Detroit and Gary IN, so as long as I can swing the time, I'll hop in the car and head west!

things aren't looking good for me being able to go. my dad looked up price of plane tickets and the cheapest flight to Iowa is no less than $500. That's from Logan in Boston. My parents said No Way am I going to be able to fly out there. It's just too expensive. What are you guys paying???

I see flights on AA from BOS to DSM for $220

Air Fare
$200 from DFW

I'm driving
That's the plan at least.

If I can make it
I'm driving too.

Long trip
Two long days in the car each way is too much for me.

It is a long drive
The trip would be a 20 hour drive and probably be too tiring. I'd have to leave at 2:00am and arrive around 10:00pm. So maybe I'd have to rethink the idea of driving.

I found under $300 from Philly
I looked on for flights from Philly and the range was $290 to $600.

$300 from Pittsburgh
Last time I checked, flights were about $300 from Pittsburgh, so I plan to fly to Des Moines.

count me in
Finally a gathering in my backyard...I am only 3 hours away!!!! Yipeee, can't wait to meet everyone. I made a recent trip to Ames in February, met one of the entomology professors and took a tour of Reiman will be so much better in July!

Can't wait to meet you :)

I'm in if I can afford it!
I'm putting my tax refund in the "Iowa or Bust" fund...if I can save up enough money I am DEFINITELY going to come!

I hope one day you all have a Bug Guide meeting more south.
I hope one day you all have a Bug Guide meeting more south, like Georgia, or South Carolina or Florida. I can't imagine alot of interesting insects in Iowa.

North CArolina
is full of insects!!

2008 was in Tennessee
So far we've had one in MN, one in TN, one in WA, and now this one in IA.

so I take it North Dakota must be less interesting....I guess I will just have to keep adding new state records all by my lonesome, who would possibly want to work on such an uninteresting fauna.... :)

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