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Pre-Meeting Workshops

Sunday, 22 May

$60, price includes materials and meal

The restoration of ecological functions in streams has become an important initiative in the United States and internationally. A conservative estimate from the National River Restoration Science Synthesis project (NRRSS) noted that $10 billion has been spent on restoration in the last decade but that minimal information has been collected and we still cannot address success criteria (i.e. cost versus benefit). Much of the work to date has dealt with a very narrow perspective of engineering stream features and the construction of instream and riparian habitat within very short reaches. In many instances the construction of fish habitat is the primary justification. However, the ecological functions and recovery of these newly created features have not been well investigated. The understanding of the principles of both fluvial geomorphology and aquatic biology within newly created stream features is extremely relative to this new field. Geomorphologists and biologists have been invited to present pertinent information about the ecohydroloy of stream features.

Organizers: Jim Gore (; and Dave Penrose (

$65, tickets includes materials and meal

This workshop will begin with a 2-hour morning session concentrating on phylogeny, classification, global and regional North American diversity, biogeography, and morphology. Afterward, a 2-hour laboratory session will include a review of representatives of all North American families and some common and difficult genera. A short quiz on family and selected genera will end the session. An afternoon, 2-hour session will concentrate on methods of collection, life history attributes, historical changes of stonefly fauna and their conservation, and stonefly behavior. After a short break, participants will bring out their stonefly specimens for expert help. A manual detailing session presentations in hard copy and CD will be provided and include a NA species list (printed and Excel format with synonymies, common names, and known NA distribution by country, state/province), lists of electronic resources, contact information and specialties for world researchers, updates to NA keys of adults and nymphs, and bibliography of important taxonomic literature.

Organizers: R. Edward DeWalt, Illinois Natural History Survey (; Scott Grubbs, Western Kentucky University; Barry C. Poulton, USGS-Biological Resources Division; Kevin Alexander, Western State College of Colorado; and Dennis Heimdal, University of Iowa Hygienics Laboratory

Free, but you must register
Limited to 100

The NABS Graduate Resources Committee hosts this free luncheon and workshop. The workshop will be a panel discussion on the qualifications, duties, and employment opportunities in the academic, private, government, and non-government sectors. Representatives from each sector will attend the lunch for small group discussions. Check the NABS Spring Bulletin for more information.

Organizers: Lusha Tronstad (; Belmont Tronstad (; and Christopher Hoagstrom (

Field Trips

Saturday, 28 May

Field Trip #1: Honey Island Swamp Tour
Buses depart Marriott Hotel
0730h - 1330h
$50, includes lunch
(Limited to 55 people)

Organizer: Ken Brown (

Take a journey into the swamplands of Louisiana. Picture the moss hanging on gnarled cypress trees as you travel into one of the wildest and most pristine river swamps in America. The 250-square-mile Honey Island Swamp, a tract of bottomland timber lying between the East Pearl and West Pearl rivers, is located only 50 minutes from New Orleans. Tours feature a non-commercialized explanation of Louisiana Swamp ecology and natural history, and our smaller-sized boats allow access deep into the swamp interior and shallow backwater areas, with a chance to view alligators, bald eagles, waterfowl, herons, egrets, ibis, owls, osprey, deer, feral hogs, nutria, raccoon, otter, beaver, mink, turtles, frogs. We will be arranging for our group to be picked up at the Marriott (bring your bug spray!).

Field Trip #2: Oak Alley Plantation Tour
Buses depart Marriott Hotel
0730h - 1330h
$50, includes lunch
(Limited to 55 people)

Organizer: Anna Hill (

You cannot visit New Orleans without getting the feel of the antebellum South with a tour of the wonderful plantations nearby. This half-day tour will visit the historic Oak Alley Plantation. Built in 1839 by a wealthy French Creole sugar planter from New Orleans, the Oak Alley Plantation, located on the Mississippi River between the historic Louisiana cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, has been called the "Grande Dame of the Great River Road". Nowhere else in the south will you find such a spectacular setting! The quarter-mile canopy of giant live oak trees, believed to be nearly 300 years old, forms an impressive avenue leading to the classic Greek-revival style antebellum home.

Field Trip #3: Collecting Trip to Streams and Bayous in Louisiana's "Florida" Parishes
Buses depart Marriott Hotel
0730h - 1600h
$45, includes lunch

Organizers: Dr. R. Edward DeWalt, Illinois Natural History Survey (; and Norm Leonard (

The north shore of Lake Ponchartrain is fed by some really nice sand rivers with many species of interest that are hard to find elsewhere. One possible location is Camp Covington on the Bogue Falaya River, about 10 km NW of Covington. Ed DeWalt has collected Paragnetina fumosa, Pteronarcys dorsata, Leuctra rickeri, Neoperla, and Perlesta shubuta from this area. On the Tangipahoa R. about 1/2 hr. west of there he has found the sand mayfly Homeoneuria dolani and there may be other species of sand inhabiting taxa there (don't forget - this is Louisiana…there are no rocks, only sand!). Additionally, LSU runs a forestry school on some really nice property just west of Bogalusa near a little hamlet called Sheridan, where there are very small, organic seeps and deeply stained sand streams. A great side trip on the way back might include a stop in Abita Springs at the Abita Beer brewery where visitors can partake of some Purple Haze or Turbo Dog beer.