Dear SWPBA members,
everyone, I hope summer has treated you well so far and things aren't
too hectic! I know everyone is anxious for information so I'll get
right to that first. The conference will be in Savannah this year on
the week of November 3rd- 6th and will be held at the Coastal Georgia
The cost for registration will be $100 (banquet and T Shirt included),
and I will send out a registration form in the near future. We have a
block of rooms at Be Historic Savannah on 320 Montgomery St. http://www.countryinns.com/savannah-hotel-ga-31401/gasahist,
and they have given us a rate of $98 a night which should keep everyone
at the Per Diem rate for Savannah. Unfortunately, there is a $12
day/car parking fee but that is pretty much the norm in most places
there. To get the negotiated room rate please call the hotel
directly at 912-921-5300 for reservations and use the group code:
1411SWPBA2. The deadline for room reservations is October 2nd. After October 2nd, you will not get the group rate!!
The non-group rate fee is around $130, well above the federal per
diem allowance. Also, please note that the hotel has a 24 hour
cancellation policy. If anyone has any problems please let me
know ASAP so we can get it worked out. Please contact me for additional
hotel information if this one fills.
Now that that is out of the way, I would like to thank the
folks in Mississippi for a great meeting last year in Natchez! That one
will definitely be extremely hard to top. We will certainly do our best
to put together an informative, interesting and entertaining conference
this year as well.
We are still working out the design and
option details for this year's shirt and we will send out design images
and other pertinent information as soon as it is finalized. Remember to
send in your nominations for the Biologist of the Year and Lifetime
Achievement awards, the deadline for nominations is September 15. The
photo contest categories this year will be Scenic Landscape, Aquatic
(location or biota), Terrestrial (location or biota), Historical (for
those time you run across some really cool old building or man-made
item/structure), Whimsical/Other, and of course Best Overall. If you
wish to participate in the photo contest please submit those to Katie
Zornig Katherine.Zornig@dnr.state.ga.us and CC me as well at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please state in the subject line "SWPBA Photo contest" and state in
your message the title of your photo and the category it fits into
best. The photo submission deadline is Friday October 3rd. Please have
your newsletter information compiled and submitted to Michele Brossett Michele.Brossett@dnr.state.ga.us by October 1st.
will be sending out an abstract form for the presentations shortly, but
here are some important deadlines to remember concerning presentations:
Submit presentation title by September 15th, submit abstract form by
October 17th, and submit Powerpoint presentation by October 27th.
are planning on a CADDIS workshop for Monday and would like some
feedback on interest level from everyone. We would also like to know if
there is any interest in a poster session.
Looking forward to seeing you all again in November!
SWPBA President 2014
7 MLK Jr. Dr., Suite 450
Atlanta, Ga. 30334