2019 ISG Meeting

We are pleased to welcome ISG Members and friends to the 2019 Annual Meeting!

 

Our meeting will be held at The Meridian at Lighthouse Point Resort on Roatán, Honduras (http://www.theRoatánmeridian.com/). We will to use this meeting as an opportunity to draft Species Recovery Plans for both Ctenosaura oedirhina (endemic to Roatán) and Ctenosaura bakeri, endemic to the neighboring island of Útila.

 

FINAL SCHEDULE:
Saturday, 2 November: Arrive Roatán, evening icebreaker
Sunday, 3 November: ISG Meeting presentations
Monday, 4 November: ISG Meeting presentations, sunset dinner cruise
Tuesday, 5 November: ISG Business/discussion items (am), field trip to Gumbalimba Ecopark, Roatán (pm)
Wednesday, 6 November: Útila (optional overnight field trip),

OR depart Meridian Resort, Roatán (non-workshop participants)

Thursday, 7 November: Return from Útila (am, Species Recovery Planning Workshop (pm)
Friday, 8 November: Species Recovery Planning Workshop
Saturday, 9 November: Depart Meridian Resort, Roatán

 

Complete the Registration Form and submit to Tandora Grant by 15 August 2019. Registration is $150 USD and includes two dinners, a sunset cruise, and a field trip to an iguana study site on Roatán (Gumbalimba). Late registration will be $175 (after 15 August). If you would like to participate in the field trip to Útila there will be an additional cost of $225 per person. This includes transport to and from Útila, island travel, all meals, and one-night lodging.

 

We will have an optional overnight field trip to Útila, followed by the Species Recovery Plan Workshop. Those not interested in participating in the recovery plans should plan to depart on November 6th. There will be a boat ride involved for the optional trip to Útila.

 

Roatán has an international airport (RTB) with flights most often connecting through Miami (MIA), Houston (HOU), and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), if traveling through the USA. Flights do not service RTB every day. Saturday and Wednesday are the best days to travel to and from RTB, so our meeting schedule is organized to accomodate these flight days. There are flight options with connections through mainland Honduras and other parts of Central America, but we highly recommend avoiding those connections when possible.

Accomodation details for the Meridian Resort can be found here.

Abstract Submissions

Travel Award Submissions

2019 Venue Details

Our meeting will be held at The Meridian at Lighthouse Point Resort on Roatán, Honduras (http://www.theRoatánmeridian.com/).

 

The Meridian has a variety of specialty accommodations available to us for a greatly discounted rate. See the description of suites below, noting that the total cost of each suite per night is listed (not the per person, per night cost). The maximum number of guests listed equates to the number of beds, however, see the details as some beds may be a sofa-pullout bed in the living space. Attendees are responsible for self-organizing into suite groups. We recommend that everyone in your group is either staying for the Workshop, or not. If you are new to the meetings and need assistance finding other attendees to room with, email us and we will help make those connections.

 

Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and meeting room charges are managed with the resort suite booking. Those attending the field trip to Útila and participating in the Species Recovery Planning Workshop should plan to stay together, departing on 9 November, as the full cost of the suite per night will need to be covered regardless of the number of guests in the suite each night. The food/meeting room costs for participants staying until November 9th is an additional $174 total per person. Those staying for the Workshop and traveling to Útila for the overnight field trip will not be charged by the Meridian for the night while on Útila so the total number of nights is six. Guests will be able to leave items in their Meridian rooms while on Útila.

 

Those not interested in participating in the SRP Workshop should plan to depart the Meridian Resort on 6 November. The food/meeting costs for these participants is an additional $114 total per person.

 

Once you have organized your suite group, one group member should email Megan Moulder at The Meridian, cc’ing Tandora Grant to confirm your reservation, USING THE MERIDIAN RESERVATION FORM. Your group will be responsible for paying for the total number of nights, as well as the meal charges based on the number of people in the group and the duration of stay. As you can see below many of the suite type options are limited so we recommend making your reservations quickly. A deposit of 50% of the total cost (room and board) is due no later than 1 September 2019. The remainder is due upon arrival but can also be paid in advance. Chase QuickPay, Zelle, and credit cards (additional 4% charge) are accepted. Megan will provide additional details upon email reservation.

 

A:  Studio (4 available) – 2 guests max.  King Bed/Pullout Queen, $111.57 per night SOLD OUT

B:  2 Bedroom 2 Bath Condo (3 available) – 4 guests max.  King Bed/Two Twins/Pullout Queen, $179.47 per night

C:  2 Bedroom 2 Bath Condo (2 available) – 3 guests max.  King Bed/Queen Bed/Pullout Queen, $179.47 per night

D:  2 Bedroom 2 Bath “Deluxe” Condo (1 available) – 3 guests max. King Bed/Queen Bed/Pullout Queen, $211.72 per night

E:  3 Bedroom 3 Bath Oceanfront Villa Ground Floor Condo (4 available) – 5 guests max. King Bed/Queen Bed/Two Twins/Pullout Queen, $287.86 per night

F:  3 Bedroom 3 Bath Oceanfront Villa Ground Floor Condo without Twins (1 available) – 4 guests max. King Bed/Two Queens/Pullout Queen, $287.86 per night SOLD OUT

G:  3 Bedroom 3 Bath Oceanfront Villa Second Floor Condo with Rooftop Deck/Pool (1 available) – 6 guests max. King Bed/Queen Bed/Two Twins/Two Pullout Queens, $385.44 per night

H:  3 Bedroom 3 Bath Oceanfront Villa Second Floor Condo with Rooftop Deck/Pool (1 available) – 5 guests max. King Bed/Queen Bed/Two Twins/Pullout Queen, $385.44 per night

I:  4 Bedroom 3 1/2 Bath Condo with Rooftop Deck and Pool (1 available) – 5 guests max. Three Kings/Two Twins, $351.28 per night

2019 Preliminary Attendees

The following people are registered to attend the 2019 ISG Meeting and their presentations are noted.

 

Allison Alberts – San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, USA

Daniel Ariano-Sánchez – Universidad del Valle de Guatemala / Zootropic, Guatemala

“Conservation of the Motagua Spiny-tailed Iguana Ctenosaura palearis and its habitat”

Giuliano Colosimo – San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, USA and University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

Glenn Gerber – San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, USA

Johana Gil – Zootropic, Heloderma Natural Reserve, Guatemala

Ashley Campbell Goode – USDA ARS

Tandora Grant – San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, USA
Charles Knapp – John G. Shedd Aquarium, USA

Jeff Lemm – San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, USA

Daisy Maryon – University of South Wales, UK

Stesha Pasachnik – Fort Worth Zoo, USA

Elaine Powers – Lyric Power Publishing, LLC, USA

Bruce Weissgold – International

Mark Welch – Mississippi State University, USA

Tom Wiewandt – Wild Horizons Inc., USA