Special Activities

Optional Wednesday Evening Riverboat Cruise and Dinner
Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Time: Participants will board at the riverboat dock located at 9 East River Street at 6:30 p.m. and will return at 9:30 p.m.

Cost: Adults: $38.00 per person (Price includes the riverboat cruise and dinner.)

No visit to Savannah is complete without a riverboat cruise along beautiful historic River Street. The River Street Riverboat Company operates Savannah’s premier dinner entertainment cruise ships. The riverboats cruise year round from their riverfront dock located at 9 East River Street (directly behind City Hall and next door to the Hyatt Regency).  The dinner will have a truly Southern flare with assorted salads, fried chicken, barbeque pork, macaroni and cheese, Savannah red rice, green beans, buttered corn, cornbread, fresh fruit, desserts and iced tea and coffee. A cash bar will be available on board the riverboat. Participants will be shown a view of Savannah and will experience a part of the South that they will never forget!  

Field Trip: Tour of Savannah Coastal Environments
and Marine Science Facilities by Bus and Boat
Sunday, June 13, 2004

Time: Participants will board busses at 8:00 a.m. will return to the convention center at approximately 2:00 p.m.

Cost: $70.00 (Price includes bus transportation, tour of facilities, boat transportation, and lunch.)

Led by faculty and staff from Savannah State University (SSU), the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SkIO), and the University of Georgia (UGA), field trip participants will board busses on River Street at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 13, 2004, for a tour of the marine science facilities and habitats at SSU and on Skidaway Island (SkIO, UGA, NOAA Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary). Here the group will board the “Spirit of Harbortown” for a lunch cruise/tour along coastal salt marsh waterways. Local researchers will provided brief presentations about harvested resources, crab decline, dying marshes, local natural history (birds, reptiles, and dolphins), coastal water quality and dynamics (coastal oceanography). Field trip participants will be joined by students from the ASLO Minorities Program. The group will tour the Savannah River and will return back to Savannah by mid-afternoon.

Tour Offerings for The American Society of Limnology & Oceanography

Wilderness Southeast, a non-profit educational organization (www.wilderness-southeast.org), will be offering tours on sunday and friday for meeting participants. A sign-up table for these tours will be next to the meetign registration table on-site.Prior to June 13, please reserve directly with Wilderness Southeast via email or snail mail.

Contact person: Joyce Murlless, wildernesssoutheast@earthlink.net or 912-897-5108 (voice mail)

Email questions to wildernesssoutheast@earthlink.net. Wilderness Southeast, P.O. Box 15185, Savannah, GA 31416

Payment accepted by check, money order, or cash. 25% nonrefundable deposit guarantees space.

Blackwater Paddle:
Offered Sunday, June 13 and Friday, June 18, 2004 8:00 am - 1:30 pm A half hour drive from downtown Savannah, your Wilderness Southeast naturalist guide will lead the way among an enchanted world of cypress and tupelo trees in their full summer foliage. As you explore the river swamp be on the lookout for turtles, kingfishers and soaring swallowtail kites. If you¹re very lucky you might spot an alligator cooling off in the shallows. This is a leisurely trip, suitable for novice paddlers and refreshing for the experienced. Water levels, influenced by seasonal flooding and tidal backwaters, fluctuate a great deal. But even during winter floods the flow is not fast in this quiet tributary of the Savannah River. In June the season of maximum evapotranspiration will have begun. Bald cypress and tupelo gum are the predominant tree species. The large buttressed bases and the curious twisting of the tupelo trunks reflect beautifully in the clear black water. This portion of Ebenezer Creek was designated a Nationally Significant Natural Landmark in 1976.

Cost: $60 per person includes lunch, canoes & paddles, and vehicle transportation from Regency Hyatt Hotel. Minimum 8; Maximum18 people.

Visit a Rookery:
Offered June 13 and 18, 2004 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm Drive with your birding guide about an hour south of Savannah to the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, home of wetland birding at its finest. June is the best time to witness the amazing spectacle of communal nesting of thousands of herons, egrets, ibis, wood storks. Once in the Refuge, we¹ll drive to several of the best observation points, and walk short distances in to set up the birding scopes for views of these spectacular native birds on their nests. You¹ll learn something of their life stories as you watch thousands of wading birds, and perhaps a patrolling alligator or two. We¹ll also provide extra binoculars and cold water. Bring insect repellant and your own binoculars if possible. Breeding season at Harris Neck NWR is an unforgettable experience!

Cost: $35 per person includes cold drinks and transportation. Minimum 10; Maximum 25 people.

Alligators & Anhingas:
Offered June 13, 18, and 19, 2004 8:00 am - 11:00 am We¹ll slowly drive the dikes of the 18th century rice plantations that are now part of the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. It¹s a wonderful opportunity to observe alligators sunning, anhingas drip-drying, and wading birds feeding. We¹ll provide a spotting scope and some extra binoculars for real close-up looks. Discuss the native inhabitants of this historic fresh-water marsh, Refuge maintenance techniques, and the fascinating and efficient use of tidal energy was from the plantation era still in use today. This great natural area is only 15 minutes from downtown.

Cost:$35, includes cold drinks and transportation. Minimum 6; Maximum 17 people.

Savannah River by Pontoon Boat:
Offered June 18, 2004 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Travel up the Savannah River by pontoon boat, getting a special introduction to the activity of the port and industry which contribute to Savannah¹s economic vitality. As you proceed upriver to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, you¹ll discover some of the unique natural history of this region and look for the wildlife - both avian and aquatic - that call this region home. Osprey are often seen; as you¹d expect, eagles are more rare. Depart Regency Hyatt Hotel dock at 9:00 am and return at 1:00 pm.

Cost: $35 includes transportation and bottled ice water. Minimum 29; Maximum 40 people.

Wild Island Exploration:
Offered June 13, 2004 8:00 am - 3:00 pm We¹ll drive from the Hyatt Regency Hotel about 25 minutes to a private marine to board our open boats. A 20-minute boat ride takes you winding through salt marsh creeks to Wassaw Island National Wildlife Refuge, arguably the most pristine of Georgia¹s beautiful barrier islands. You¹ll step ashore to walk essentially a transect of the island, exploring a diverse variety of habitats including salt marsh, maritime forest, and sandy beaches. You¹ll discuss the fascinating human and geologic history of this protected wild island, and have some time to enjoy the deserted beach. Look for dolphins in the marsh and painted buntings in the forest, experience Georgia¹s unusual tides which give us our wide beaches, and see the salt marsh food chain in action. We¹ll even sample some of the life beneath the sand. Bring a pack to carry your sun screen, rain jacket, sunglasses, souvenir seashells, and the lunch and bottled water we¹ll provide for this leisurely hike.

Cost: $75, includes lunch motorboat, and vehicle transportation. Minimum 6; Maximum 12 people.

Additional Conference Events and Organized Activities
Information on workshops and field trips will be provided at a later date. Please check the conference web site or call the ASLO Business Office: (254) 399-9635 or (800) 929-ASLO.



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