93rd Annual Meeting
co-located with the
67th Northwest Regional Meeting (NORM 12) of the
Boise, Idaho
June 24 - 27, 2012


All field trips are open to meeting registrants and members of their families. Due to limited space, advance registration is required for all trips. Reservation and payment of field trip fee(s) are included on the Advance Registration Form. NOTE: A $10 field trip registration fee will be added to the cost of the first field trip for each person not registered for the AAAS Pacific Division or the NORM 2012 meeting. Non-registrants pay this fee only once, regardless of whether they participate in one or more field trips.

A full refund will be granted if a Pacific Division trip is cancelled by the Division. If a registrant cancels via e-mail or written notification received in the Pacific Division office no later than 6 June 2012, the registrant will receive a refund of the paid fee(s) less a $15 processing charge. Credit card refunds are subject to an additional 3.5% charge on the entire original billing to help cover the fees the Division pays to the credit card companies.

Refund policies for NORM 12 field trips must be referred to the NORM 12 planning personnel. The Pacific Division makes no claims regarding NORM 12 sponsored field trips and is listing them below entirely as a convenience for Pacific Division registrants who might want to participate in them. Full planning and implementation for those trips is the responsibility of NORM 12 and the Pacific Division accepts no liability for any losses or unmet expectations that might be incurred on a NORM 12 sponsored field trip.

Departure locations for field trips are given with each trip listed below.

AAAS, Pacific Division Sponsored Field Trips

Sign up for Pacific Division field trips on on the Advance Registration Form, which can be downloaded by clicking here.

Sunday Monday

NORM 12 Sponsored Field Trips

To sign up for one of these field trips, please go to this web page: http://www.snakeriveracs.com/norm2012.html and click on “Registration.” From there you will be given the option of registering for one or more field trips on-line or you can download a PDF form to fill out and send in. Don’t forget to check the “AAAS-PD (ACS Events Only)” box under Registration to indicate you are registering on the Pacific Division side but pre-registering for one of these field trips. Non-registered family members needn’t pay the Pacific Division’s $10.00 field trip only registration fee to the Pacific Division if they are attending only ACS sponsored field trips. However, if they are attending any Pacific Division field trips along with one or more ACS sponsored field trips, they must pay the one-time $10.00 field trip registration fee.


Sunday, 24 June, 1:00 p.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m.
Field Trip 1: Remaking the Boise River on the Eve of the Millennial Flood.
Departs from the Friendship Bridge, which spans the Boise River between Julia Davis Park and the Boise State University campus.

It is a geological certainty that the Boise River will flood. In an easy stroll along the river, Professor Todd Shallat (Center for Idaho History and Politics, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho) will trace the design of the floodway to the hopes and fears and scientific conjecture that shaped engineering design.

There is free parking in Julia Davis Park (700 S. Capitol Blvd.), across the river from Boise State University. To get to Julia Davis Park by automobile frm the vicinity of the Boise Center, drive south on 9th Street until it merges with Capitol Blvd. (about 0.6 miles from The Grove). In about 0.1 mile, turn left onto W. University Drive. Take the first right onto W. Boise Ave., then the first right to stay on W. Boise Ave. Afterwards, take a slight right onto S. Capitol Blvd. Julia Davis Park is on the right, about 0.5 miles up S. Capitol Blvd.

To get to Julia Davis Park from the vicinity of the Boise Center by walking, head south on S. Capitol Blvd. about four large city blocks. The park will be on the left just before crossing the Boise River.

Meet at the Friendship Bridge, which spans the Boise River and connects the park to the university. The bridge on the park side is just south of the Boise Zoo.

Cost: no cost for meeting registrants; $10 ($10 non-registrant fee) for those not registered for the meeting.


Sunday, 24 June 9:00 a.m. – approximately 4:30 p.m.
Field Trip 2: Birds of Prey
Web Site: Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area
Web Site: World Center for Birds of Prey
Departs from the Boise Centre, Front Street side.

This field trip will depart the Boise Centre at 9:00 a.m. to travel to the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. Anticipated stops are at Initial Point (Idaho’s geographic survey reference point), Dedication Point (an impressive view of the Snake River Canyon), Swan Falls Dam and Historical Exhibit (history of the dam and Snake River), and Celebration Park (archaeological and cultural history). Before returning to the Boise Centre, we will stop at the World Center for Birds of Prey, the premier captive breeding facility in the world for birds of prey.

Be sure to wear shoes that are comfortable for hiking – NO SANDALS, sun shade hats, light weight shirts, and sunscreen. A lightweight coat and day pack is recommended, as canyon temperatures may vary. Bring along your binoculars, sunglasses and camera!

Includes transportation, box lunch, snacks, and admissions.

Cost: $50.00 per person for meeting registrants; $60.00 per person (including $10.00 non-registrant fee) for those not registered for meeting.


Sunday, 24 June 9:00 a.m. – approximately 4:00 p.m.
NORM 12 Field Trip: Fly Fishing Instruction/Trip
Departs from the Grove Hotel.

Fly fish for rainbow trout on a remote stream about 1.5 hours from Boise. Small group instruction will be included. A minimal amount of easy hiking will be involved. Transportation, lunch, equipment (fly rods, reels, and flies), will be provided (but feel free to bring your own fishing gear). No Idaho fishing license is required to participate.

What to bring: Clothes you can get wet (it is easiest to fish by wading), footwear you can get wet (make sure sandals have a covering over the toes for protection against rocks), towel, drinking water, sunscreen, and snacks.

Includes transportation, license, lunch, and equipment.

Cost: $50.00 per person. Register for this field trip through NORM 12 (see above).


Monday, 25 June, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
NORM 12 and AAASPD Field Trip: Basque Museum/Boarding House Tour.
Web Site: Basque Museum
Walk to the museum, 611 Grove Street, for the tour.

Boise is home to the largest concentration of Basques per capita outside the Pyrenees Mountains. Take a tour of the only Basque Museum in the United States. The Basque Museum provides a look into the Basque heritage through exhibits, collections, oral history archives, and photographs. Free guided tours of the Basque Museum/Boarding House will be available from 4:30 – 6:00 PM before the ACS/AAAS Basque Cultural Dinner Reception. The museum is located at 611 Grove St., a short walk (1 block) from the Boise Centre on the Grove Convention Center. See http://www.basquemuseum.com/ for more information about the Basque Museum/Boarding House.

Cost: no charge for all meeting attendees.


Wednesday, 27 June, 2:45 p.m. to approximately 1:00 a.m.
Field Trip 3: Bruneau Dunes and Observatory.
Web Site: Bruneau Dunes Web Page
Departs from the Boise Centre, Front Street side.

Out on the expansive Snake River Plain are countless insights and wondows into the past. From the hotspot volcanism of the last 16 million years, through the giant ice-age floods that profoundly sculpted these lands, Bruneau Dunes sntnds 470 feet above the desert floor as a geologic testament of the power of water and as a rich desert oasis for a diversity of life. Join us as we depart the Boise Centre at 2:45 p.m. for th approximately hour and fifteen minute ride to the Bruneau Dunes. Planned activities include touring the visitior center and bookstore, learning about the various plants and animals that inhabit the area, and exploring the dunes and small lakes.

Bruneau Dunes is also home to Idaho's largest public observatory. Later in the evening we will gather for viewing the sun (yes, the observatory has special optics that allow observation of the sun), followed by a short introductory program and then spending time viewing various celestial objects through the main telescope, a 25 inch reflector, as well as some smaller, portable telescopes. We plan to return to Boise by about 1:00 a.m. (note this change from midnight!).

Be sure to bring sturdy hiking shoes for the dunes, insect repellent for the mosquitoes that inhabit the area, sunscreen, sunglasses, and light jackets as the evening could cool off considerably. You might also want to include binoculars and your camera.

Trip includes transportation, dinner, snacks and admissions.

Cost: $50 for meeting registrants; $60 (including the $10 non-registrant fee) for those not registered for the meeting.


Wednesday, 27 June 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
NORM 12 Field Trip : Micron Technology Plant Tour
Departs from the Boise Centre, Front Street side.

Take a tour of the fabrication and testing facility at Micron, which is headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Micron Technology, Inc. is a world leader in semiconductor technology, specializing in computer memory applications such as DRAM and Flash technologies that are used in today's most advanced computing, networking, and mobile products. This tour is open to all conference attendees. It will last approximately 1.5 hours and includes transportation from the Boise Centre to Micron headquarters, approximately 10 miles away.

Cost: no charge. Register for this field trip through NORM 12 (see above).


Wednesday, 27 June 1:00 p.m. – approximately 8:00 p.m.
NORM 12 Field Trip: Whitewater Rafting Trip – Payette River
Departs from the Grove Hotel.

Enjoy a half-day of whitewater rafting adventure on lthe Payette River, which is one of Idaho's renowned whitewater rivers. No Prior whitewater rafting experience is requuired. All rafting equipment, guides, transportation and safety equpment along with transportation and dinner will be provided. The trip will involve a drive up to Banks, Idaho, about 45 minutes away, to the Main Fork of the Payette River for around 4 hours of Class III+ rafting. We will stop along the way for a riverside dinner and then continue on to the take out. There will be time for swimming and playing along the way. We will return to the Boise Centre on the Grove by 8:00 p.m. What to bring: Clothes you can get wet, shoes or sandals with heel strap (no flip flops!), towel, sunscreen, dry clothes, water and water bottle. Optional items: Sunglasses, waterproof camera and long-sleeved shirt. The group will depart from the Boise Centre on the Grove at 1:00 p.m. and return to Boise by 8:00 p.m.

Cost: $45.00 per person.
Register for this field trip through NORM 12 (see above).


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