94th Annual Meeting
UNIVERSITY of NEVADA
Las Vegas, Nevada
June 16 - 19, 2013

FIELD TRIPS


 

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 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 15 May 2013, 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.

All field trips depart from Parking Lot D, just east of the Student Union.

Sunday, 16 June

Wednesday, 19 June
Thursday, 20 June
Thursday and Friday, 20 and 21 June (2 day trip)


Sunday, 16 June, 8:00 a.m. to approximately 2:00 p.m.
Field Trip 1: Engineering, Geology and Engineering Geology of Hoover Dam and the O'Callahan-Tillman Bridge.
Departs from Parking Lot D, just east of the Student Union.

Website: click HERE

Hoover Dam lies within a Miocene (about 14 million years old) caldera. The walls of Black Canyon below the dam display spectacular exposures of volcanic ash (ashflow tuffs). This trip will include a special engineering-emphasis tour of Hoover Dam. We will view and discuss the engineering that went into the construction of the dam and also the construction of the new Mike O’Callahan-Pat Tillman bridge that crosses the Colorado River just downstream of the dam. We will walk across the bridge and view the volcanic rocks and faults that have fractured them.

Due to the access we will be granted during this field trip, all participants must be U.S. citizens; names and social security numbers need to be submitted at least two weeks in advance, so please be sure to provide the requested information on the Advance Registration form.

This field trip involves easy walking on paved surfaces.

Includes transportation by charter bus or 12 passenger van, box lunch and water, and miscellaneous fees. Minimum 10, maximum 40 participants. Cost: $60 per person.

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Sunday, 12 June, 8:00 a.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m.
Field Trip 2: Devils Hole and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
Departs from Parking Lot D, just east of the Student Union.
Website: click HERE

The Devils Hole pupfish is one of the most famous endangered species in the world. A 1970s U.S. Supreme Court decision protecting the habitat of this pupfish was a landmark decision in American environmental law. This trip will include a visit to Devils Hole and other sites within Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, located about 1.5 hours from Las Vegas. Many endemic species occur in Ash Meadows; boardwalks facilitate access to viewpoints where spring discharge and wildlife can be observed.

This field trip complements a symposium on the management of endangered species (Symposium #6: Management of Endangered Species in the American West: Policy and Practice) and involves easy walking on flat terrain.

Includes transportation by 4WD vehicles, box lunch, and water. Minimum 10, maximum 20 participants. Cost: $45 per person.

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Wednesday, 19 June, 5:00 a.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m.
Field Trip 3: Landscape Photography of the Desert Southwest.
Departs from Parking Lot D, just east of the Student Union.
Download release form HERE; to be filled out and returned with Advance Registration form.


Led by Dr. Peter Starkweather (Department of Biology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and photographer). Dr. Starkweather has 30 years of photographic experience in the region and throughout North America as well as in Asia and Africa; during this time he studied fine art landscape photography with the late Galen Rowell and photographic field techniques with Center for Creative Photography-inductee David Muench. Some of Dr. Starkweather’s work can be viewed at www.redwallphoto.com.

We will start early to catch the morning photographic “magic hour,” planning to be ready to shoot by sunrise (5:24 am PDT ‘round these parts!). The Desert Southwest provides unparalleled opportunities and substantial challenges for landscape photographers, with striking visual contrasts, wide color palettes and – almost always – BLUE skies. Your leader will select specific destinations based on road conditions, weather and photo opportunities, but no matter where we go we are sure to become well-acquainted with the vibrant geological landscape, some desert biology and, if possible, some Puebloan rock art of the region. The trip philosophy will be that the photographer makes the photo, not the camera, and pro equipment definitely is not essential. That said, if participants happen to have tripods and remote shutter releases, plus familiarity with the manual functions of their cameras, those will come in handy for the best results.
We likely will be in, or close to, federally-designated Wilderness areas, and hiking is the only way in to the really good spots. Participants should be prepared accordingly, with sturdy rock/sand footwear, appropriate clothing (in layers), hats and daypacks for carrying gear, snacks and water. Note that the local average daily high temperature for June 19 is 38°C (100°F), so the ability for each person to carry ~2L of water is very important, as is wearing sunscreen.

Participants will be required to sign a Release of Liability form in order to participate in this trip. Before signing up for this field trip, click on the link above in order to download the form and then read it! A completed and signed copy of this form must accompany your Advance Registration form if you plan to participate in this field trip.

This field trip involves short hikes over rocky desert terrain in what could be very warm weather.

Includes transportation by 12-passenger van, box lunch, water and snacks. Minimum 5, maximum 10 participants. Cost: $35 per person.

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Wednesday, 19 June, 3:00 p.m. to approximately 6:30 p.m.
Field Trip 4: Tule Springs Fossil Beds.
Departs from Parking Lot D, just east of the Student Union.
Newspaper article about Tule Springs: click HERE
Website for Protectors of Tule Springs: click HERE

Led by Dr. Josh Bonde (College of Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas). Tule Springs Fossil Beds is a region in northern Las Vegas Valley with abundant and diverse Pleistocene fossils, including Columbian mammoths, camels, horses, bison, and sloths. Legislation is pending in Congress to create a new national monument for the protection, study, and interpretation of these fossils. Participants will visit an area of active, on-going paleontological research.

This field trip includes short hikes over irregular terrain. Be sure to bring sun hats, appropriate clothing, and wear sunscreen!

Includes transportation in 4WD vehicles and water; no food provided. Minimum 10, maximum 20 participants. Cost: $25 per person.

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Wednesday, 19 June, 4:45 p.m. to approximately 9:15 p.m.
Field Trip 5: Evening Hike to Potato Knoll in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
Departs from Parking Lot D, just east of the Student Union.
Website: click HERE

The Devils Hole pupfish is one of the most famous endangered species in the world. A 1970s U.S. Supreme Court decision protecting the habitat of this pupfish was a landmark decision in American environmental law. This trip will include a visit to Devils Hole and other sites within Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, located about 1.5 hours from Las Vegas. Many endemic species occur in Ash Meadows; boardwalks facilitate access to viewpoints where spring discharge and wildlife can be observed.

This field trip complements a symposium on the management of endangered species (Symposium #6: Management of Endangered Species in the American West: Policy and Practice) and involves easy walking on flat terrain.

Includes transportation by 4WD vehicles, box lunch, and water. Minimum 10, maximum 20 participants. Cost: $45 per person.

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Thursday, 20 June, 8:30 a.m. to approximately noon
Field Trip 6: Nevada Solor One 400 Acre Concentrated Power Plant.
Departs from Parking Lot D, just east of the Student Union.
Fact Sheet: click HERE


Nevada Solar One is a 400 acre, concentrated solar power plant located south of Boulder City, Nevada, about an hour from Las Vegas. The plant uses 760 parabolic trough concentrators with more than 182,000 mirrors to concentrate the sun’s rays onto more than 18,240 receiver tubes placed at the focal axis of the troughs and containing a heat transfer fluid. The trough concentrators track the sun’s location and concentrate its rays during peak demand hours. Nevada Solar One is the second solar thermal power plant built in the United States in more than 16 years, and the largest plant of its type built in the world since 1991. Its nominal capacity is 64 MW and maximum capacity is 75 MW. The plant went into operation in 2007.

Participants will tour the plant for about 45 minutes. Wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. Have sunscreen along for times with sun exposure.

Includes transportation in 12 passenger vans and water; no food is provided. Minimum 10, maximum 20 participants. Cost: $20 per person.

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Thursday, 20 June, 8:00 a.m. to approximately 2:00 p.m.
Field Trip 7: An Ecological Transect of the Sheet Range – A Great Basin Sky Island.
Due to lack of adequate enrollment, this field trip was cancelled.


Leaders: Drs. Dale Devitt (School of Life Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas) and David Charlet (Department of Biology, College of Southern Nevada, Henderson, Nevada).

On this field trip we will visit a series of 10 meter tall, ecological-transect towers at successively higher elevations in the Sheep Range, north of Las Vegas, at elevations ranging from 900 m (~3,000 ft) in the creosote bush community to 2,000 m (~6,800 ft) in the pinyon-juniper community. Emphasis will be on ecological gradients, plant communities, and soil-plant-water relationships. For more information about the transect visit: http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1040&context=epscor.

This field trip complements a symposium on soil-plant-water relationships in arid climates (Symposium #8: Soil-Plant-Water Relationships in Arid Environments).

Be sure to wear appropriate clothing, sun hats, and sunscreen.

Includes transportation by 4WD vehicles, lunch, and water. Minimum 10, maximum 20 participants. Cost: $35 per person.

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Thursday, 20 June, 7:00 a.m. to Friday, 21 June, approximately 5:00 p.m.
Field Trip 8: Zion National Park: Geology, Natural Resource Management Policy, and Dinosaur Tracks.
Departs from Parking Lot D, just east of the Student Union.
Website for Dinosaur Discovery Site: click HERE
Website for Zion National Park: click HERE


Leaders: Drs. Steve Rowland (Geosciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas) and Steve Parker (Environmental Policy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas).

Travel by luxury coach about three hours from Las Vegas to visit Zion National Park in southwestern Utah. This trip will have a dual theme of Jurassic geology/paleontology and natural resource policy. On Thursday morning we will travel to St. George, Utah, visit a wonderful exhibit of in situ dinosaur tracks and trackways at the Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm, have lunch on an outcrop of Shinarump Conglomerate overlooking the Virgin Anticline, and arrive in Springdale, Utah early in the afternoon. Thursday afternoon will be spent hiking and exploring Zion Canyon. Dinner on your own. Evening discussion of management issues with National Park staff. Friday morning breakfast on your own. Group hike on Friday morning and continued discussion of natural resource policy issues. Lunch on your own in Springdale.

This field trip complements a symposium on the management of protected lands (Symposium #6: Management of Endangered Species in the American West: Policy and Practice) and also a symposium on Mesozoic paleontology (Symposium #10: Dinosaurs and Their Neighbors: Mesozoic Paleontology and Paleogeography of Nevada, Utah, and Adjacent States).

Hiking in Zion National Park will be on park trails; optional hikes may include moderately steep sections of trail. Bring daypack and appropriate footwear. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing, sun hats and have an ample supply of sunscreen available. Days will be warm; evening may be cool.

Double-occupancy lodging in Springdale, Utah at the Zion Park Inn (Best Western Motel). Box lunches will be provided on Thursday. Water will be provided throughout the trip.

Please note that, due to contractual requirements, the deadline for signing up for this field trip is Wednesday, 15 May 2013.

Includes transportation by 12 passenger vans, overnight stay in motel, lunch on Thursday, snacks and water. Participants are expected to purchase on their own dinner Thursday, and breakfast and lunch Friday. Minimum 18, maximum 36 participants.

Cost: $225 per person, double occupancy; $415 per person, single occupancy.
If you are an individual who would like to join this tour with a double occupancy room but don’t have a roommate, please mark the appropriate box on the Early Registration form and we will assign a roommate of the same gender for Thursday night.


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