Friday, January 23, 2009

WAVP meeting

Below is the information on the Vertebrate Paleo meeting that was discussed at our last meeting.
It would be a good chance to learn about the Chinle and its Dinosaurs (A visit to Triassic Park)

Western Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists (WAVP) Annual Meeting 2009

Dates: February 13-15, 2009.

Hosts: Petrified Forest National Park and Northland Pioneer College

Symposium Location: Petrified Forest National Park Painted Desert Visitor Center, Interstate 40, Exit 311, 24 miles east of Holbrook Arizona. There is a small restaurant/convenience store for breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

Holbrook, Arizona is a small city of 5000 located along Interstate 40 in northeastern Arizona. Holbrook is home to numerous motels and several small restaurants (mostly Mexican food, but also Chinese, Italian, and American), gas stations, a grocery store (Safeway), and curio shops. Holbrook is the closest lodging to the park.

Very Important Note: When driving to the field trip and/or symposium please use the park entrance off of Exit 311 on Interstate 40. DO NOT follow the signs through Holbrook, which will direct you to the southern entrance. If you use the southern entrance it is a 50 minute drive through the park to get to the north end and you will be late.

Registration: Please contact Bill Parker at or 928-524-6228 extension 262, letting him know which functions below that you wish to attend and the number of persons in your party. Spaces available on the Zuni Basin trip are limited and will be assigned in order of registration. Please provide the names of all persons in your party as they wish it to appear on nametags.

Registration fee: There is no registration fee. All meals (except for refreshments [non-alcoholic] during the icebreaker and symposium) are the responsibility of participants. This includes lunches for the field trips. The Darwin birthday bash is BYOB although some refreshments will be provided.


Feb. 12: Charles Darwin 200th Birthday Bash – location TBA (Note: This is an “unofficial” event, i.e. not sponsored by the National Park Service or Northland Pioneer College)

Feb. 13: Day- Fieldtrip (weather permitting): Upper Triassic Geology and Paleontology of Petrified Forest National Park (led by Bill Parker, Jeff Martz, and Matt Brown). Meet at the Painted Desert Visitor Center at Petrified Forest National Park at 8:30 am. Evening – icebreaker – Northland Pioneer College Painted Desert Campus, Holbrook, AZ (specific directions will be provided later).

Feb. 14: Symposium: PDVC Petrified Forest National Park. All participants are welcome to join us for dinner in Holbrook after the symposium. Please let us know in advance if you wish to join us.

Feb. 15: Fieldtrip (weather permitting): Cretaceous localities in the Zuni Basin, New Mexico (led by Doug Wolfe). Meeting place TBA. This is the type locality for the dinosaurs Zuniceratops christopheri and Nothronychus mckinleyi. Spaces on this trip are limited and will be assigned ‘first-come – first-serve’ in order of registration. Please contact Bill Parker at to register.

We will be providing limited access to our fossil preparation facility during the symposium. Our museum collections (Late Triassic vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants) are open for research by appointment only.

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