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It is with great pleasure and anticipation that we invite you to Fort Kent, Maine, for this year's GNSI Annual Conference. A unique set of workshops and presentations is planned, ranging from the latest digital techniques to details about local botanical organisms on the edge of existence. As is usual for GNSI conferences, you can meet new colleagues with a shared passion for the field and reconnect with long-time friends met in years past.

Northern Maine is a unique area marked by wonderful small towns nestled amidst vast tracts of wild forested lands with moose, fox, lynx and other mammals. There are exciting fast-moving waterways as well as friendly towns and people in them ready to make your visit a memorable one in all respects. The area around Fort Kent is home to Acadians who share a fascinating past and a thriving culture today, and a short walk across the St. John River via the International Bridge will bring you to New Brunswick, Canada; bring your passport so you can explore the cross-cultural opportunities of both countries. Optional trips include visits to forests and towns, a botanical garden in NB, canoe and boat trips and lots of amazing drawing opportunities everywhere you turn. We've arranged for moose-watching and plant-study to satisfy everyone, whether they enjoy studying organisms large or small!

Our keynote speaker, Stephen Hansen, is a professor of Biology and Environmental Studies whose work with various animal populations sheds light on how climate change may be affecting the planet. New to the core conference line-up this year are a series of mini-workshops. These 1-2 hour long hands-on workshops are open to everyone attending the conference, so be sure to check them out. We look forward to hosting three exhibits to showcase our work: the 40th Annual Scientific Illustration Exhibit, a Fine Arts Exhibit, and a Publications Exhibit. To help celebrate our 40th, we have invited dignitaries, artists, and officers from all over the Northeastern United States and New Brunswick to the Science Illustration exhibit opening. We also are looking forward to an Acadian feast on the night of our banquet with Les Chanteurs Acadiens as our musical guests.

Our hosts, The University of Maine at Fort Kent, have done much to make our stay as rewarding as possible. We hope you will join us for what promises to be another successful conference!

A Welcome from Joan H. Lee,
2009 Conference Coordinator

Bienvenue and welcome to La Vallee, the St. John Valley. As I write this in my living room I look at the frozen river and think about July when it will be running cheerily along and canoeists will be paddling toward Fort Kent as they enjoy the wildflowers along the steep banks. The St. John River starts in north western Maine, flows northeastward to Edmundston, NB, and Madawaska, Maine, then turns south and empties into the Bay of Fundy where the highest tides in the world are found. Aptly named Wolastoq (good and beautiful river) by the Maliseet, the river was renamed by Samuel de Champlain after St. John the Baptist in 1604. As beautiful as the river is it has some gruesome and exciting tales to tell from the first people right up to the present time... more >

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6/12/09 — The Supply Lists for our workshops are now online, with some of the more detailed ones available for download. We have also added an overnight wilderness excursion as a field trip. The limit is 11 so sign up quickly!

6/10/09 — The CEUs for this year's program are now posted. Remember to submit the required form within 30 days of the end of the conference to receive credit.

4/17/09 — The Registration Form is now available for download. We have also updated the travel section with information on bus and van service from various airports in Maine.

3/1/09 — We are working on finalizing the last details of the schedule. Feel free to browse our exciting lineup of workshops and presentations. We've also posted information so you can start planning your trip. Visit the Accommodations section of the site for travel tips, ride shares and other useful info. We look forward to seeing you in Fort Kent!

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