14th International Grouse Symposium
September 24-28, 2018
We are pleased to invite you to the 14th International Grouse Symposium which will be held in Logan, Utah, USA, September 24-28, 2018. Logan is located in beautiful Cache Valley in northern Utah approximately one hour drive from the Salt Lake City International Airport. With the backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains, Logan is a vibrant city and the home of Utah State University. The University Conference Center will provide the venue for multiple sessions on grouse anthropogenic effects, behavior, climate effects, genetics, habitat management, policy, population dynamics, or resource selection.
Opportunities to see multiple species of grouse will be available to participants on half-day excursions during the symposium. Columbian sharp-tailed grouse, dusky grouse, greater sage-grouse, and ruffed grouse can all be found within a short drive of Logan. Utah also has a population of white-tailed ptarmigan and do-it-yourself opportunities may be available to see this species depending on weather. An additional excursion will allow participants to visit the Bear River National Wildlife Refuge located at the north end of the famous Great Salt Lake. This is an excellent location for viewing a large diversity of waterfowl and shorebirds. The American West Heritage Center will host our banquet and social Friday evening, providing participants with the chance to learn about Western culture and the history of area. Additionally, an outstanding post-symposium field trip is being prepared and will begin September 29th. Space is limited on this trip, so plan to register early.
A variety of outdoor recreational opportunities are available for participants. Hiking and rock climbing are available throughout the Wasatch Mountains. Fly fishing for rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout is excellent in the Logan and Blacksmith Fork Rivers which flow into Cache Valley. These canyons will be beautiful during the conference with aspen and maple turning color. Utah and neighboring states have a variety of incredible national parks and monuments that are well worth a side trip. Hunting opportunities for ruffed grouse, dusky grouse, grey partridge, chukar partridge, Columbian sharp-tailed grouse, and greater sage-grouse will be available in relatively close proximity to Logan. The organizing committee is very excited to host grouse researchers, ecologists, and managers from around the world. We sincerely hope you will join us in Utah to continue the tradition of this symposium series. Safe travels to all of you and we look forward to seeing you soon.
David Dahlgren and Dwayne Elmore