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Old 10-05-2013, 08:14 PM
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The dates have officially been set:

MICROCOSM 2014 will take place March 28-29 (2014) in sunny San Diego, CA.

The hotel for guests and vendors--as well as the Friday night mixer/keynote lecture--will be the Sheraton Mission Valley San Diego Hotel. We will have a web link available next week so you can make reservations and receive the special event rate ($99/night, $7/night parking).

Regardless, I wanted to make the announcement now so people can mark it on their calendars and begin planning to participate.

Vendor registration will open soon: we just need to work out a few details and finalize the contract.

Stay tuned for more info!
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Scott, you're going this time
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Road trip???
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Woohoo!! Definitely gonna try and make this one... Only a 20 minute drive :P
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Hope I can make it
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I think I can make it out for this! I feel weird since I'm only in it for the plants, but I really want to be able to get some plants and see others tanks without paying for shipping.

Do people usually bring extra supplies for trade to one of these events?
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Only vendors should bring supplies to the event.
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Wahahaha! Can't wait



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Old 10-06-2013, 04:45 AM
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As most people know, MICROCOSM serves as a fundraiser for amphibian conservation through the programs/initiatives of Tree Walkers International (TWI). Here is an update on a grant that was recently awarded through the ACPF grant program using funds raised at the last MICROCOSM event: Hellbender Survey in the French Creek Watershed of Western New York (TWI Grant 005 Update) | TreeWalking
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Let me know if you need volunteers this time. I'll make time



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MICROCOSM 2014 HOTEL INFORMATION

Sheraton Mission Valley San Diego Hotel
1433 Camino Del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108

Click here to reserve your room under the special event rate.

A special event rate of $99/night has been worked out for those who make reservations by February 25, 2014. A limited block of rooms has been set aside for this rate are available on a first-come, first-served basis...so making reservations sooner rather than later is advised.

The hotel will be the site of the Friday evening lecture and mixer, and a restaurant, lounge/bar and Starbucks are all located on the property.
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Really happy to see things progressing with this!
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So am I! I hope to have the contract signed for the vendor show venue in the next couple of days. Once that's finalized we'll let vendors know that they can begin registering.
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Once that's finalized we'll let vendors know that they can begin registering.
Will you be making that announcement on this thread?
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All announcements are made primarily on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Micro...91242674296998

When I get a chance I try to keep this thread updated...but I wouldn't depend on it for the most current info and planning.
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...and with that, I guess it's finally time to set up a Facebook.
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Hilarious - I sent you an email about 5 minutes after Ron posted saying the same thing.

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Ron, are you trying to get the same venue?
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No, they became too difficult to work with. We are now working with a different venue at a different location in San Diego which will be close to twice the size. Not as scenic, necessarily, but will be much more convenient.
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Hopefully with better AC!



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Can't wait! I will be there!
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Damn... Scheduled right around the finals for my second quarter of law school.... Microcosm 2015 in Seattle?
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Vendor registration is now open!

The vendor show on Saturday (March 29) will take place at the Scottish Rite Event Center, less than half a mile away from the hotel. The space is bigger this year but tables will still be somewhat limited, so don't wait until the last minute!

If you are interested in participating as a vendor, you can begin by filling out the initial online form: Vendor Info | Microcosm

Once I receive that I will then e-mail you the actual vendor packet.
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That's a great venue for this show Ron, good choice! Perfect size, not too big not too small. Easy to find, plenty of parking with easy access, etc. Looking forward to another great Microcosm!
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I'm glad you were able to secure a nice venue!! Lets keep making Microcosm better every year!!



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Anyone from Minnesota area going?
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Damn... Scheduled right around the finals for my second quarter of law school.... Microcosm 2015 in Seattle?
Please, please, please It would be nice to have a event like this up here. Sadly I won't be able to make the drive this year, maybe I could come next time if its in my neck of the woods.
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Microcosm WAS in Seattle. Now it has followed me to San Diego!!! Wahahahahahaha



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Microcosm WAS in Seattle. Now it has followed me to San Diego!!! Wahahahahahaha
WHAT!!!

Guess I showed up a little too late....
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MICROCOSM is not your average frog show, nor is it just another herp show. It might best be understand as a sort of 'boutique' event, representing a microcosm of biodiversity.

If you haven't attended before, be sure to check out the About page on the website in order to get an idea as to the guiding principles behind the event: About | Microcosm
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People have been inquiring about sponsorship opportunities. Levels of sponsorship can be found on the website: Become a Sponsor | Microcosm

Since one of the primary goals of MICROCOSM is to raise funds for TWI's amphibian conservation programs, sponsorships help us offset the costs involved with putting on the event and allow us to direct as much raised money as possible straight to conservation.

Also, a reminder: hotel rooms are starting to really fill up and we only have a limited number reserved at the event price: Location | Microcosm
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I'm happy to announce that our keynote speaker for the Friday evening mixer/lecture will be Tim Paine, who just returned from an expedition to Chile. He will be giving a talk entitled, "Conservation Through Travel: The Importance of Culture & Education."

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Through a lecture rich with amazing photographs of exotic places, people and animals, Tim will explore his personal experiences with both travelers and locals in learning about ecosystem uses and the importance of learning from one another in teaching those around us, ultimately asking how this mutual awareness and education can help us develop multifaceted solutions for the various conservation issues facing these ecosystems.


BIO: Tim Paine has had a lifelong fascination with reptiles and amphibians. A lifelong resident of San Francisco, he grew up across the street from the California Academy of Sciences and could be found most days with his nose pressed against the glass of the cobra and exotic lizard displays. His background is in Biology, with emphases on intertidal invertebrates and desert reptiles. He has nearly 20 years worth of logged time exploring the Mojave desert and made over 20 visits to Costa Rica to explore and photograph the country's herpetofauna. In spite of 15 trips to Latin America (Mexico, Panama) and traveling to six different South American countries, he feels as though he has only scratched the surface of what is waiting to be learned in these places.

Tim is also an accomplished wildlife photographer, with 30 years of experience under his belt. Fifteen years ago he decided to turn his lens toward herpetofauna in an effort to help people understand the plight of these amazing creatures and the places they inhabit. Some of his work can be seen on his personal website, Amphibios. Tim is also on the TWI Executive Committee as well as the board of PrimatesPeru, as well as a variety of other conservation-based projects.
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I don't really need to buy anything, but with it only being 5 minutes from my house I have to go!
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I don't really need to buy anything, but with it only being 5 minutes from my house I have to go!
Its a great event, anyone who even remotely has a chance, should attend. I met so many awesome people last year, had a beer with Dr. Brown, BS'd with Adam Butt, got great orchids from Andy's, and enjoyed awesome San Diego.
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I can't belive I discovered Microcosm AFTER I moved halfway accross the freaking country FROM southern California...oh well
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I don't really need to buy anything, but with it only being 5 minutes from my house I have to go!
Based on past experiences, when you see what's available at Microcosm, you will discover that you actually do NEED to pick a few things up!
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Based on past experiences, when you see what's available at Microcosm, you will discover that you actually do NEED to pick a few things up!
And possibly regrets for what you didn't.

Last year there was a first edition of a very rare book, a fish dichotomous key, that I didn't see until it was in another buyers hands and they got it for a steal.

I can pretty much guarantee all but the most seasoned and experienced amongst us will see something they've never seen before.
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And make sure you take your time at the booths. I walked around before they opened it up to the public and thought I got a good look at everything.. Even then, I can't tell you how many times people came to the table where I was working with something I wanted/needed but I hadn't seen during my first go around.
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