The 2016 Desert Fishes Council Meeting will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico during 15-19 November. Founded in 1706, Albuquerque sits in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, and lies at the intersection of Southern Rocky Mountains, Chihuahuan Desert, Great Plains, and Colorado Plateau biomes. The city has a diverse cultural history that has it roots in Old Town Albuquerque. The Hotel Albuquerque, near this historic center, will be hosting the meeting. The hotel has a classic New Mexican ambience and is close to various local attractions including NM Museum of Natural History & Science, Albuquerque Art Museum, Rio Grande Nature Center, and Albuquerque Biological Park. Albuquerque has become a microbrew pub destination with over 30 microbreweries serving award-winning beers. Attractions further afield include Sandia Peak Tramway, Santa Fe, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Valles Caldera National Preserve, and Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
All meeting events will take place in the Hotel Albuquerque, starting with on-site registration Tuesday afternoon, November 15th. The meeting will open with an informal cash bar mixer on Tuesday, as well as a discussion of Yaqui Catfish management in the U.S. and Mexico (details TBA). Wednesday morning will begin with our plenary session ‘Is the Rio Grande Savable?’, moderated by Laura Paskus, an environmental journalist. The plenary panel will discuss how lessons learned from the Rio Grande might be applied to conserving aquatic biodiversity in other western rivers, and will be led by experts on native fishes, western water law and policy, and the political landscape of western water issues. All oral and poster technical sessions will occur Wednesday (16th) through Friday (18th). The DFC Business Meeting will occur on Thursday (17th) afternoon, and will be followed by the meeting banquet. A field trip to Acoma Pueblo is planned for Saturday.