The program for the 2013 Desert Fishes Council meeting in Flagstaff, AZ are now available in pdf format:

Long program (with abstracts)

Short program

The 45th Annual meeting of the DESERT FISHES COUNCIL (DFC) will be held 20 to 24 NOVEMBER 2013 (Wednesday to Sunday). The meeting will be hosted in Flagstaff, Arizona by W.Linn Montgomery and Northern Arizona University.

The local committee is chaired by Linn Montgomery. Onsite registration will begin on Wednesday afternoon 20 November and an informal cash bar mixer will be held that evening at a location to be determined. Oral and poster technical sessions will be Thursday through Saturday (21-23rd), with the DFC Business Meeting on Friday afternoon and dinner at the Museum of Northern Arizona on Friday evening. A special symposium as well as continuing technical papers are planned for Thursday, November 21st. Local field trips are planned for Sunday (24) and will include a visit to the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Bubbling Ponds (native fishes) and Page Springs (trout) hatcheries.. All events except the dinner will be in the  High Country Conference Center.


Drury Inn and Suites is holding a block of rooms for us until 20 October at the special rate of $120 (single or double occupancy), plus tax and $2.50 surcharge (total 143.40). To receive the above discounted room rate you must make your reservation by phone (800 325-0720) and provide the DFC booking number – 2172243. Reservations can also be made by reserving online. Go to www.druryhotels.com, then enter group number 2172243.

A number of additional hotels/motels are also available near the Conference Center. Commercial campgrounds are available in Flagstaff (the closest is Woody Mountain Campground and RV Park). Please visit the NPS camping web page for additional information.


Flagstaff lies at the crossroads of Interstate 40 (from Barstow, CA to points East), I-17 from Phoenix, state highway 89A from southern Utah, and state highway 180 from Grand Canyon.

Amtrak trains arrive once per day from the east (arrive roughly 9 pm) and west (ca. 6 am).

US Airways flies into Flagstaff’s Pulliam Airport from a variety of locations in the southwest. Many other airlines fly into the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, roughly 140 miles from Flagstaff. Rental cars are available, of course, in Phoenix. In addition, Arizona Shuttle provides frequent shuttle service between Sky Harbor and the Flagstaff Amtrak Station. Click here for driving directions from various regional cities.

Car-pooling – The DFC-L email list is being used for communications by those interested in ride sharing. Ride-offerers and ride-seekers should reply to the original email “About carpooling to Flagstaff, Arizona” (but to DFC-L@utlists.utexas.edu) or send your own original email to the list (remember you must first be subscribed) using that same subject. Following these instructions will assure that all car-pool-related information will be included in the same thread in the DFC-L archive for easy discovery by others with the same interests.


Register, pay dues, and purchase DFC products online at the DFC Online store.

Meeting registration rates increase 50% after the 1 October pre-registration deadline. Cancellations will be accepted until 31 October, but a $5.00 USD fee will be charged. Email your online store receipt to Phil Pister for a credit to your credit card if you have to cancel.


All registration categories include a ticket to the dinner on Friday night. Choose the “Accompanying person social event attendance” item ($28) in the DFC Online store to buy tickets for accompanying persons who are not registered for the meeting. “Accompanying person” tickets will not be available aftLinn.Montgomery@nau.eduer October 20 since the caterer requires advance notice of the number to be served. The regular menu will be mesquite smoked bbq beef or pulled pork with bbq sauce, salad, freshly baked rolls, and cappuccino cream cheese brownies. A vegetarian option of grilled portabella mushrooms may be requested by simply emailing Linn Montgomery().

The Friday evening dinner will be catered at the Museum of Northern Arizona’s (http://www.musnaz.org/) Branigar-Chase Discovery Center. MNA was established in 1928 to focus on the cultural and natural resources of the Colorado Plateau and surrounding areas, and maintains rich collections for research in a variety of disciplines. The exhibits will be open before, during and after the casual meal. Tours of the collections and research facilities can be arranged if interest exists.


Abstract Submission

As in the past, presentation abstracts are submitted via an online web form – See below.

Whether oral or poster, presentations must fall within the scope of the DFC’s mission. No abstract will be accepted or scheduled unless submitted in compliance with the instructions to authors.

The deadline for abstract submission is October 1, no new abstracts will be accepted after this date. As always, DFC membership and meeting pre-registration paid by the abstract deadline are pre-requisites for abstract acceptance; you will not be able to submit an abstract online unless you have paid your dues first. Plan ahead and purchase your membership at least three days before submitting your abstract to give time for your dues to be processed.

Oral presentations are allotted 15 minutes (including questions and responses). Each presenter is limited to a single oral presentation, but poster presentations are not limited and are encouraged. Program space is limited and order of receipt will determine acceptance and programming of presentations.

Click here to submit an abstract.

Submitted abstracts may be viewed here (coming soon), along with their presentation dates and times once that has been added by the Program Committee.


A special symposium, ” Restoration of degraded aquatic habitats: A watershed approach” is planned for November 22. The symposium will focus on restoration projects that restore watershed processes. The overarching goal for any restoration project should be a resilient, self-sustaining system. This requires a balanced ecosystem approach using the knowledge and expertise of fisheries biologists, wildlife biologists, hydrologists, botanists, engineers, interested public, and stakeholders. Plenary Speaker Jack Schmidt will start the symposium with Stream restoration and biological outcomes. Both invited and contributed talks are planned. Contact organizers Gary Garrett (gary.garrett@tpwd.texas.gov) or Heidi Blasius (Campostoma_ornatum@hotmail.com) for more information.


These are special oral reports coordinated by ecoregion. Agency offices and other organizations desiring to contribute information to these reports should contact their corresponding Area Coordinator. Area coordinators will also be contacting individuals in their areas to solicit input to their reports. More information or help with this process can be obtained from the Areas Coordinator, who coordinates the work of all of the Area Coordinators.


Awards are presented annually for the best presentations given by students. Students competing for these awards must so indicate in the submission of their abstract.


DFC routinely helps defer expenses incurred to travel to present papers or posters, with preference given to students and citizens of Latin American countries. Special instructions detailed in the travel grants page must be followed to request travel support. Travel grant request forms must be received one month prior to the deadline for abstracts.


Resolutions must be submitted via the same form as for abstracts and by the same deadline. Additional information and a specific format are required, however, as detailed in the 2004 meeting minutes (see 2004 Proceedings).


Field trips are being arranged for Sunday, 24 November. One will certainly be to the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Bubbling Ponds (native fishes) and Page Springs (trout) hatcheries near Sedona. Other options are being developed. Additional information will be sent via the DFC-L mailing list, and will be discussed at the meeting.


Come prepared for cool/cold weather and possible precipitation. Daily temperatures for mid-late November in Flagstaff should run from lows of 20-22 F to highs of 46-48 F. Skies are usually clear, with 20-25% chance of light snow or rain.

Watch for announcements to be sent via the DFC email list (DFC-L) and for periodic updates to this web page.