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Please see this sign-up sheet or contact one of the above committee members for more information.

2018 JMIH Volunteer Sign-Up


Welcome to Rochester, NY – The Flower City! (http://www.visitrochester.com/things-to-do/flowers/)

On behalf of the local committee, it is my pleasure to invite you to the 2018 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Rochester, New York. The meeting will take place at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center from July 11-15. The 2018 JMIH includes the 61st annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, the 76th annual meeting of the Herpetologists’ League, and the 98th annual meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.

Rochester, situated on Lake Ontario (https://www.livescience.com/34571-lake-ontario.html) and originally settled in 1788, is named after Colonel Nathaniel Rochester, one of its founding citizens. When the Erie Canal connecting the Hudson River with Lake Ontario/Erie was opened in 1825, the area grew quickly. and became known as the Flour City, based on the many flour mills located along High Falls (http://www.cityofrochester.gov/highfallsmuseum/)  on the Genesee River in what is now the Brown’s Race area of downtown Rochester. In the 1850s, Rochester boasted the largest seed companies in the world, and the name was changed from the “flour city” to the “flower city”.

Our area is famous for its history (home and burial sites of Frederick Douglas, Susan B. Anthony, George Eastman), diverse and delightful food (from fine dining at Tournedos Steakhouse to a “Garbage Plate” at Nick Tahou’s), Erie Canal, Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes, the Genesee River, breweries (Genesee and a suite of microbreweries), wineries (Finger Lakes Rieslings are among the best in the world) world-class research and graduate programs (U of R, RIT), fantastic liberal arts colleges (Nazareth College, St. John Fisher College), excellent outdoor entertainment opportunities (CMAC, canoeing/kayaking, water and snow skiing/boarding) diverse weather throughout the year, music and concerts (RPO at the Eastman Theatre, Jazz Festival, CMAC, Rochester Auditorium), 140 festivals (esp. the spring Lilac Festival, Park Avenue Festival, etc.) and museums (Eastman Photography Museum, RMSC, Memorial Art Gallery, world-class corporations (Bausch and Lomb, Kodak, Xerox) sports (Red Wings, Amerks at the Blue Cross Arena, PGA tournaments) and an excellent zoo. The weather is actually quite variable in July in Rochester: daytime temperatures are typically in the low 80’s (oF), while temperatures drop to a comfortable mid-60s in the evening.

If you plan on seeing the sights in Rochester, you might consider a tour of the Finger Lakes wineries (http://www.keukawinetrail.com/), Genesee Brewery (http://www.geneseebeer.com/) , or take a trip on the Sam Patch boat ride along the Erie Canal to see the High Falls (http://sampatch.org/) ! If you have transportation, it’s only about a 1-hour drive to the amazing Niagara Falls in Buffalo (https://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com/) ! Most of us are pretty rabid Buffalo Bills fans here, so you should be careful which NFL team you root for (LOL)!!!! If nature tickles your fancy, you could check out the RMSC Cumming Nature Center ( http://www.rmsc.org/cumming-nature-center) or check out the Genesee River (http://www.cityofrochester.gov/grt/) , where award-winning Keynote speaker, Dr. Jeffrey Wyatt, has been passionately involved in lake Sturgeon conservation efforts. For those of you that are interested in Native American History, the Gonandagon State Park (http://www.ganondagan.org/) is a wonderful way to experience the history of the Seneca people!

The food in Rochester is truly amazing! We have classic retro diners, like the Highland Park Diner (https://www.facebook.com/Highland-Park-Diner-115852435103504/), “garbage plates” at Nick Tahoes (http://garbageplate.com/), and some of the best fine dining in town at Tournedo’s (http://www.innonbroadway.com/Default.aspx?RD=2180), Rooney’s (http://www.rooneysrestaurant.com/), and Richardson’s Canal House on the historic Erie Canal (http://richardsonscanalhouse.com/)  ! And if you want a BBQ challenge, compare the ribs at the Dinosaur BBQ on the mighty Genesee River (http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/location/rochester-ny/) with those at Sticky Lips BBQ (http://stickylipsbbq.com/stickylips/) , both have live music on select evenings!

If museums, zoos, art, and history are your passion, please visit the George Eastman Museum (https://eastman.org/), a must for photography buffs, the Rochester Museum and Science Center/Strasenburgh Planetarium (http://www.rmsc.org/), the wonderful plants at the historic Lamberton Conservatory (https://www2.monroecounty.gov/parks-conservatory), the Braddock Bay Raptor Research Center (http://www.bbrr.org/), the Genesee Country Village and Museum (https://www.gcv.org/), where you can see the original log cabin of Nathaniel Rochester,  or the Mount Hope Cemetery (http://www.fomh.org ), burial site of Susan B. Anthony (http://susanbanthonyhouse.org/index.php) and Frederick Douglass (https://www.biography.com/people/frederick-douglass-9278324). Our Memorial Art Gallery is quite impressive (http://mag.rochester.edu)! The Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (http://friendsofmontezuma.org/) is about an hour drive from Rochester. Our Seneca Park zoo is small, but really quite amazing (http://senecaparkzoo.org/); our keynote speaker is the Chief Veterinarian at that facility!

You might want to catch a concert at either the Eastman Theatre’s Kodak Hall (https://www.esm.rochester.edu/concerts/halls/kodak/) or a more contemporary, open-air concert at the Constellation Brands Performing Arts Center (https://www.cmacevents.com/). One of the best and most fun ways to see our city is to take a group bicycle-peddling tour (https://www.rochesterpedaltours.com/) .

We hope that you enjoy the 2018 JMIH meetings in Rochester! Please feel free to contact me if you would like more detailed information.


Brian W. Witz, PhD.

Chair, Local Host Committee

Nazareth College

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