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Dipterists Society

An International Society for Dipterology

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Dipterists Society

Field Meetings

Western Washington, 15-19 July 2024

Please join the Dipterists Society for its 2024 Field Meeting being held 15-19 July at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Located approximately an hour south of SeaTac airport (a major airline hub).

To register for the Field Meeting now, please use our online registration platform by clicking the button below

The Evergreen State College campus grounds are covered by nearly 1000 acres (400 hectares) of coastal forest with frontage on Eld Inlet of Puget Sound. The site also gives access to many nearby collecting locations, including sphagnum bogs, Olympic Mountain rainforests, and prairie. Permits for collecting in the Olympic National Forest and other sites are available.

Western Washington is ecologically diverse, with montane, lowland, and coastal elements, and relatively easy access to the arid Columbia basin west of the Cascades. This has resulted in high taxonomic diversity in many Diptera groups in the region, including many undescribed or otherwise poorly known taxa, making the area of special interest for Dipterists. In addition to fieldwork, participants are encouraged to submit presentations for a series of 10-15 minute talks sharing current research. More information about the meeting and site is available in Fly Times 71 (Fall 2023).

Registration includes lodging, as well as breakfast and dinner each day! The Evergreen State College is supplying the suite style rooms, meals, and the event facilities.

Note that parking is not covered and can be purchased on site separately ($6/vehicle/day).

  • Regular registration is $510/per person (open through 30 April).
  • Student registration is $350/person (open through 30 June).
  • Late registration is $600/per person (from 1 May 1 through 30 June).
  • Please contact the organizers if you want to register after 30 June.

Travel Grants

For dipterists seeking help to cover registration or additional travel support, we can support a limited number through the travel grants program of the Dipterists Society. If interested, please visit the Travel Grants tab at the Society Grants & Awards page for details and how to submit an application.

The deadline for grant applications is 31 March 2024, and successful applicants will be informed in April prior to the regular registration deadline. Applications are open to all dipterists planning to attend the Field Meeting, but student applicants will be given priority.

You do not need to be a member to attend the Society's meetings or to apply for one of our travel grants, but we encourage you to join as a member, or to consider providing support. Our society relies completely on memberships and donations, so every member and every supporter is important!

Further announcements will be made here and through our Dipterists mailing list server. Please feel free to contact the organizers with any questions.


Seventeenth: 2022, 13–17 June [postponed from 2021 due to Covid-19 global pandemic] — Lighthouse Center for Natural Resources Education, New Jersey Pinelands, New Jersey
Organized by Jon Gelhaus
Report in Fly Times 69: 52-61

Sixteenth: 2019, 3–7 June — Bull Shoals Field Station, Ozark Plateau, Missouri
Organized by Greg Courtney & David Bowles
Report in Fly Times 63: 39-44

Fifteenth: 2017, 26–30 June — Lubrecht Experimental Forest near Missoula, Montana
Organized by Andrew Fasbender
Report in Fly Times 59: 51-57

Fourteenth: 2015, 7–11 June — Living on the Edge cabin, Red River Gorge, Kentucky
Organized by Greg Dahlem, with assistance from John Stireman & Ron DeBry
Report in Fly Times 55: 46-50

Thirteenth: 2013, 17–20 May — Mississippi Entomological Museum, Starkville, Mississippi
Organized by Richard Brown
No report in Fly Times

Twelfth: 2011, 7–11 June — BYU Timpanogos Lodge, near Sundance, Utah
Organized by Greg Courtney & David Bowles
Report in Fly Times 47: 25-32

Eleventh: 2009, 1–4 June — College of the Redwoods, Crescent City, California
Organized by Peter Kerr, with assistance from Steve Gaimari & Martin Hauser
Report in Fly Times 43: 25-26

Tenth: 2007, 13–16 August — Western New Mexico University, Silver City, New Mexico
Organized by Jim O'Hara
Report in Fly Times 39: 3-5

Ninth: 2005, 5–9 August — Malheur Field Station, Harney County, Oregon
Organized by Greg Courtney
Report in Fly Times 35: 2-5, as well as on the Courtney Lab website

Eighth: 2003, 16–20 May — Hocking Hills State Park, Hocking County, Ohio
Organized by Greg Dahlem
Report in Fly Times 31: 3-4

Seventh: 2001, 30 May–4 June — Sul Ross University, Alpine, Texas
Organized by Frank French
Report in Fly Times 27: 4-5

Sixth: 1999, 24–28 May — Camp Broadstone, Boone, Blue Ridge Mtns., North Carolina
Organized by Brian Wiegmann
Report in Fly Times 23: 3-4

Fifth: 1997, 3–7 May — New Ebenezer Retreat and Conference Center, Rincon, Georgia
Organized by Dan Hagan
Report in Fly Times 19: 4

Fourth: 1995, 1–5 August — San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica
Organized by Monty Wood & Manuel Zumbado
Report in Fly Times 15: 8

Third: 1993, Piney Woods Conservation Center, near Lufkin, Texas
Organized by Darlene Judd & Brian Brown
Report in Fly Times 11: 2

Second: 1991, 31 May–2 June — Southwestern Research Station, Portal, Arizona
Organized by Brian Brown, David Grimaldi & Steve Marshall
Report in Fly Times 7: 2-3

First: 1989, Archbold Biological Station, Lake Placid, Florida
Organized by Steve Marshall, Chris Thompson & Mark Deyrup
Report in Fly Times 3: 3