To register for the ATS 2003 conference in Carlsbad, NM, visit the ATS website home page and follow the registration link:
This year's featured guests: Andrew Smith, Rick West, Brent Hendrixson
ANDREW SMITH'S PRESENTATION - ATS 2003 CONVENTION Carlsbad, NM
1) Two 90 minute or two 60 minute slide lectures based on Andrew's new Poecilotheria book, which is in preparation. He wants to develop and explore the full theme of his book, which includes -
* Poecilotheria spiders of Sri Lanka.
* Poecilotheria spiders of India.
2) Andrew will present color slides garnered from four field trips - plus additional slides by Europe's top spider photographer - Monsieur Cleton.
3) The presentation will contain original archive research information, exploring the history of the genus from the 1750s, the personalities of the scientists, the collectors, taxonomy, selective examples of behaviour and adaptation, conservation status and the local folklore and mythology, which was gathered in hundreds of interviews. Andrew will tie all of this to Britains' Imperial past.
Andrew has located, drawn and dissected all of the surviving type material in museums all over the world. Time permitting he will demonstrate and discuss the diagnostic differences between the species - This may be accomplished in a small workshop for those interested in taxonomy.
RICK WEST'S TOPICS INCLUDE:
A slide presentation with narration of unusual tarantulas and their habitats, including Cameroon "spider divination" where tribal sorcerers use live Hysterocrates spp. in their rituals.
For raffle, Rick West is donating his ERMA dissection microscope; complete with carrying case and extra optics from 2x up to 15x.
There will be an amazing array of raffle prizes, including tarantulas of many species, other inverts, complete cage setups, and much more.
Field trips will be ongoing throughout the days and nights. This is your chance to go collecting with the ATS and our celebrated guests.
Dealers, collectors, and enthusiasts from everywhere will take this opportunity to gather in Carlsbad. It's a great experience and lots of fun.
June is coming quickly....register today!
Rhys & everyone on the ATS staff