The AMOY Working Group will hold its 18th annual meeting in Grand Isle, Louisiana. Grand Isle, the only inhabited barrier island in the state, survived Katrina and Rita in 2005 and the BP Oil Spill in 2010. It’s also a tremendous place to observe bird migration, with a beautiful tract of remnant oak/hackberry forest. Today, the island is home to around 1,500 locals, who make a living from the seafood and oil industries. More than 12,000 tourists visit the island annually to participate in fishing rodeos and enjoy the wide-open beaches and countless bird sightings.
The meeting will take place Nov. 5-8 at the LDWF Grand Isle Fisheries Research Lab
QUICK REFERENCE LINKS:
November 4 – Travel day for folks attending the WIPL WG meeting on Monday
November 5 – Travel day & WIPL WG meeting
November 6-7 – AMOY WG Meetings
November 8 – Field trip
Please RSVP HERE. This is where you sign up & pay for:
- Meeting attendance (no registration fee but please register if you’re coming)
- Lodging at LDWF (see Lodging below – Option 1)
- Shared meals (optional; see Meals below)
Airports – can we provide links to the airports?
- Need a lift? Have room to spare in your vehicle? PLEASE SEE OUR SHARED RIDES/LODGING FORUM
- Renting a car/driving down?
- Be aware: you will have to pay a toll on LA-1 south of Leeville (southbound only). Currently $3.75 for regular 2-axle vehicle (see prices here). Right lane = cash, credit; left lane is GeauxPass only.
- Rides on Grand Isle: It will be easiest if folks are willing to share rides throughout the week. However, if you think this will be an issue, contact Jessica: 978-302-1024 or email@example.com.
Option 1: Free dormitory-style lodging is available at the LDWF lab. You’ll have access to shared bathrooms and kitchen space. (We’ll also use the kitchen for meeting snacks, so please keep it tidy.)
The price is right, but please be aware of the following policies:
- ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL ON THE PREMISES. Sorry folks.
- Linens are NOT provided! Please bring your own sheets, pillows, and towels.
- See this link for complete list of rules for guests staying at LDWF lab. This is a workplace as well as a dorm, so they expect guests to behave appropriately.
- To sign up to stay at LDWF dorms, please select this option when you fill out the registration form. I do need a headcount in advance.
Option 2: Pick your own lodging option (please make your own reservations).
There are a variety of places to stay, all with their own local character. Most establishments try to squeeze as many beds as possible into a room/rental, so they tend to be suite- or cabin-style; however, this is generally the “low” season so prices aren’t too bad, especially if you share with a friend. Some places do require security deposits, cleaning fees, etc, so if your agency doesn’t allow this be sure to ask about those details when you book your room.
Below are a few options we’ve arranged to make your search easier.
**If you are interested in sharing lodging to bring costs down, please visit our SHARED RIDES/LODGING FORUM to find potential roommates.**
- Wateredge Beach Resort:
- Options: Twelve 2-bedroom apartments with kitchens; one single, no kitchen; 1 beach house: 3 bedrooms, 4 beds, 2 baths, kitchen
- Walking distance to LDWF lab, Starfish and Yum restaurants, Sureway grocery store
- ROOM BLOCK INFO: 8 2-bedroom apartments reserved under “AMOY.” Call Sheryl: 985-787-2329
- Group rate: $100/night/apt + tax (about $112.75/night). If needed, attendees sharing accomodations can get split receipts for their accounting.
- Bridgeside Marina
- Cabin rentals range from $80-$250/night. Most have multiple beds, so sharing is recommended.
- Beach side camps also available, $275-300/night, 2-3 bedrooms, sleep 6-10
- Sun & Sand cabins/motel
- Cabins (6) have 2 bedrooms plus 1-2 twin beds in living area
- Hurricane Hole (same place as our Tuesday night dinner)
- Multiple condo-style options, sleeping 3-5 comfortably. Call for rates and photos: 985-787-2747
- Access to beach pavilion, pool, gym
- Cleaning fees & security deposits may apply. Able to split receipts.
See this link for additional lodging options.
There are several restaurants and a grocery store on the island, and everyone is welcome to do their own thing when it comes to meals. However, Jessica will be personally coordinating snacks & some meals for those who would prefer to avoid the hassle. Dinner on Tuesday night will be our “family” meal so we hope you will join us! Please choose which meals/snack options you want on your registration form, then pay for food via Eventbrite or send Jessica a check by October 22 (see address below). Prices include sales tax & gratuity; Eventbrite does have an additional per-meal upcharge.
Light breakfast, snacks, coffee Tues & Wed at LDWF: $10 *We expect that most of us will probably contribute to this, but if you won’t, you may opt-out on the registration form.
- Lunch: chicken & sausage gumbo, vegetarian red beans, potato salad, green salad & beverages $15.50
- “FAMILY DINNER” @ Hurricane Hole: shrimp mosca, jambalaya pasta salad, veggie entrée, salad, veggie sides, bread pudding, & (nonalcoholic) beverages, $23. (Cash bar probable.)
- Lunch: wraps with chips, drinks, $14. Wrap options: cheese quesadilla (vegetarian), fiesta wrap (chicken, sour cream, cheese, salsa), buffalo chicken wrap (chicken, buffalo sauce, lettuce, cheese), Muffuletta wrap
- Dinner ON YOUR OWN
- Bag lunch for field trip includes poboy (sandwich), chips, beverage $13. Poboy options: ham & cheese, roast beef, chicken salad, veggie
Field trip (Thursday Nov 8)
- Location: several options, potential to see multiple sites… more info to come
- Boat trips: sites vary; may include: Queen Bess Island, Fifi Island, other barrier islands, marsh/bay islands, West Belle Pass, etc. We will try to scout for AMOY ahead of time, but make no promises of AMOY sightings. However, we will see cool things regardless!
- Ground trips: Restored beach (Elmer’s Isle), Landbird trip (driving & walking) to TNC tracts, Exxon fields, Grand Isle State Park, etc
Meeting host team:
Jessica Schulz (chair), U.S. Geological Survey
700 Cajundome Blvd.
Lafayette, LA 70506
978-302-1024 *For any questions or issues, please call!
Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Thibodaux, LA
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, Grand Chenier, LA