Entomology 2011 Venue & Tours

Reno, Nevada – The Biggest Little City in the World

From exploring old mines to mining the slot machines, you’ll not lack for things to see and do in Reno! This year’s Annual Meeting takes you to Reno, Nevada, where business and adventure share a common address.

Reno-Tahoe is a premier four-season destination with an abundance of traveler opportunities, including golf, skiing, exciting cultural activities, historical attractions?all in addition to the gaming and entertainment for which the region is traditionally known. What began as a small community built to serve westward travelers in the mid-1800s has become a bustling city that acts as the gateway to outdoor adventure in Nevada. Within an hour's drive, there are 15 ski resorts, 50 golf courses, Lake Tahoe, the state capital Carson City, thousands of biking and hiking trails, several lakes that are ideal for fishing and boating, and the entire length of the Truckee River, which runs right through the center of Reno's downtown. Couple those activities with Reno's hotels and casinos, plus a growing nightlife, and you have the perfect place to enjoy the meeting while taking advantage of activities and recreation.

Reno Tahoe International Airport (RNO) welcomes all the major carriers from around the U.S. each day, with many non-stops and arrival times to select from. The airport is a model of smooth operations recognized as the fifth most efficient airport in North America by the Air Transportation Research Society.

ESA’s 59th Annual Meeting takes place at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, a spacious and convenient venue located downtown. The two official hotels will be the Atlantis Hotel and Casino and the Peppermill Hotel and Casino. Housing (and Registration) will open on July 6, 2011.

The Governor of Nevada and the cities of Reno and Sparks Mayors welcome ESA!


ESA is pleased to offer two optional tours during your visit to Reno:

Virginia City Tour and Downtown Reno

Monday, November 14, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, $46.00 per person.

Note that the tour bus will pick up at the following schedule/locations:

9:45am - Atlantis porte cache area; 10:00am - Peppermill valet area.

Our tour of Reno begins by taking you away from the noise and lights of the gaming district to some of the most interesting sights in Reno. Enjoy seeing the Reno Arch, learning the history of the Lake Street Bridge, the architecture of many of the unique buildings, and the beauty of the downtown Truckee River. Then on to Virginia City. Established in 1859, Virginia City became the richest mining town in the world. San Francisco was built from the mines of the Comstock, and the Civil War was partially financed from the gold and silvers discovered beneath the city. Participants will see the famous Delta Saloon, bearing Virginia City’s oldest business name, dating back more than 100 years to 1862. Here you’ll view the Suicide Table, so called after three owners committed suicide due to crushing house losses incurred while gambling. Lunch is included at a local Virginia City restaurant, and you’ll have time to shop and explore Virginia City on your own. Today, Virginia City is remarkably the same as it was during its heyday, with wooden sidewalks, restored mansions, “Old West” saloons, the Piper Opera House, and mine tours. 

Mustangs, Myths, and Scourges

Thursday, November 17, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, $30.00 per person.

Note that the tour bus will pick up at the following schedule/locations:

8:45am - Atlantis porte cache area; 9:00am - Peppermill valet area.  Please bring your luggage with you if you wish to be dropped off at the airport after the tour.


Begin with a drive on Pyramid Lake Highway, traveling north through the beautiful Nevada desert. Your first stop is the National Wild Horse and Burros Center at Palomino Valley, where wild horses are captured and cared for by the Bureau of Land Management before being auctioned to the public. You’ll learn firsthand how the animals are captured, how they receive veterinary care, and are separated by gender in the corrals before the auction.

Next you will travel through the breeding ground and migration area of the legendary Mormon Cricket.  Conditions permitting, the tour will include a stop to look for eggs or nymph of this fascinating insect.

Then it’s off to discover Pyramid Lake, which is located on the Paiute Indian reservation. Pyramid Lake has a bigger surface area than Lake Tahoe, with far fewer residents. The journey getting to the lake is half the fun, as Route 33 winds through some of the most dramatic desert scenery in all of Nevada. When you reach the reservation, watch for the spectacular moment when the deep sapphire color of Pyramid Lake comes into view. Participants will view The Pyramid and Anaho Island, a refuge that was established by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913 as a sanctuary for colonial nesting birds, primarily American White Pelicans. It now also provides nesting habitats for Double Crested Cormorants, California Gulls, Great Blue Herons, Black-Crowned Heron and Caspian Terns. To provide a secure environment, the Island is closed to the public and boating is prohibited within 500 feet. Before heading home, you’ll have time to visit the Pyramid Lake Museum and Visitors Center, where you will see displays of historical and pre-historic tribal artifacts. On the way, you’ll witness the tufa formations that are made of calcium carbonate deposits formed by precipitation over hot springs.

Register for tours while registering to attend Entomology 2011.

Here are some additional websites for more information on Reno:

Restaurants in Reno

Visit Reno-Tahoe

Reno Bus Schedule

Reno Government

Reno Wikipedia

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Peppermill Resort & Casino