The symposium will be held July 20-23 (Wednesday through Saturday), 2011, in Tucson, Arizona.
Tucson Marriott University Park, Tucson, Arizona
As one of the oldest continually inhabited areas in North America, Hohokam Indians lived and farmed the Tucson region for 4,000 years before Spanish missionaries and soldiers arrived in the late 1600s. Tucson was officially founded in 1776 and, though formerly a part of Mexico, officially became part of the United States in 1854.
Tucson is situated in a Sonoran Desert valley surrounded by five mountain ranges. These mountains, with diverse habitats including coniferous forests, are often called "sky islands" because each range is like an isolated island rising above the sea of desert. Tucson's superb location gives ready access to the spectacular desert, canyon, and mountain habitats that harbor the highest diversity of rattlesnakes north of Mexico. Although the city boasts an average of 350 sunny days a year and warm, dry air, the symposium will take place near the start of the monsoon season, which triggers considerable activity by snakes and other fauna.
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