The MES usually holds its annual meeting in late spring or early summer. These meetings are fun gatherings for members of differing abilities, talents, interests, and educational backgrounds. Although short formal presentations are given, there is always ample opportunity for good conversation, comraderie, and a chance to share our knowledge. Depending on the location of the annual meeting, informal evening or day collecting trips are another enjoyable activity.

The Society also hosts various informal meetings and collecting trips as interest and time allows. A mid-winter "Breaking Diapause" party has been an effective way to break the winter doldrums and dream of days of summer breezes.




63rd Annual MES Meeting

August 25-27, 2017

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings, MI


Greetings everyone! We will be holding our 63rd MES Annual Meeting at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute (PCCI), located just south of Hastings, Michigan, from Friday August 25th through Sunday morning, August 27th, 2017. PCCI is an amazing nature reserve and August at PCCI is a fantastic time to collect arthropods of all persuasions and just enjoy Nature at its golden end-of-summer finest. The 740-acre Institute, located just 25 miles from Grand Rapids, provides visitors with a unique exposure to a rare blend of diverse habitats including fens, bogs, swamps, marshes, streams, lakes, old fields, primary and secondary forests, and established reconstructed prairies.

The meeting itself, as well as housing and meals will be available on site. Our invited Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Matthew Aardema [a graduate of both Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) and MSU]. Matt is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The tentative title of Matt’s talk is “Unraveling Evolutionary Processes in Neotropical Milkweed Butterflies.”

The PCCI property is diverse but its biodiversity is still largely unknown. Feel free to bring your gear and collect arthropods on the property (including wetlands) along the 9 miles of groomed trails. Many more details on the habitats found at PCCI are found at: <>.

Click on the link below to download the meeting form and information.

2017 Annual Meeting Registration





last updated 4/27/2016