The other day in my post on the Cambrian Explosion conference Jerry reminded me that in 2009 we have another alternative for those of us who can't swing the trip to Bristol for SVP - the 8th Conference on Fossil Resources (or 8th Federal Fossil Conference). The last meeting was in May of 2006 in Albuquerque. The next meeting will take place May 18-21, 2009, in Saint George, Utah! They will be having workshops and field trips (I am sure those will be great, given that the area is great for paleo), with a proceedings volume being published for the meeting. There is a call for papers currently, and any that are pre-peer reviewed and submitted by November 30, 2008, will be included in the volume. "Presentations on management issues, and success stories between various organizations, individuals, and land management agencies are of particular interest."
A symposium on 'Advances in Late Cretaceous paleontology in the Escalante/Grand Staircase National Monument' and the 2009 Utah Friends of Paleontology annual meeting will be held in conjunction immediately follow the conference in the same venue (May 22-23, the Dixie Center). The meeting will be open to anyone who would like to present research findings related to the theme. This should be very interesting. So many new and awesome things have been coming out of GSENM over the past 10 years or so.
As Jerry said best: "it will be a veritable paleo lovefest for those who find the dollar-to-pounds exchange rate to be too intractable, as well as for those planning to hit Bristol anyway but just can't get enough of paleo conferences!" So check out those links and start making your plans!