2005 ANNUAL MEETING
April 29 - May 1, Memphis
The Tennessee Ornithological Society 2005 Annual
Meeting was held in Memphis April 29 - May 1. The meeting was
hosted by the Memphis Chapter, which celebrated its 75th anniversary
during the meeting. It was also the 90th anniversary of the
As usual, highlights included the field trips
and the banquet. Major field trip destinations were Ensley Bottoms/Earth
Complex (a.k.a. the "pits"), Shelby Farms and Shelby Forest.
Some highlights of the field trips shown below, clockwise from
top left, included the rare Yellow-headed Blackbird and Harris'
Sparrow and regular Memphis-area specialties Painted Bunting
and Black-necked Stilt. Several attendees added new birds to
their life and state lists. Click here
for the meeting bird list compiled by Rob Peeples. Thanks to
field trip leaders Rob, Dick Preston and Van Harris.
The banquet included a personal reminiscence by
Fred Carney of his sighting of a family of Ivory Billed Woodpeckers
in 1938. The main speaker, Paul Baicich, encouraged us to address
bird-related issues as a group. In particular, he encouraged
the purchase of Duck Stamps and support of land conservation
efforts which will help preserve habitat for birds. We also
awarded Distinguished Service Awards to 3 members, Nelle Moore
and Theresa Graham of Memphis, and Tony Koella of Knoxville.
Due to health reasons, Tony was unable to attend and his award
will be presented to him at an upcoming Knoxville Chapter meeting.
Nelle Moore (left) and Theresa Graham
(right) receiving Distinguished Service Awards from Virginia
Reynolds and Jim Ferguson.
In the business meeting, the first dues increase
in many years was considered and approved. The presentation
by Ron Hoff, Chairman of the Finance Committee and Mac McWherter,
Treasurer was the result of many hours of hard work by the committee
and clearly stated the need for the increase. We established
the TOS Publication Committee to address publication issues
and serve as a source for consultation to the editors. One of
their first projects will be the proposed digitization of back
issues of The Migrant. A new slate of officers was elected
with the exception of secretary.
Group Portrait. Click here
to see a high resolution version (730 kb).
Above left: Incoming TOS President Danny Gaddy, Fred
Carney, and outgoing TOS President Virginia Reynolds
cutting the anniversary cake. Right: "No, the third
bush from the left!"
As the new TOS President, I am fortunate to be
working with such intelligent, capable, dedicated people. I
encourage us to remember the strength in numbers and to know
that we can do more with a concerted team effort. In an all-volunteer
organization, everyone needs to do their part based on their
skills and interests. I invite you to become more involved in
TOS at the local and state levels. You might serve as an officer
in your local chapter, become a state director (or just attend
a state meeting), or volunteer for one of the state committees.
Please help by providing input into future issues addressed
by the organization. Together we make quite a team! Thanks again
to all who made the Spring Meeting such a success!
Hope to see you this fall in Greeneville,
Danny Gaddy, TOS President
Photo credits: Yellow-headed Blackbird,
Harris' Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, group portrait - Dan Mooney;
Black-necked Stilt, Painted Bunting, Solitary Sandpiper, Sora
- Harold Howell; Wilson's Phalarope, Distinguished Service Award
presentations, cake cutting,and field trip group - Ron Hoff.