2013 Annual Meeting at Knoxville

April 26-28

The Knoxville chapter invites all state TOS members to the 2013 annual meeting, to be held April 26–28. Friday night registration will be held at the conference hotel from 6–9 p.m., while Saturday afternoon meetings and the Saturday banquet will be hosted at the Knoxville Zoo, located off I-40 at Exit 392. Half-price tickets to the zoo for Saturday afternoon are available by mail-in, advance purchase only.

Banquet and Program

Saturday, April 27
We are pleased to announce that the speaker for the Saturday banquet will be Dr. Jim Tucker. Currently Professor of Educational Psychology at UTC, Jim founded the American Birding Association in 1968 to bridge the gap between recreational birders and scientists. He has a wealth of birding experience to share, including Big Days with Roger Tory Peterson. The menu for the banquet includes Caesar salad, spinach lasagna, chicken Alfredo, herb roasted potatoes, garlic bread, and dessert.

Field Trips

All field trips will leave from the headquarters hotel at 7:00 AM.

Saturday, April 27
Sharp’s Ridge continuing to another spot at discretion of the trip leader.  Target birds will be spring migrants, particularly wood warblers.  Trip leader will be Mark Campen.

Cove Lake State Park and Cross Mountain.  Target birds will be Golden-winged Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler plus other spring migrants and waterfowl on Cove Lake.  Trip leader will be Tony Headrick.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Sugarlands, Alum Cave Bluff Trail, Newfound Gap, Clingmans Dome.  Those desiring to go to the business meetings can drop out anytime after the Alum Cave Bluff trail.  Co-leaders will be Chris Welsh and Kevin Burke.

Norris Dam area and Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery - starting at Clear Creek near the Grist Mill, then to the Songbird Trail and finally to the Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery.  Target birds for Clear Creek would be Louisiana Waterthrush, Acadian Flycatcher (marginally early but possible) and Kentucky Warbler.  The Songbird Trail targets include spring migrants as well as waterfowl on the Clinch River.  Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery targets would be migrating waterfowl and possible shore birds.  Trip leader will be Chuck Nicholson. 

Sunday, April 28

Sharp’s Ridge continuing to another spot at discretion of the trip leader.  Target birds will be spring migrants, particularly wood warblers.  Trip leader will be Chuck Nicholson.

Cove Lake State Park and Cross Mountain.  Target birds will be Golden-winged, Blue-winged, and Cerulean Warblers plus other spring migrants and waterfowl on Cove Lake.  Trip leader will be Harold Howell.

Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge, including bird banding. Mist netting and bird-banding has been conducted on SIWR for 9 years, year-round for the past 6 years.  Over 150 species of birds have been identified at the refuge.  The nets will be set up in early successional and fencerow habitats.   We are hoping to catch some later migrants (mainly warblers and sparrows) and other grassland birds (Field Sparrows and possibly Grasshopper Sparrows).  When the banding demonstration is complete, we will explore the remainder of the Refuge along paved roads or mowed trails to other habitat areas.  Trip leaders will be Mark Armstrong and Justine Cucchiara.

Oak Ridge Reservation.  The Oak Ridge Reservation is a large Department of Energy facility, parts of which are a wildlife management area managed in partnership with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.  We will visit several public trails and areas that annually support a wonderful diverse bird population.  Short walks of less than a mile will be needed in the target areas.  Expected birds include: warblers (such as Blue-winged, Prairie, Northern Parula, Louisiana Waterthrush, Kentucky, Yellow-breasted Chat), Indigo Bunting, Tanagers, and various sparrows.  Trip leaders will be Chuck and Lola Estes. 

Lodging

The conference hotel is the Clarion Inn, 5634 Merchant Center Boulevard (I-75, exit 108). A block of rooms is reserved at a discounted rate of $62.00 plus taxes per night for a choice of a room with either two double beds or one king size bed. A free continental breakfast is included. Make your reservations for the hotel by April 10 by calling (865) 687-8989 and mentioning “TOS” for the discounted rate. All field trips will leave from the Clarion Inn.

There are several other hotels in the immediate vicinity of the Clarion Inn.

Contact Information

For additional information, contact Billie Cantwell, Bfcantwell@comcast.net.

Registration

Please complete the form below and send it to KTOS by April 10.

Name(s) ______________________________________________
Address ______________________________________________
_____________________________________________________

TOS Chapter: _________________________

Are you an officer? If yes, please indicate office________________________

$______ for ____Registrations @ $10 each
$______ for ____Dinner Reservations @ $22 each
$______ for ____Child’s Dinner Reservations (age 12 & under) @ $10 each
$______ for ____Saturday afternoon Zoo tickets, adult @ $10 each
$______ for ____Saturday afternoon Zoo tickets, child @ $7 each

$______Total amount enclosed. Make Check payable to KTOS

Mail registration form and check to:
Carole Gobert
1304 Barcelona Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37923

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