2018 Annual Meeting In Chattanooga

April 20-22 - A Learning Adventure

The Chattanooga chapter invites you to join it for the Annual Spring TOS Meeting April 20, 21, and 22, 2018 on Chattanooga’s burgeoning Southside.  Meeting registration and Friday evening reception will be held at the pavilion of The Crash Pad boutique hostel off Main Street, as will a Sunday afternoon compilation of bird sightings.  The annual membership meeting and banquet on Saturday evening will be held at The Well venue 3 blocks to the south.  A variety of field trips on Saturday and Sunday mornings will showcase local birding hotspots.

Lodging

The meeting will be based at The Crash Pad boutique hostel, 29 Johnson St., Chattanooga, 37408, (423) 648-8393, in the City's Southside neighborhood. This is a lodge-type accommodation featuring enclosed bunks as well as private double rooms on an inexpensive hostel budget ($30-75, with possible additional discount based on occupancy). Breakfast is included.  Please visit their website for photos and details. (tip: click on Talk to Us, and read FAQs).  Local TOS chapter hosts will be staying on-site.

For the less adventurous, the Days Inn Lookout Mountain West, 3801 Cummkings Highway, (423) 954-7644, 3 miles away in the Lookout Valley area at the intersection of I-24 and Cummings Highway, will host TOS members for approximately $89/night. Call between 7 AM and 3:30 PM and ask for Carolyn. They are holding a block of rooms for us, but be advised that, if you book early, a lower rate might be found using an online travel site such as Trivago, Expedia, or TripAdvisor.

Other nearby hotels in Lookout Valley include:
Red Roof Inn, approximately $85/night
Comfort Inn and Suites, approximately $95/night
Country Inn and Suites, approximately $125/night
La Quinta, approximately $129/night

The Chattanooga Choo-Choo hotel in downtown Chattanooga is one block from The Crash Pad. Rooms are approximately $159/night in the hotel section and $189/night in the Pullman train cars.

Field Trips

Field trips will be held Saturday and Sunday mornings. Explore a variety of habitats with local guides including the Tennessee River, north Georgia, the Chattanooga Nature Center, and a challenging Lookout Mountain hike. Sign up for the field trips at the Friday evening reception.

Board of Directors Meeting

The Board of Directors meeting will be at 2 PM Saturday at The Crash Pad pavilion or an alternate indoor venue.

Banquet

The banquet will be held Saturday evening, beginning at 5 PM, at The Well, 1800 Rossville Avenue, Suite 110. This is three blocks south of The Crash Pad. Vegetatian options will be available. The guest speaker will be J. Christopher Haney, PhD, President and Founder of Terra Mar Applied Sciences, LLC, which focuses on conservation-oriented biological research carried out in the public interest. “Dr. Haney’s expertise straddles the fields of marine science, climate change, wildlife biology, ecosystem management, and conservation policy.” Some may know him as an author on the Defenders of Wildlife blog. His presentation will highlight ecosystem management and seabird conservation.

Compilation

Share your weekend birding results at the compilation Sunday at noon at The Crash Pad pavilion.

Contact Information

For more information contact Danny Gaddy, CTOS President, (423) 316-5647, gaddy@catt.com.

Registration

For registration, print out this form, fill it out, and mail it and your registration fee to Gary Lanham at the address on the form.

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