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Sharp’s Ridge Clean-Up

Sharp's Ridge Memorial Park is one of the premier birding spots in the Knoxville area. It is also the site of the J. B. Owen overlook, named after a long-term leader of the Knoxville birding community. In 2004, KTOS formally adopted the park as a litter-free area and has since held yearly clean-up days to collect trash, remove invasive plans, and maintain interpretive signage.

Clean-up days (typically in April and October) will be announced in the newsletter and on the front page of our website. All are encouraged to come out and help maintain this urban birding jewel!

Sharps Ridge City Cleanup Sign
KTOS and City of Knoxville litter-free sign.

April 2011 clean-up crew at Sharp's Ridge.

J. B. Owen Memorial Award

The purpose of the J.B. Owen Memorial Fund is to honor the memory of J.B. Owen (1916 – 2001), longtime TOS member and columnist known to thousands in East Tennessee through his columns in Knoxville newspapers.  The Fund provides money for the annual J.B. Owen Award, which is to be used to support a project that promotes the welfare and conservation of birds in Tennessee. The expected value of the award may range from $350 to $750 per year.

For more information about the award and how to apply, click here.