Today is Friday, March 27, 2015

Next Meeting of the Audubon Society of Missouri



ASM fall and spring meetings are the highlight of the birding year for many.  As details are finalized you can read about the next meeting below. When we're ready to go, click on the button to register for a great time.


ASM Spring Meeting at St. Louis

4/24/2015 - 4/26/2015




Hosted by St. Louis Audubon Society, Saint Louis, Missouri

All birders are invited to participate in the 2015 ASM Spring Meeting. This year's meeting is being hosted by the St. Louis Audubon Society. The meeting will be held April 24th through April 26th.  The deadline for registration is Monday, April 6, 2015.


St. Louis Audubon is celebrating its 100th Anniversary  in 2015 by hosting the  Audubon Society of Missouri's  Spring Meeting. Rich in heritage and tradition, this anniversary  theme will be carried out during the weekend.  We are thrilled that  you will be joining us for this most exciting season for birds in  Saint Louis, the Spring.  Our local and ASM leaders will be leading  field trips to some of the most prized locations for migrants in the  state of Missouri.   We will also spend Friday evening at the  Audubon Center at Riverlands, one of St. Louis Audubon  and ASM's most valued partners.  Thank you for attending,  and we hope you have a wonderful weekend birding with us!

The headquarters hotel will be the Holiday Inn St. Louis-Forest Park, 5915 Wilson Ave, St. Louis, MO., at the Hampton exit of Hwy 44. Field trips will leave from the parking lot of the Holiday Inn; and a banquet room, the Venetian, will be used for registration and other meeting functions.

The following hotels at the same exit are holding blocks of room under the name "ASM Spring Meeting" until March 30th.  Please make your hotel reservations by the deadline for releasing the rooms:  March 30th. You are free to make reservations at other hotels if you wish.

  • Holiday Inn St. Louis-Forest Park * 1 King Bed, or 2 Double Beds-$149+tax/night; Single Queen Bed--$135+tax/night, Phone: 314-645-0700314-645-0700, Click here to make online reservations
  • Red Roof Plus St. Louis/Forest Park * Thurs. $89.24+tax, Fri & Sat $114.74+tax /night Block Code:  B135ASM423, Phone: 1-800-874-90001-800-874-9000 FREE

  • Drury Inn & Suites Forest Park * 2 Queen or 1 King Bed, $179.99+tax/night, 
    Phone: 314-646-0770314-646-0770Click here to make online reservations.



REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 6, 2015

The $60 registration fee (students $30) covers all field trips; the Friday night welcoming party at the Audubon Center at Riverlands with heavy hors d'oeuvres & cash bar, program, and silent auction; and the Saturday night picnic barbeque at Tower Grove Park--with entertainment, beer & wine, an owl program, and owl prowl.

The St. Louis hosting committee prefers not to organize the field trips via the registration form, but to take care of that after everyone arrives there in April.There will be plenty of field trip opportunities for everyone.

All field trips will leave from the host hotel, the Holiday Inn, Hampton & Highway 44 exit. For those interested, there will be field trips available Friday morning. Box lunches will be available for purchase to take with you on all day trips. There is extensive hiking involved and bug repellent may be necessary.

Official registration check-in begins on Friday, April 24, at 3:00 pm. at the Holiday Inn.  Proceed on your own to the Friday night program at the Audubon Center at Riverlands, Highway 367 at the Alton Bridge, which will begin at 4:30 pm. Please consider bringing an item to donate to the silent auction. If you have something you are willing to contribute, please contact Mary Dueren (mary.dueren@gmail.com) at your earliest convenience. 


FIELD TRIP LOCATIONS


MORNING, 1/2 DAY TRIPS:  Meet in the Holiday Inn parking lot
                                         
TOWER GROVE PARK:  Within a ten minute drive from the host hotel, Tower Grove Park is considered the best location for Eastern Warblers in the State of Missouri.  A number of leaders will take small groups on 1/2 day trips Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings so that all attendees will be able to visit this prized location.

FOREST PARK:  Also within a ten minute drive from the host hotel, Forest Park is close to Tower Grove Park in the number of warblers and migrants seen each Spring.  The terrain is forested and hilly compared to Tower Grove Park. Trips will leave early from the host hotel on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday mornings to visit this location.

CARONDOLET PARK:  Close to the host hotel, morning trips will explore the varied terrain of this very old South Saint Louis Park looking for warblers and other Spring migrants.   Less visited than Tower Grove Park or Forest Park, it is a favorite of local birders.

CASTLEWOOD STATE PARK:  Only a 20 minute drive from the host hotel, Castlewood is located along the Meramac River and hosts some species of migrants not regularly seen at the city parks such as Cerulean, Worm-eating & Prothonotary Warbler.  The creek that runs through the park also attracts a number of species.  There is more hiking involved with this 1/2 day trip over a variety of terrains.


ALL DAY TRIPS:  Meet in the Holiday Inn parking lot


BOX LUNCHES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE TO TAKE WITH YOU ON ALL DAY TRIPS. THERE IS EXTENSIVE HIKING INVOLVED AND BUG REPELLANT MAY BE NECESSARY.

BUSCH CONSERVATION AREA/WELDON SPRINGS LOST VALLEY TRAIL:  A 45 minute drive from the host hotel, Busch Conservation Area has a variety of habitat to explore.  Lost Valley Trail has migrants such as Wood & other Thrushs,  flycatchers, possible Cerulean, Worm-eating, Blue-winged, Hooded and Kentucky Warblers.  Hiking will be involved over wooded terrain.


SHAW NATURE RESERVE:  A 45 minute drive from the host hotel, wild flowers will be blooming and sparrows such as Henslow and Grasshopper are usually nesting.  Red-headed Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebirds,  nesting Red-shouldered Hawks, & Scarlet Tanagers are 
some of the birds often seen here.  Hiking will be involved over a variety of terrains.


POSSIBLE AFTERNOON TRIPS:   

COLUMBIA BOTTOM CONSERVATION AREA

RIVERLANDS MIGRATORY BIRD SANCTUARY



REGISTRATION  FORM

Deadline April 6th

Make checks payable to Audubon Society of Missouri
Mail to the treasurer:  Pat Lueders
  1147 Hawken Pl., Saint Louis, MO  63119
  pllueders479@aol.com

Name(s):  ________________________________________

Address:  ________________________________________

City/State/Zip: ____________________________________

Telephone Number:  _______________________________

Email Address: ___________________________________

Registration Fee (includes field trips, Friday and Saturday
programs, Saturday evening banquet)

$60. Per person X  _______= ________

$30.  Students  X  _______=_________

Children under 12  ______=  Free

TOTAL  ENCLOSED  $__________