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, March 30, 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
- Red Roof Plus St. Louis/Forest Park * Thurs. $89.24+tax, Fri & Sat $114.74+tax /night Block Code: B135ASM423
- Drury Inn & Suites Forest Park * 2 Queen or 1 King Bed, $179.99+tax/night
REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 30, 2015
The registration fee covers all field trips, the Friday night program at the Audubon Center At Riverlands with heavy hors d'oeuvres & cash bar, and the Saturday night program and dinner.
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.
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