Today is Thursday, September 18, 2014

Next Meeting of the Audubon Society of Missouri

ASM fall and spring meetings are the highlight of the birding year for many.  Read about the next meeting below and then click on the button to register for a great time. If you prefer, you can register via mail by printing out this form and mailing it. Paper Form.

ASM Fall Meeting at Lake of the Ozarks State Park

9/26/2014 - 9/28/2014

ASM Fall meeting 2014

Camp Clover Point

September 26-28


You can register online, and please register early! Using Paypal is the most efficient method for the ASM treasurer. You also have the option to register online and mail a check, or you may mail this form with your payment to the treasurer. Early registration allows us, and the caterer, to plan ahead. So please don't delay. Registration Deadline: September 14.

Individuals: $65.00 per person. Includes cabin lodging, registration and six meals.

Students: $25.00 per person. Includes cabin lodging, registration and six meals.

Children under 12 are free.

Meals only: $8.00 per meal plus $20 registration fee.


Cabins include bunk and mattress, shower and rest rooms. You must bring bedding, towels, and toiletries. For those who prefer a motel to the bunkhouse experience, nearby motels in Osage Beach include the Super 8 motel (1-573-348-4773) or the Holiday Inn Express (1-573-302-0330). You are responsible for you own motel reservations and expense. 


Friday, September 26

3:00 PM Registration begins

6:30 Dinner

7:30 Program: Reports on current research involving birds and bird habitat. From secretive marsh birds in Missouri, to migratory waterfowl in the Nebraska rainwater basin. 

Saturday, September 27

7:00 AM Breakfast

8:00 AM Morning Field Trips

12:00 PM Lunch

12:30 PM ASM Board Meeting

1:00 Afternoon Field Trips

3:30 eBird Workshop with Chris Wood and Brad Jacobs

6:00 PM Dinner

7:00 PM Program: Chris Wood, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The use of eBird: Data for Missouri and the World.

ASM General meeting following program.

Owl walk after general meeting.

Sunday, September 28

6:30 AM Interfaith Meditation and Worship

7:00 AM Breakfast

8:00 AM Morning Field Trips

9:30 AM Hawk Watch

12:00 PM Lunch and Bird Species Summary

Please have cabins clean and be ready for departure no later than 2:00 PM. Thanks for helping with clean up!

Weekend Activities


3:00 PM Registration begins at Camp Clover Point. Please do not arrive prior to 3:00 PM. 

Friday Evening

The evening speakers will cover a variety of research topics from graduate students from the University of Missouri and the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Evan  Hill who will share his work on wetland management and secretive marsh bird distribution. Christine Rega will discuss bird communities in vacant lots. Travis Schepker will discuss how wetland food availability may influence habitat use by spring migratory waterfowl. Leticia Soares will share her research on malaria parasites and avian populations.

Saturday afternoon 

Brad Jacobs and Chris Wood will lead an interactive workshop using eBird. Participants can learn to use eBird in the field for immediate listing of sightings. 

Saturday evening

Chris Wood from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology will discuss how birders and scientists can work together to make citizen science play a major role in bird conservation worldwide. Chris will also explain the advantages and issues associated with a portal to eBird on our ASM site.


Field Trips

Hawk Watch

Bird Species Summary at lunch

Additional information about the Friday Evening Program

Evan Hill, MS student at the University of Missouri, will give a presentation on how wetland management influences secretive marsh bird (SMB) distribution, habitat use, and nesting effort in Missouri.  Are SMBs distributed evenly across managed wetland areas, or are they concentrated in a few wetland pools? What are the characteristics of managed wetland pools used by SMBs during spring migration and breeding?  He will also quantify SMB nest success on managed wetland areas in Missouri.  

Christine Rega, PhD student at MU, will talk about her research focused on bird communities in vacant lots within Baltimore, MD.  She is researching how the placement of the lot within the city, vegetation structure/management intensity, and distances to other green spaces affect alpha and beta diversities in a metacommunity framework.


Travis Schepker, MS student at MU, will discuss the role of wetland food availability in influencing habitat use by spring migratory waterfowl at mid-latitudes.  Study assesses occupancy thresholds in relation to the availability of potential food resources at playas in the Nebraska Rainwater Basin.  

Leticia Soares, a PhD candidate at the University of Missouri St Louis, will share her research about the biogeography and evolution of avian populations and their parasites in the Caribbean. 

Her research aims to investigate how assemblages of malaria parasites infecting avian populations in the West Indies change through time. 

Additional Information about the Saturday evening presenter.

Chris Wood - eBird & Neotropical Birds Project Manager

Chris began birding at age five and still gets into the field enough to make the rest of us jealous. His primary interests include bird distribution, identification, vocalizations and conservation throughout the Americas. In addition to his work at the Lab, Chris leads birding tours for WINGS to the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Central America. He is an editor for the Colorado and Wyoming region of North American birds and the departmental editor of the BIRDING photo quiz, as well as the online photo quiz for the American Birding Association. He has written and consulted on various books, popular, and scientific literature on North American birds. Before coming to the Lab, Chris was a research associate with Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory in Colorado. At the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Chris is the Project Leader for eBird.

Registration Form

Registration Deadline: September 14