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ASM Fall Meeting at Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Camp Clover Point

9/25/2015 - 9/27/2015



ASM Fall Meeting 2015
Lake of the Ozarks State Park
Camp Clover Point
September 25-27

REGISTRATION

You can register online, and please register early! Using PayPal is the most efficient payment method for the ASM treasurer, but you can also register online and mail a check. Early registration allows us, and the caterer, to plan ahead. So please don't delay. Registration Deadline: September 5.

Individuals: $75.00 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.

ACCOMMODATIONS
Cabins include bunk and mattress, shower and rest rooms. You must bring bedding, towels, and toiletries.
See map (http://mostateparks.com/sites/default/files/LOSP.pdf) for Camp Clover Point location.

For those who prefer a motel to the bunkhouse experience, several nearby motels in Osage Beach include the Scottish Inns Motel (573-348-3123573-348-3123) and Guesthouse Inn and Suites (800-214-8378800-214-8378 FREE). You are responsible for your own motel reservations and expense.


AGENDA

Friday, September 25

3:00 PM Registration begins
6:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Program: Reports on current research, from waterfowl and wetlands to urban bird habitat 

Saturday, September 26
7:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Morning Field Trips
12:00 PM Lunch
12:30 PM ASM Board Meeting
1:00 PM Afternoon Field Trips
3:30 PM Workshop with Josh Uffman and Brad Jacobs
6:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Program: The Great Missouri Birding Trail by Sarah Kendrick, Missouri Dept. of Conservation
ASM General Meeting following program
Owl walk may be conducted after general meeting

Sunday, September 27
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

Friday afternoon

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

Friday evening
Our speakers are graduate students from the University of Missouri--Columbia. Brian Hidden is studying waterfowl and wetland habitat. Eric Fishel will discuss breeding bird associations with residential land management. Drew Fowler is evaluating the effects of harvest on Snow Geese.

Saturday morning
Field trips. No sign-up in advance. Details will be announced on site.

Saturday afternoon
A workshop is being organized by Brad Jacobs and Josh Uffman of the Missouri Bird Records Committee. Workshop details will be announced in August via Mobirds-L.

Saturday evening
Sarah Kendrick from the Missouri Department of Conservation will explain The Great Missouri Birding Trail--a recent partnership between MDC and the Missouri Bird Conservation Foundation. The Audubon Society of Missouri and regional birding groups have been integral to the development and completion of this statewide birding trail. She will also discuss MDC's other long-term goals of encouraging current and future birdwatchers to visit conservation areas and to motivate young people to begin birding.

Sunday
Field Trips
Hawk Watch
Bird Species Summary at lunch


Additional information about the Friday Evening Program

Brian Hidden, MS student, will discuss linking waterfowl distribution and abundance to spatial and temporal distribution and abundance of wetland habitat. His research is partitioned into three objectives aimed at addressing the deficiencies in wetland dynamics and how they influence dabbling duck distribution in Missouri.
 
Eric Fishel, MS student, will speak on breeding bird associations with urban residential land management practices in Columbia, Missouri.  He is studying the current land management practices of Columbia residents, how the residents might alter their management strategies in response to climate change, and how these strategies might affect the avian communities associated with these lands. 

Drew Fowler, PhD student, will conduct research that seeks to evaluate various effects of harvest from the Light Goose Conservation Order (LGCO) on light goose populations to inform future harvest management decisions.


Additional Information about the Saturday Evening Presenter

Sarah Kendrick is Wildlife Programs Supervisor with the Missouri Department of Conservation. She is a native Missourian with a strong passion for ornithology that she discovered later in life. Sarah earned a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri and later returned to MU for a Master's degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences on winter bird densities and Eastern wood-pewee breeding demography in the Missouri Ozarks. She has held field jobs nest-searching for Acadian flycatchers in central Missouri and golden-cheeked warblers in Texas, and has worked for MU conducting statistical analysis of bird data across the Central Hardwoods Bird Conservation Region and for the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project. In her current position with the Department, Sarah works to find new ways to educate the public on habitat management, wildlife diversity, and why these topics are so important to life in our state.