Next ASM Meeting Join Us at University Plaza Hotel, Springfield May 5 - 7 Keynote Speaker - Ted Floyd, Editor of Birding magazine - The King is Dead, Long Live the King. The Fall and Rise of Field Ornithology in the 21st Century Greater Ozarks Audubon Society (GOAS) is delighted to welcome the Audubon Society of Missouri to southern Missouri for the ASM Spring Meeting. Home base for this event will be the Ramada Oasis Hotel in Springfield, MO. They have offered us a reasonable rate for newly remodeled rooms: two heated pools and breakfast are included in the room rate. Check out their website: ramadaoasis.com. It is THE conference destination in Springfield! The fun begins on Friday evening, with a reception at the Oasis. We'll enjoy appetizers and Champagne to toast the opening of the meeting. Come visit with old friends and make some new ones, view items offered at the silent auction and there may even be a few surprises! Our keynote speaker on Saturday, following a delicious sit down dinner, is Ted Floyd. Some of you may have had an opportunity to hear Ted speak and if so, you know what a treat it is to have him talk. Ted has been a featured speaker for GOAS and is very informative and entertaining. We are so happy he will be with us in May. Ted's topic will be: The King is Dead, Long Live the King The Fall and Rise of Field Ornithology in the 21st Century Ted Floyd is the Editor of Birding magazine, an award-winning publication of the American Birding Association. He is a frequent speaker at birding and ornithologgical events and is the author of various bird books and of several hundred articles about birds and nature. Ted and his family live in Boulder County, Colorado. But now for the real reason you come to these meetings - birds. We have a great slate of field trips to the hottest spots in southwest Missouri. There will be an all-day field trip to Roaring River State Park, just outside of Cassville, MO. This area is a magnet for warblers in spring. Several species are possible, even the elusive Swainson's. Painted Buntings, Blue Grosbeaks, Yellow-billed and even the occasional Black-billed Cuckoo, Summer and Scarlet Tanagers are possibilities. This destination will be a popular pick, so there will be multiple small groups birding the area with great leaders. We will try to accommodate everyone who wants to go to Roaring River, but anticipate these groups will fill quickly. Jerry and Margie Williams will lead one of the groups. The Williams are very familiar with Roaring River State Park and lead the GOAS field trips nearly every year. They have submitted the online birding information for this park. Ted Floyd will bird with Jerry and Margie's group. This will be our "Blue Ribbon" group and as a fundraiser, we are asking for a donation of $25 to join them. This group is limited to 10 birders, so be sure to sign up as soon as registration opens. Everyone who goes on the Roaring River trips, regardless of what group you are in, will be treated to lunch provided by Margie and Jerry. If you don't want to commit to an all-day trip, don't worry. Jill Hays and Greg Swick will lead a Saturday morning trip to Busiek State Park where you can see a variety of warblers. Cerulean Warblers nest in this park. It is a favorite locale for GOAS members during migration and an easy drive from Springfield. If you wish to stay even closer, there will be another morning trip to Springfield Lake, one of the top spots in town to bird. Of course, we won't leave the afternoon open. Two more trips will start at 1 p.m. Greg Swick will take a group to Stockton Lake to do the Aldrich Loop. At the same time, Charley Burwick will lead an adventuresome group on an expedition to see as many Ozark specialties as can be found. Roadrunners and Painted Buntings may be seen. If that is not enough for you, there is more. On Sunday morning, Andrew Kinslow and Jill Hays will treat you to the wonderful Valley Watermill. This great spot is just minutes away from the hotel and is another favorite of local birders. Charley will repeat the Ozark specialties expedition as an alternate option. In your spare time, GOAS has arranged for the 2016 National Audubon Photo Contest Winners' Exhibit to be on display at the Springfield Library Station near the meeting hotel. In addition to the National winners, some of GOAS' own photographers will have photos on display. You might want to include this on your list of things to do on the way in or out of Springfield. So mark your calendars for May 5th, 6th and 7th. Join us in Springfield for good food, good friends, a great speaker and fabulous birds. Further details, online registration and hotel reservation information (ASM room block) will be posted on March 1st.