Next ASM Meeting

Join Us at University Plaza Hotel, Springfield May 5 - 7
Register Here By 4/28/2017
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 host the Audubon Society of Missouri's 2017 Spring Meeting.  The event will be held at the University Plaza Hotel, 333 South John Q. Hammons Parkway, Springfield, MO 417-864-7333. Map

**  The hotel venue was changed after the meeting announcement was submitted to The Bluebird for publication.  The location change was due to an unexpected error on the part of the Ramada hotel.  We are sorry for any confusion this may have caused.

The fun begins on Friday evening, with a complementary reception with appetizers and a Champagne toast. We'll enjoy appetizers and Champagne to toast the opening of the meeting.  Come visit with old friends, make some new ones and view items offered at the silent auction. There may even be a few surprises!

Saturday evening's keynote speaker is Ted Floyd, who will present the program, following a two entree, three course, plated banquet.  We are excited he will be with us in May.

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.

MEETING DETAILS

Accomodations:  Reserve by Wednesday, April 5.
A block of 25 rooms is reserved under GOAS or Audubon.  Call 417-864-7333 to reserve your choice of one king or two double beds at a discounted price of $89.00, available on a first come, first served basis.  Breakfast is not included with reservations.  Check-in is 3:00 p.m. on Friday; check-out is 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Registration:  Deadline is Friday, April 28.
Registration is $60.00 per person, which includes Friday evening's reception, Saturday night's program and field trips.  Jerry and Margie Williams will host a complementary lunch for all participants selecting the Roaring River State Park field trip! The Saturday night banquet is an additional $27.00.

ASM Silent Auction
ASM members ae invited to donate items for the auction.  Please contact Brooke Widmar for details.

Friday, May 5, 3:00 p.m.
Pick up packets, name tags, banquet entree and field trip destination choices and T-shirts at the ASM meeting registration desk in the University Plaza Hotel.  Our group will also have access to a pool-side hospitality room beginning at 3:00 p.m. Friday and also on Saturday evening.  Late arrivals may pick up packets on Saturday morning.

Friday, May 5, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Doctors Howard Schwartz and Ruth Grant are hosting a complementary reception featuring hors d'oeuvres, a Champagne toast and a cash bar.  Get your first preview of silent auction items offered.

Saturday, May 6 Field Trips
All field trips will depart from the University Plaza Hotel parking lot.  Departure time varies with distance to destination.  Half-day trips will return participants to University Plaza with ample time for lunch.  A wide variety of cafes and grills may be found in downtown Springfield, just 3-4 blocks away. Map

Saturday, May 6: Social Hour, Banquet and Program 5:30 p.m.
After a full day of field trips, reunite with friends and compare notes during a social hour with cash bar.  The banquet begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program.

Two entrees are offered:  grilled boneless chicken breast with roasted grape and mushroom wine sauce, served with wild rice pilaf and haricot verts.  A vegetarian alternative is wok-fried Asian vegetables with chili ginger soy glaze, served with Jasmine rice and wonton chips.  Chopped Romaine salad with choice of dressing and carrot cake complete both entrees.

Sunday, May 7:  Field Trips
All Sunday field trips are one-half day, also departing from the University Plaza parking lot.

ALTERNATIVE ACTIVITIES
SATURDAY OR SUNDAY - SELF-GUIDED - Easy
Nature's Best Photography:  Greater Ozarks Audubon is hosting National Audubon Society's 2016 Photography Contest Awards' Exhibit, April 20 to May 11 at the Kearney Branch Library Station. Works from the Arts and Conservation community will also be displayed.  Hours are Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

SATURDAY OR SUNDAY - SELF-GUIDED - Easy
Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park:  This park offers both display garden viewing and birding opportuniites.  Ozarks Greenways' paved trails meander through the 100 acre park, which features a lake, Botanical Center, butterfly garden, Master Gardener demonstration garden, the Grey/Campbell farmstead, the Greater Ozarks Audubon bubbler and four Chimney Swift towers, the latter two funded by our chapter.  The park attracts thrushes, orioles, tanagers, vireos, warblers and waterfowl.
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Agenda

Friday, May 5, 2017
ASM Meeting registration desk, University Plaza Hotel 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm Registration
University Plaza Hotel 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm Poolside Hospitality Room
University Plaza Hotel, Kansas A&B 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Reception cash bar
Saturday, May 6, 2017
ASM registration desk, University Plaza Hotel 6:45 am - 9:00 am Registration
University Plaza Hotel 7:00 am - 11:00 pm Poolside Hospitality Room
Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. 7:00 am - 8:00 pm Self-guided
Roaring River State Park. meet in hotel parking lot. Lunch provided. 7:00 am - 4:00 pm Full Day Field Trip
Blue Ribbon Group with Ted Floyd.
Lake Springfield Park. Meet in hotel parking lot. 7:00 am - 11:00 am Half Day Field Trip
Busiek State Forest. Meet in hotel parking lot, 7:00 am - 11:00 am Half Day Field Trip
Kearney Branch Library Station 8:30 am - 9:00 pm National Audubon Society's 2016 Photography Contest Awards' Exhibit
Aldrich Arm Loop, Stockton Lake. Meet in hotel parking lot. 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm Half Day Field Trip
Ozark Specialties Loop. Meet in hotel parking lot. 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm Half Day Field Trip
University Plaza Hotel, Kansas A&B 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Social Hour and cash bar
University Plaza Hotel, Kansas A&B 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Banquet and Program, silent auction
Ted Floyd, Editor of Birding magazine
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park 7:00 am - 8:00 pm Self-guided
Watershed Center/Valley Watermill. Meet in hotel parking lot. 8:00 am - 11:00 am Half Day Field Trip
Ozark Specialties Loop. Meet in hotel parking lot. 8:00 am - 11:00 am Half Day Field Trip
Kearney Branch Library Station 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm National Audubon Society's 2016 Photography Contest Awards' Exhibit
   
Sat AM
Full Day —  Moderate
Roaring River State Park
Roaring River State Park, an Important Bird Area, comprises 3,973 acres of woodland, glades, prairie, wetland and forested valleys, through which the spring fed, Roaring River flows. The mix of habitats, combined with elevation and aspect variety, prove to be a magnet for a wide diversity of Neotropical spring migrants and summer residents, too numerous to list. Of the 207 species recorded, 35 are warblers, so if you need a warbler fix, this is the place to be! To accommodate more participants, while ensuring a quality experience, we'll offer up to four separate groups, one of which is a Blue Ribbon fundraiser ($25 per person), co-led with our guest speaker, ABA's Ted Floyd. Sign up soon! The 10 spots will go quickly.  Map
Sat AM
Half Day —  Easy
Lake Springfield Park
The Park's 153 acres surrond the Southwest Power Station's Lake Springfield, with one mile of paved paths along the shoreline and five miles of trails, including the Greater Ozarks Audubon Trail and our chapter sponsored bird attractor; a spring-fed bubbler. Species may span waterfowl, waders, shorebirds and terns, to Neotropic migrants and lingering sparrows.  Map
Sat AM
Half Day —  Moderate
Busiek State Forest
Busiek is one of our favorite year round hotspots with 2,701 acres of woodland, glades, old fields and almost 18 miles of trails, many hugging Woods Fork and Camp Creeks. This MDC owned site features some of the best variety of Ozarks habitat close to Springfield, attracting warblers, flycatchers, vireos, thrushes and orioles. Cerulean, Yellow-throated, Prairie warblers and Louisiana Waterthrush reliably nest here.  
Sat PM
Half Day —  Easy
Aldrich Arm Loop, Stockton Lake
This field trip offers a wide variety of gulls, waterfowl, waders and shorebirds than are found closer to Springfield. We'll explore mudflats, view the lake from different aspects and visit the Aldrich restoration area near Bona to see Ospreys! GOAS collaborated with Empire District Electric Cooperative, hatching a plan to relocate an Osprey nest from a Stockton Lake transmission tower to a nest platform, complete with a nest cam! Within just days, the Ospreys reclaimed the nest. The goal? Reduce power outage risks and conserve the small number of breeding Osprey in Missouri. Win win solutions through joint efforts.  Map
Sat PM
Half Day —  Easy
Ozark Specialties Loop
This is the trip where we've staked out as many of our Springfield area specialties as possible. We'll carpool and caravan to each spot and furnish scopes, but bring yours, too for instant gratification! We're already keeping our eyes on a Greater Roadrunner and hope to include nesting Swainson's, Red-shouldered and Cooper's hawks, Yellow-crowned Night Herons, Painted Buntings, Western Kingbirds and who knows what else might pop up before the meeting! Stay tuned.  
Sun AM
Half Day —  Moderate
Watershed Center/Valley Watermill
Valley Water Mill and Lake historically supplied Springfield's drinking water. Due to complex karst connectivity, water resources in this area are monitored and protected. Features include 1.5 miles of paved trail and multiple wood-chipped trails along the lake, open areas, through forest and bordering an equestrian park, which offer habitat for a nice variety of Neotrops this time of year. Be sure to check out two Chimney Swift towers, funded by GOAS and collaboratively erected in 2016 by Springfield Plateau Master Naturalists, Watershed Center and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.  Map
Sun AM
Half Day —  Easy
Ozark Specialties Loop
This is a repeat of the Saturday afternoon trip.