Next ASM Meeting

Join Us at Bunker Hill Retreat, Mountain View, MO May 3 - 5
Register Here By 4/19/2019
Keynote Speaker - Mark Robbins - Birds of Missouri
Bunker Hill Retreat is located on the banks of the Jacks Fork River within the Ozark National Scenic Riverway. This gorgeous setting is unique with no other facility of its kind found within this National Park. The facilities are nestled under large trees adjacent to the river with a majestic cliff on the opposite bank. The Retreat offers excellent birding and a relaxing walk amongst the cabins is one of the field trip choices. When the meeting was held here three years ago the trees were full of warblers and people were birding from their beds as they woke up. You do not have to sign up for field trips in advance--do so at the meeting.
 
Cabins at Bunker Hill are designed for families or groups, you probably will not get a cabin to yourself. If you know who you want to share a cabin with then have one person register for the group so they know who goes together. If you register for just yourself you will be assigned to a men’s, women’s or couples cabin depending on which of those categories you fit in.
 
The cost of two nights lodging is $162/person, which includes 5 meals. On Saturday breakfast, a sack lunch and dinner are provided. Breakfast and lunch are provided on Sunday. A dinner bell announces when you can go to the dining hall. When you sit the meal is brought to you right away for quick service and getting out to the field. Please note NO MEALS ARE PROVIDED ON FRIDAY. Please also note that if you stay off-site, you are responsible for your own meals, although you can buy Saturday dinner at $25 (see the registration form).
 
Besides a dining hall there is also a meeting room on site for the Saturday evening presentation.
 
To get to Bunker Hill Retreat, turn onto Highway O east from Highway 17. Continue straight on Highway O to the retreat.
 
http://www.bunkerhillretreat.com/

Agenda

Friday, May 3, 2019
Bunker Hill Retreat 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm Bunker Hill check-in
Assembly Hall 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm Registration
Amphitheater (London Hall in case of Rain) 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Welcome, Announcements, and Name Change Discussion
Bill Eddleman - ASM President
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Dining area 6:30 am - 7:00 am Breakfast - eggs, bacon, biscuits/gravy
Various Locations 7:00 am - 5:00 pm Field Trips - sack lunches provided
Dining area 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner - smoked pork loin
London Hall 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm President's Remarks and Keynote
Mark Robbins, author of "Birds of Missouri: Their Distribution and Abundance"
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Dining area 6:30 am - 7:00 am Breakfast - pancakes
Various locations 7:00 am - 12:00 pm Field Trips
Dining area 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch - fried chicken - and Bird Species Tally!
Bill Eddleman - ASM President
Bunker Hill Retreat 2:00 pm - 2:00 pm Checkout Time
   
Sat AM
Half Day —  Moderate
Jacks Fork River float trip- Hwy. 17 to Bunker Hill
A 10 mile float trip from Hwy. 17 to Bunker Hill. Considered the remotest and most scenic float in MO with easy to moderate navigation, class I and II rapids. Windy’s canoe rental will pick you up at Bunker Hill at 7AM and shuttle you to Hwy. 17. Each person is responsible for contacting Windy’s to tell them what your needs are (573-226-3404). Canoe or kayak rental price will depend on the number rented. You will be responsible for paying the driver Sat. morning by cash or check.  
Sat AM
Full Day —  Easy
Big Spring/Peck Ranch
The morning will be spent at Big Spring Park and the afternoon at Peck Ranch CA. Lunch will be at Big Spring where picnic tables and restrooms are available. A restroom is also available at Peck Ranch CA . At Big Spring the birding will be on level, well groomed, trails and campgrounds. Habitats include bottomland forest, parks like settings, and open field. It may be too early for them, but there is excellent Swainson’s warbler habitat. Hooded warbler, worm eating warbler, orioles and sparrows are some of the species to be expected can be expected. At Peck ranch we will visit fields and glades within the refuge portion of the CA. It is good habitat for pine warbler, prairie warbler, blue winger warbler and sparrows. There should also be good viewing for raptors. These fields are often utilized by the elk herd, this is the first spring this area will be open to the public during the elk calving period.  
Sat AM
Full Day —  Easy
Greer Spring/McCormack Lake
The morning will be at Greer Spring Campground on the Eleven Point River and the afternoon at McCormack Lake. Lunch will be at Greer where picnic tables and restrooms are available. Greer is known for the number and variety of warblers that have been seen there, including cerulean warbler and Swainson’s warbler. During the 2016 meeting everyone got good views of the Swainson’s here. McCormack Lake has level roads and trails surrounding it. Expect to see warblers and waterfowl. If a lot of people sign up for this they will split into two groups alternating between the two areas in the morning and afternoon.  
Sat AM
Full Day —  Moderate
Blue Spring/Klepzig Mill
The morning will be at Blue Spring. A relatively level walk on a trail on the banks of the Current River to the spring. Portions of the trail are uneven with large rocks. Warblers, including Swainson’s, can be expected. Lunch will be at Rocky Falls, primitive restrooms are available at Blue Spring and Rocky Falls. The afternoon will be at Klepzig Mill where there is a variety of habitats including riparian forest, open fields, brushy fields, forest and woodland. Elk are sometimes seen in the fields.  
Sat AM
Half Day —  Easy
Alley Spring
Ally Spring is a park like setting with mowed grass and large trees adjacent to a riparian forest. Sidewalks and level ground provide easy access. It is good habitat for orioles and parulas. Waterfowl may be on the mill pond.  
Sat PM
Half Day —  Easy
Alley Spring
Ally Spring is a park like setting with mowed grass and large trees adjacent to a riparian forest. Sidewalks and level ground provide easy access. It is good habitat for orioles and parulas. Waterfowl may be on the mill pond.  
Sun AM
Half Day —  Easy
Alley Spring
Ally Spring is a park like setting with mowed grass and large trees adjacent to a riparian forest. Sidewalks and level ground provide easy access. It is good habitat for orioles and parulas. Waterfowl may be on the mill pond.  
Sat AM
Half Day —  Easy
Sims Valley Lake
Mowed and level trails on the dam and shores make for easy access to look for waterfowl, sparrows and warblers.  
Sat PM
Half Day —  Easy
Sims Valley Lake
Mowed and level trails on the dam and shores make for easy access to look for waterfowl, sparrows and warblers.  
Sun AM
Half Day —  Easy
Sims Valley Lake
Mowed and level trails on the dam and shores make for easy access to look for waterfowl, sparrows and warblers.  
Sat AM
Half Day —  Easy
Bunker Hill Resort
There are three choices for birding at the resort. First is the cabin area and riverfront. In 2016 rose breasted grosbeak, chestnut sided warbler and Nashville warbler were a few of the species seen at the cabins. Second is walking along the entrance road. A variety of warblers, including hooded warbler, were seen there in 2016. These two choices are on level, mowed, ground with easy access. The third choice, a trail along a creek, is moderately difficult due to having to cross the creek a half dozen times and rocky terrain. Worm eating warbler and orioles were a couple species found here in 2016.  
Sat PM
Half Day —  Easy
Bunker Hill Resort
There are three choices for birding at the resort. First is the cabin area and riverfront. In 2016 rose breasted grosbeak, chestnut sided warbler and Nashville warbler were a few of the species seen at the cabins. Second is walking along the entrance road. A variety of warblers, including hooded warbler, were seen there in 2016. These two choices are on level, mowed, ground with easy access. The third choice, a trail along a creek, is moderately difficult due to having to cross the creek a half dozen times and rocky terrain. Worm eating warbler and orioles were a couple species found here in 2016.  
Sun AM
Half Day —  Easy
Bunker Hill Resort
There are three choices for birding at the resort. First is the cabin area and riverfront. In 2016 rose breasted grosbeak, chestnut sided warbler and Nashville warbler were a few of the species seen at the cabins. Second is walking along the entrance road. A variety of warblers, including hooded warbler, were seen there in 2016. These two choices are on level, mowed, ground with easy access. The third choice, a trail along a creek, is moderately difficult due to having to cross the creek a half dozen times and rocky terrain. Worm eating warbler and orioles were a couple species found here in 2016.  
Sun AM
Half Day —  Easy
Greer Spring
Greer Spring Campground on the Eleven Point River. Greer is known for the number and variety of warblers that have been seen there, including cerulean warbler and Swainson’s warbler. During the 2016 meeting everyone got good views of the Swainson’s here.  
Sun AM
Half Day —  Easy
Big Spring
At Big Spring the birding will be on level, well groomed, trails and campgrounds. Habitats include bottomland forest, parks like settings, and open field. Hooded warbler, worm eating warbler, orioles and sparrows are some of the species to be expected.  
Sun AM
Half Day —  Easy
McCormack Lake
McCormack Lake has level roads and trails surrounding it. Expect to see warblers and waterfowl.  
Sun AM
Half Day —  Moderate
Blue Springs
A relatively level walk on a trail on the banks of the Current River to the spring. Portions of the trail are uneven with large rocks. Warblers, including Swainson’s, can be expected.