Next ASM Meeting

Join Us at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, Columbia, MO September 28 - 30
Register Here By 9/21/2018
Keynote Speaker - Al Batt - "Bird Stories Told by a Birdbrain."
Plan now to attend the fall ASM meeting! This is the first fall meeting in decades that will occur away from Camp Clover Point, and is part of a trial to see if the membership responds well to having alternate year meetings away from the traditional site. We are having the meeting on the usual fall meeting weekend—the last weekend of September (September 28-30).

The meeting will occur at the Stoney Creek Conference Center in Columbia. Rooms are available in a reserved block, and you should mention ASM when you call for reservations. AFTER AUGUST 31 THE BLOCK WILL BE RELEASED, so make reservations soon. Rooms include complimentary breakfast. In addition, there are dozens of other motels and accommodations in Columbia.

Trips are planned to The Pinnacles, Eagle Bluffs, Little Dixie Lake/Whetstone Creek Conservation Area (including the opportunity for lunch at Marlene’s Restaurant in Williamsburg), Rockbridge State Park,  the Prairie Garden Trust, 3M Wetlands/Forum Nature Area, Ashland Wildlife Area, Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary, and Bradford Farms. Members of Columbia Audubon and others have graciously agreed to lead trips, and prepare to find LOTS of good birds!

Friday evening we have presentations by graduate students working on bird-related projects. Should be a good variety of them! After lunch on Saturday, the Board will meet, and adjourn before 3:30 p.m. After all Saturday trips, we have arranged for a showing of Dr. Carl Gerhardt’s documentary, “Eagle Bluffs: An Environmental Success Story.” Dr. Gerhardt will be available to answer questions, and those of you who are unable to access the television channels that have broadcast this documentary are in for a treat!

The banquet Saturday will be buffet-style, sliced herb-roasted turkey with shallot gravy, sliced beef au jus, gourmet rolls, green beans amandine, salad with two dressings, warm apple cobbler, and beverages. If  need a vegetarian entrée, please specify when you register. After a hard day of birding, our guest speaker for this meeting will emphasize the lighter side of birding. Al Batt of Hartland, Minnesota is a writer, speaker, storyteller and humorist. Al writes humor and nature columns for many newspapers and does weekly radio shows about nature. He writes a number of popular nationally syndicated cartoon strips and is author of the book, "A Life Gone to the Birds." He is a columnist for "Bird Watcher’s Digest" and "Watching Backyard Birds."  He has selected as his topic, “The Humble Birder—Al Batt, Naturally.” The annual meeting and announcement of the Top Ten Birds will follow. Sunday will feature additional half-day trips.
 
So, join us for this first fall meeting! The birding should be great!

Agenda

Friday, September 28, 2018
Salon C 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm Registration
North end of Stoney Creek parking lot 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm Pinnacles Friday Field Trip
Eric & Joanna Reuter
Salon C 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Research Presentations
Graduate Students
Saturday, September 29, 2018
North end of Stoney Creek parking lot 7:00 am - 12:00 pm Half and Full Day Field Trips
Lunch on your own 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Hearth Room 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm ASM Board Meeting
North end of Stoney Creek parking lot 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Half Day Field Trips
Salon C 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Film "Eagle Bluffs: An Environmental Success Story"
Carl Gerhardt - University of Missouri
Salon C 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Banquet
Salon C 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Keynote "Bird Stories Told by a Birdbrain"
Al Batt
Salon C 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm ASM Annual Meeting, Top Ten Birds, etc.
Mark Haas - ASM President
Sunday, September 30, 2018
North end of Stoney Creek parking lot 7:00 am - 11:00 am Morning Field Trips
   
Friday
Half Day —  Moderate
The Pinnacles
Explore this small area of geological interest with good birding potential in northern Boone County during this short Friday afternoon trip. The Pinnacles are a tall, narrow limestone ridge formed by stream erosion on both sides, featuring abundant fossil deposits, a wide rock shelter, and several seeps/springs. Tall trees line the creek bottoms and the trails lead to good overlooks of the area. The first portion of the trail is smooth and easily accessible, but a full exploration will involve steeper, rougher, narrower sections and one or more stream crossings (depending on hydrologic conditions). Trip leaders: Eric & Joanna Reuter, eric@cherthollowfarm.com Timing: Meet at Stoney Creek Inn at 2:30 p.m., Friday, September 28th, carpool to Pinnacles (approximately 20 minutes). Explore from roughly 3-5, return to Columbia by 5:30 at latest. If desired, dress for rough trails and stream crossings (again, the first part is fully accessible to all).  Map
Sat AM
Full Day —  Easy
Little Dixie Lake and Whetstone Creek CA
Beginning at Stoney Creek Inn at 7 a.m. and returning to Stoney Creek Inn between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. in time for afternoon program. Lunch will in the museum at Marlene’s Restaurant, Williamsburg, where we’ll order from the menu, enjoy a short presentation about the collection, and wander amid the exhibits before eating. At Little Dixie Lake we will walk short distances on level natural surface trails and a short asphalt trail on the west and east sides of the lake.
We’ll look for some waterfowl, Spotted Sandpiper, a possible 15 species of warbler, and other fall migrants among the area’s resident birds. If we’re lucky, a Franklin’s Gull may cruise the lake. Whetstone Creek will be birded by car with stops in parking areas and a few short walks on level natural surfaces. We’ll look for early winter sparrows, Northern Bobwhite, raptors, and a variety of migrants, as well as the breeding and resident species. Trip leader: Edge Wade  
Sat AM
Half Day —  Easy
Eagle Bluffs
Eagle Bluffs is a 4400-acre wetland located approx. 15 min. from the conference site. This wetland was established in the 90’s with an agreement between the city of Columbia and the Conservation Dept. It is a premier birding spot with a great variety of habitat and species expected. Primarily car birding with stops to scope for waterfowl and shorebirds. Participants should plan to carpool and to bring shortwave radios if they have them. Focus will be on shallow-water species with possibilities of American White Pelicans and White-faced Ibis as possibilities along with Soras, American Bitterns as well as many shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors and passerines. Trip leaders: Brad Jacobs, Pete Monacell and one more tbd  
Sat AM
Half Day —  Moderate
Rockbridge State Park (Devil’s Icebox, Springbrook Trail, and Sinkhole Trail)
Enjoy a visit to one of Missouri’s prettiest state parks. This walk will include moderate walking, some on uphill rocky trail and some on boardwalk with lots of steps, through beautiful riparian forest with lots of opportunities to see migrating warblers and vireos. We will park on the Devil’s Icebox parking lot. Bathrooms available. Trip leader: Pat Lueders  
Sat AM
Half Day —  Easy
3M Wetlands/Forum Nature Area
Situated along a spur of the Katy Trail, a secret gem right in Columbia, this is an easy walk next to riparian woodlands but also includes a swampy wetland area great for water birds. Good chance for migrating warblers and vireos as well as Lincoln’s sparrows and other early winter sparrows. Park at Forum Nature Area parking lot with short walk east to the 3M trailhead. Bathrooms available at the Forum lot. Trip leader: Greg Leonard  
Sat PM
Half Day —  Easy
Ashland Wildlife Area (aka Thomas Baskett Wildlife Area)
Beginning birders often ask “Where shall we go birding?” The better question is “What bird do you want to see?” Then you can more easily determine where to go birding! This is a “Birding by Habitat” field trip that will occur in a variety of land use types about half an hour from Columbia. While birds will be seen, the focus of the trip will be on what birds to expect in what kind of habitat at what time of the year. All participants will have the chance to contribute to this discussion of learning about birds’ choices of “location, location, location.” This trip is geared to the early to mid-level birder. It will include short & easy walking forays intermixed with driving. Trip Leader: Susan Hazelwood  
Sat PM
Half Day —  Moderate
Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary
Moderate walk through restored prairie and woodlands, perfect for migrating warblers and vireos. Trail walking with moderate inclines. A 23-acre site located in Columbia’s city limits at the north end of Cunningham Road, off Bray Avenue. The sanctuary is being developed specifically as a natural area to provide an outdoor educational experience. The land is being returned to its natural, historic state by removing invasive plant and tree species and encouraging the return of a native prairie and forest habitat. Walking trails, benches and bridges increase the area’s accessibility. Trip leader: Eric Wood  
Sat PM
Half Day —  Moderate
Rockbridge State Park (Devil’s Icebox, Springbrook Trail, and Sinkhole Trail)
Enjoy a visit to one of Missouri’s prettiest state parks. This walk will include moderate walking (some on uphill rocky trail and some on boardwalk with lots of steps) with beautiful riparian forest with lots of opportunities to see migrating warblers and vireos. We will park on the Devil’s Icebox parking lot. Bathrooms available. Leader: tbd  
Sat PM
Half Day —  Easy
Eagle Bluffs
Eagle Bluffs is a 4400-acre wetland located approx. 15 min. from the conference site. This wetland was established in the 90’s with an agreement between the city of Columbia and the Conservation Dept. It is a premier birding spot with a great variety of habitat and species expected. Primarily car birding with stops to scope for waterfowl and shorebirds. Participants should plan to carpool and to bring shortwave radios if they have them. Focus will be on shallow-water species with possibilities of American White Pelicans and White-faced Ibis as possibilities along with Soras, American Bitterns as well as many shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors and passerines. Trip leader: John Besser  
Sat PM
Half Day —  Easy
3M Wetlands/Forum Wetlands
Situated along a spur of the Katy Trail, a secret gem right in Columbia, this is an easy walk next to riparian woodlands but also includes a swampy wetland area great for water birds. Good chance for migrating warblers and vireos as well as Lincoln’s sparrows and other early winter sparrows. Park at Forum Nature Area parking lot with short walk east to the 3M trailhead. Bathrooms available at the Forum lot. Trip leader: Laura Pintel  
Sun AM
Half Day —  Moderate
Bradford Farms (Bradford Research Center)/University Farms/Phillips Lake
Car birding but also some walking over uneven terrain…could be wet (hopefully!) so wear appropriate footwear. Chances for raptors, migrant sparrows, bobolinks, and shorebirds. Trip leader: Brad Jacobs  
Sun AM
Half Day —  Easy
3M Wetlands/Forum Nature Area
Situated along a spur of the Katy Trail, a secret gem right in Columbia, this is an easy walk next to riparian woodlands but also includes a swampy wetland area great for water birds. Good chance for migrating warblers and vireos as well as Lincoln’s sparrows and other early winter sparrows. Park at Forum Nature Area parking lot with short walk east to the 3M trailhead. Bathrooms available at the Forum lot. Trip leaders: Nancy Bedan and Lori Hagglund  
Sun AM
Half Day —  Easy
Eagle Bluffs
Eagle Bluffs is a 4400-acre wetland located approx. 15 min. from the conference site. This wetland was established in the 90’s with an agreement between the city of Columbia and the Conservation Dept. It is a premier birding spot with a great variety of habitat and species expected. Primarily car birding with stops to scope for waterfowl and shorebirds. Participants should plan to carpool and to bring shortwave radios if they have them. Focus will be on shallow-water species with possibilities of American White Pelicans and White-faced Ibis as possibilities along with Soras, American Bitterns as well as many shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors and passerines. We will consider a hawk watch on this morning at the very back of Eagle Bluffs (Sapp tract) depending on weather fronts and if it looks like a possibility (we’ll announce it on Sat. night and it will start at 10:30). Trip leader: Edge Wade  
Sun AM
Half Day —  Moderate
Rockbridge State Park (Devil’s Icebox, Springbrook Trail, and Sinkhole Trail)
Enjoy a visit to one of Missouri’s prettiest state parks. This walk will include moderate walking (some on uphill rocky trail and some on boardwalk with lots of steps) with beautiful riparian forest with lots of opportunities to see migrating warblers and vireos. We will park on the Devil’s Icebox parking lot. Bathrooms available. Leader: Laura Pintel  
Sun AM
Half Day —  Moderate
Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary
Moderate walk through restored prairie and woodlands, perfect for migrating warblers and vireos. Trail walking with moderate inclines. A 23-acre site located in Columbia’s city limits at the north end of Cunningham Road, off Bray Avenue. The sanctuary is being developed specifically as a natural area to provide an outdoor educational experience. The land is being returned to its natural, historic state by removing invasive plant and tree species and encouraging the return of a native prairie and forest habitat. Walking trails, benches and bridges increase the area’s accessibility. Trip leader: tbd  
Sat AM
Half Day —  Easy
Prairie Garden Trust
The Prairie Garden Trust is a non-profit “nature garden” in Callaway County with hundreds of acres restored to a diverse mix of prairie, savannah, woodland, and wetland. Join founders and directors Lorna and Henry Domke as they share the birds, insects, and other fauna and flora of the area. We’ll also explore and discuss the area’s human and geological history. Trails range from handicapped-accessible (paved) to smooth, mown paths, as well as some slightly steeper routes into a creek bottom. The site also has a visitor’s center with shade, water, and bathrooms. Trip leaders: Eric & Joanna Reuter, eric@cherthollowfarm.com Timing: Carpool will leave Stoney Creek Inn at 7:15 a.m., Saturday September 29th, for the 45-minute drive to PGT. If driving directly, meet at PGT at 8:00 a.m. Trip runs 8-12, or longer depending on interest and conditions, returning by mid-afternoon at the latest. Those desiring an afternoon field trip will return by 12:00. Bring snacks or lunch if desired.  Map