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The Chattanooga Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are sponsoring "An Evening For The Birds" on Friday, February 7, 2003 at 6:30 PM the Chattanooga Choo-Choo in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

This fundraising event will kick-off the "11th Annual Cherokee Heritage & Sandhill Crane Viewing Days" at Birchwood, Tennessee, February 8 & 9, 2003. Proceeds from the event will benefit ongoing bird conservation efforts at the Hiwassee Refuge and the Cherokee Memorial, on Chickamauga Reservoir near Birchwood. Click here for more information about the events on February 8 & 9.

Admission is $15.00 and includes a ticket to sample desserts donated from restaurants throughout the Chattanooga area. There will also be a silent auction. To purchase tickets, call Clyde Blum at (423) 886-4130. For lodging, the Chattanooga Choo-Choo is offering a special $69 rate for a king or double room. Call 1-800-872-2529 by January 15, 2003 and mention TOS.

A featured speaker at the fundraising event is Kenn Kaufman, one of the world's preeminent bird experts, authors, and bird artists. Kenn is a gifted speaker and author of several books including the Peterson Field Guide to Advanced Birding, Kingbird Highway, and Birds of North America. He is currently a field editor for Audubon and a columnist for numerous magazines.

Another featured speaker at the event is Choogie Kingfisher, traditional storyteller of the Cherokee Nation. Choogie has received widespread recognition for his storytelling of traditional Cherokee legends and myths. He has traveled throughout the United States and several foreign countries practicing his craft for over 16 years. Choogie has produced several CDs that feature traditional Cherokee stories.

For more information, contact:
Dr. David Aborn, Division of Biological and Environmental Science, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, (423) 425-5236,
Troy Ettel, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Nashville, (615) 781-6653,

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