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2002 FALL MEETING AND SYMPOSIUM AT COLUMBIA

The 2002 TOS Fall Meeting and Symposium took place November 1-3 in Columbia, Tennessee. About 60 people registered for the meeting, which was very ably hosted by the Mayfield-Gray Chapter.

Field trips on Saturday morning went to the Monsanto Ponds and to the Williamsport Lakes and Wildlife Management Area. The Sunday field trip went to Arrow Lake in Mt. Pleasant. Highlighs of the field trips were a large variety of ducks, including a Surf Scoter at Arrow Lake, Osprey and Sora at Monsanto Ponds, Forster's Tern, Common Nighthawk, Tree Swallow, and Orange-crowned and Tennessee Warblers. Click here for the complete weekend species list.

Presentations during the annual symposium on Saturday afternoon included the following. Click here for the complete abstracts.
 - POTENTIAL EFFECTS OF EASTERN HEMLOCK DECLINE ON BREEDING BIRDS IN THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS.
D. Aaron Keller and David A. Buehler. Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
 - COMPARING BIRD COMMUNITIES IN NATIVE FORESTS, INDUSTRIAL PINE PLANTATIONS, AND RESIDENTIAL AREAS ON THE SOUTHERN CUMBERLAND PLATEAU, TENNESSEE.
David G. Haskell, Jonathan P. Evans, and Neil W. Pelkey. Department of Biology and Landscape Analysis Lab, University of the South, Sewanee, TN
 - GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT ASSOCIATIONS IN TENNESSEE.
Melinda Welton, Franklin, TN
 - PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT OF BIRD AND BAT IMPACTS AT BUFFALO MOUNTAIN WINDFARM, EASTERN TENNESSEE.
Jenny Fiedler, Charles Nicholson, Roger Tankersley, and Niki Nicholas, Tennessee Valley Authority, and David Buehler, University of Tennessee
 - BLOOD PARASITES OF BIRDS.
Raoul Boughton, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
 - OUR PRECIOUS HERITAGE - PRESERVING TENNESSEE'S DUCK RIVER.
Leslie Colley, Director, The Nature Conservancy's Duck River Project, Columbia, TN

The Board of Directors meeting was held late Saturday afternoon. The BOD voted to establish a new Conservation Policy Committee. This 6-member committee will develop policy recommendations which will be presented to the TOS Board for approval prior to becoming TOS policy positions. Chris Sloan was also installed as TOS Treasurer, replacing David Trently.

Species List From Field Trips:

Horned Grebe Hairy Woodpecker
Pied-billed Grebe Pileated Woodpecker
Double-crested Cormorant Red-bellied Woodpecker
Great Blue Heron Red-headed Woodpecker
Black-crowned Night-heron Eastern Phoebe
Canada Goose Horned Lark
Am. Black Duck Tree Swallow
Ring-necked Duck American Crow
Ruddy Duck Blue Jay
Wood Duck Carolina Chickadee
Gadwall E. Tufted Titmouse
Mallard Brown Creeper
Hooded Merganser White-breasted Nuthatch
Northern Pintail Carolina Wren
Redhead House Wren
Surf Scoter Winter Wren
Green-winged Teal Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Wigeon Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Northern Harrier Eastern Bluebird
Cooper's Hawk American Robin
Sharp-shinned Hawk Hermit Thrush
Red-shouldered Hawk Northern Mockingbird
Red-tailed Hawk Loggerhead Shrike
American Kestrel European Starling
Osprey Cedar Waxwing
Black Vulture Tennessee Warbler
Turkey Vulture Orange-crowned Warbler
Northern Bobwhite Yellow-rumped Warbler
Wild Turkey Northern Cardinal
American Coot Eastern Towhee
Sora Dark-eyed Junco
Killdeer Field Sparrow
Bonaparte's Gull Savannah Sparrow
Ring-billed Gull Song Sparrow
Forster's Tern Swamp Sparrow
Mourning Dove White-crowned Sparrow
Rock Dove White-throated Sparrow
Barred Owl Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Screech-Owl Brown-headed Cowbird
Great Horned Owl Common Grackle
Common Nighthawk Eastern Meadowlark
Belted Kingfisher House Finch
Northern Flicker American Goldfinch
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker House Sparrow
Downy Woodpecker  



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