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November 2-4

The 2007 Fall Meeting and Symposium was held in Manchester on November 2, 3 and 4. The meeting was hosted by the Highland Rim TOS chapter, and the meeting headquarters was the Ambassador Inn & Luxury Suites at 925 Interstate Drive (I-24, Exit 110).

Field Trips
Destinations included:
   Arnold Engineering & Development Center (AECD) - This research and development center a part of Arnold Air Force Base and has many good birding sites. AEDC staff biologist John Lamb lead the field trip group to several areas not open to the general public. For more on the area, see the IBA account and the base website.
   Woods Reservoir - Searched for early arriving waterfowl and other birds. The 4000-acre reservoir was created when the Air Force dammed the Elk River to create a cooling water supply for AEDC. For more on the area, particularly its fishery, click here.
  Other good nearby birding areas to explore on your own or in a small troup include:
   Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park and Manchester Greenway.

Click here for the species list for the meeting. Highlights included in Franklin Co. 1 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, and small flock of PINE SISKINS fly-over (heard first by Ed LeGrand), at least one RED-BREASTED NUTHACH and several WINTER WRENS. Conditions were not ideal on Woods Reservoir but there were a couple of groups of shorebirds with more than one person getting their life look at DUNLIN with a nice in-scope comparison with Least Sandpiper.  

A regular feature of the TOS Fall Meetings is the symposium, during which TOS members and others present the results of their studies of birds in or near Tennessee. Six people gave presentations during the symposium, which was moderated by Chuck Nicholson. Click here for abstracts of the presentations.

Friday, November 2
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Registration & refreshments; announcements; sign-up for field trips in Ambassador Inn Conference Room

Saturday, November 3
5:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. Breakfast
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m Field trips - depart from Ambassador Inn
12:00 p.m - 2:00 p.m Lunch Break
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m Symposium in Conference Room
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m TOS Board of Directors Meeting in Conference Room
         Meeting Agenda
         Draft Minutes from May 07 BOD Meeting and Annual Meeting
Draft Minutes of the Board of Directors Meeting
5:30 p.m - 7:00 p.m Supper Break
7:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m Speaker and any business in Conference Room

Sunday, November 4
5:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. Breakfast
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m Field trips - depart from Ambassador Inn
12:00 p.m Compilation - Ambassador Inn Lobby or Break Room

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