2009 Fall Meeting and Symposium at Columbia

November 6-8

The Tennessee Ornithological Society 2009 fall meeting and symposium was held in Columbia, Tennessee on November 6-8.  The Mayfield-Gray Chapter along with the Buffalo River Chapter hosted the event.  Events include the annual symposium, a board of directors meeting, and field trips.

Annual Symposium

Following is the agenda for the symposium, organized by David Pitts and held Saturday afternoon:

1.  Do Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers have bacterial symbionts that aid in digesting cellulose? H. Dawn Wilkins* and Linda Husmann (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Tennessee at Martin).

2.  Niche portioning and overlap between Red-headed Woodpeckers and Red-bellied Woodpeckers during the winter in a bottomland hardwood forest. Caitlin Gussenhoven* and H. Dawn Wilkins (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Tennessee at Martin).

3.  Ornithological investigations in the Conasauga River Valley. Morris Williams (Division of Math and Science, Martin Methodist College).

4.  Bird study skins from salvaged specimens: evidence to support Murphy’s Law. T. David Pitts (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Tennessee at Martin).
* Denotes Presenter

Field Trips

Field trips were held Saturday and Sunday morning. Planned destinations included Chickasaw Trace Park, Occidental Pond, Monsanto Ponds Area, Arrow Lake, Mt. Pleasant Sewer Lagoons, and Williamsport Lakes Wildlife Management Area. Click here for a list of the birds observed. 

Board of Directors Meeting

The TOS Board of Directors met Saturday afternoon. Click here for the meeting agenda and here for a summary of the meeting. Click here for the draft minutes of the meeting.



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