2013 FALL MEETING AND SYMPOSIUM AT CLARKSVILLE
The Warioto Chapter of the National Audubon Society invites TOS members and all other interested birders to the Fall Meeting and Symposium on September 27-29, 2013. The meeting will feature a Friday evening gathering, field trips to many of the local area hotspots, a Board of Directors meeting and symposium with submitted presentations on Saturday afternoon.
The host hotel is the Country Inns and Suites, 3075 Wilma Rudolph Blvd., at I-24 Exit 4 in Clarksville. TN 37027. Rooms are $89 per night plus tax; call 1-931-645-1400 before September 10, ask for Erin or Donna, and mention TOS for the special rate. The room rate after September 10 is $129 per night.
The Saturday afternoon meeting and symposium will be held at the the hotel and start at 1:30 PM..
All field trips depart from the host hotel at 7:30 AM and will conclude by noon.
Saturday, September 28
Zinc Plant – Normally closed to the public, this 1600 acres preserve bordered on 3 sides by the Cumberland River offers a diversity of habitats including deciduous woodlands, open meadows, marshes and ponds. Species that might be seen include fall migrants, raptors including Bald Eagles and possible wading and shorebirds.
A mandatory 15-minute video will precede the trip which will be lead by Zinc Plant employee Chad Crocker. We will travel around in vehicles provided by the company.
Leader: Steve Routledge
Bicentennial Trail – This rails-to-trails paved pathway meanders along the bluffs of the Cumberland River through riparian woods in Cheatham County. Fall warblers are often plentiful and fall wildflowers abundant. Gentle walking along a relatively flat trail will make for a lovely morning.
Leaders: Polly Rooker and Tom Salter
Tour de Clarksville – A hop, skip and a jump to a few local “hot spots” around Montgomery County. From woodlands, to fields and to water stops may include Dunbar Cave State Park (also click here), Liberty Park and Marina, St. Bethlehem Civitan Park and Rotary Park. Walking could vary from a flat paved walkway to moderately uneven dirt trail.
Leader: To be announced
Sunday, September 29
Robertson County – With an abundance of farms and pastureland, Robertson County attracts an assortment of species found in grassland habitats. Dickcissels, Blue Grosbeaks, Loggerhead Shrikes, and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers breed here. And in the winter American Pipits, Horned Larks, and, occasionally, Lapland Longspurs can be found in the large fields throughout the area. This field trip will primarily be a driving tour following the route I take when looking for Loggerhead Shrikes. In addition to shrikes, we will encounter species such as Eastern Meadowlarks, Northern Bobwhites, American Kestrels, Horned Larks and various sparrow species. Of course, with migration in progress we may see any of a number of birds passing through. We will also have access via private property to the wetlands at Cedar Hill Swamp where we'll look for Red-headed Woodpeckers.
Leader: Tony Lance
Fort Campbell Army Base – Fort Campbell is a 106,000-acre training area for the 101st Airborne Division located on the Tennessee/Kentucky state line. It contains a diversity of habitats, but is known for its unique native grasslands or "barrens" maintained by prescribed burning. These burned fields provide excellent habitat for rare and declining grassland birds like Northern Bobwhite, Sedge Wren, Henslow's Sparrow, Bachman's Sparrow, and Lark Sparrow. Fort Campbell staff biologist Daniel Moss will lead the field trip to several of these areas not open to the general public.
Leader: Daniel Moss
Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge – Situated on the banks of the Cumberland River and Lake Barkley this refuge offers an auto loop which allows potentially great looks at raptors, waders, shorebirds, early waterfowl, grassland birds and fall migrants. A quick stop at the Visitor’s Center observation deck is about the only walking we’ll do.
Leader: To be announced
The meeting registration fee is $15 per person. Click here for the registration form.
For more information, contact Steve Routledge, email@example.com.
Check back soon for more information on the meeting.