2017 Fall Meeting and Symposium at Kingsport

October 6-8

The Kingsport Chapter will host the 2017 fall meeting and symposium in Kingsport. The meeting will be held Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 8. Activities will include field trips on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and the annual symposium and fall Board of Directors meeting Saturday afternoon.

The Friday evening registration, social, and informal dinner will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Shelter #9 at Bays Mountain Recreation Area, 404 Bays Mountain Park Road, Kingsport.

Other meeting activities will be at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center, 1901 Meadowview Parkway, Kingsport, TN 37760. The Meadowview Marriot is adjacent to the Cattails Golf Course, which provides good birding opportunities. It is also at the foot of Bays Mountain, the location of Bays Mountain Park, the largest city park in the state and a well-known birding site.

Field trips on Saturday and Sunday mornings are planned for Roan Mountain, the South Holston Weir Dam, and various locations around Kingsport on the Kingsport Birding Trail.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the MeadowView Marriott, (423) 578-6600. When making your reservation, ask for the Birding Kingsport Room Block to receive the room rate of $111.00 plus tax.

An additional block of rooms is being held at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kingsport-Meadowview I-26, 1217 Stewball Circle, Kingsport, phone (423) 723-2300, at the rates of @112.00 plus tax for a couple and $122.00 plus tax for a suite. Breakfast is included. Mention Birding Kingsport when making your reservation to receive the special rates. This hotel is about 1.5 miles from the Meadowview Marriott.

Other nearby hotels include a Hampton Inn, Comfort Suites, and a Quality Inn.


Friday, October 6
5:00 - 8:00 PM - Registration, Field Trip Sign-up, Social and Dinner
Bays Mountain Recreation Area Shelter #9
Food, drinks, and a cash bar will be available. Handicap accessible.

Saturday, October 7
7:30 AM - Field trips leave from MeadowView Marriott, 1901 Meadowview Parkway, Kingsport

2:00 - 3:00 PM - Paper session
MeadowView Nolichucky Conference Room

3:00 - 4:30 PM - TOS Board of Directors Meeting
MeadowView Nolichucky Conference Room

6:00 PM - Banquet and ETSU Eagle Cam Presentation
MeadowView Convention Center A. Presentation by Dr. Fred J. Alsop, III. Attire is casual. Cash bar in banquet room.

Sunday, October 8
7:30 AM - Field trips leave from Meadowview Marriott

Field Trips

Saturday, October 8 - Carpooling recommended
1) Roan Mountain
2) Shady Valley - Orchard Bog and Schoolyard Springs Nature Conservancy sites
3) South Holston Weir Dam / Rooty Branch

Sunday, October 9
1) Riverfront to Holston River Confluence (Greenbelt / Kingston Birding Trail) and Ft. Patrick Henry Dam
2) Cattails at MeadowView (Kingston Birding Trail)
3) Phipps Bend (carpooling recommended)

Saturday Banquet

The menu for the Saturday evening banquet is chicken, salad, two sides, rolls, dessert, tea, and coffee. Vegetarian and glutin-free options are available. The banquet speaker will be Dr. Fred J. Alsop, III, a professor in the ETSU Department of Biological Sciences. Dr. Alsop tells students who take his ornithology classes “this class will change your life,” and it does.

Contact Information

For more information contact the Kingsport chapter at birdingkingsport@gmail.com.

Additional information on the meeting will be posted here as it becomes available.


Please print out, complete, and mail the form below with your check by September 1.


Name(s) ________________________________________________________________

Address ________________________________________________________________

E-mail ______________________________ Cell phone __________________________

TOS Chapter _________________________ Office held? _________________________

$ _______ for ____ Registrations @ $10 each
$ _______ for ____ Dinner Reservations @ $30 each    ____ Vegetarian   ____ Gluten-Free

$ _______ Total amount enclosed.  Make check payable to Birding Kingsport TOS

Is this the first time you’ve ever attended a TOS meeting?    ____ Yes ____No

Mail registration form and check by September 1 to:
Birding Kingsport, PO Box 7477, Kingsport, TN 37664



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