2010 Annual Meeting at Knoxville

April 30 - May 2

The Knoxville TOS chapter invites all TOS members to the 2010 TOS Annual Meeting, to be held April 30 – May 2, 2010. Friday night registration, Saturday afternoon meetings, and the Saturday Annual Meeting and banquet will be held at the Knoxville Zoo, located off I-40 at Exit 392. For those who would like to explore the zoo on Saturday afternoon, half-price tickets are available by advance purchase only. Click here for directions to the zoo.

Lodging

The conference hotel is the Super 8 Knoxville/East, 7585 Crosswood Blvd., at the Strawberry Plains exit of I-40 (Exit 398). Click here for directions. The hotel offers a continental breakfast and a Sunday brunch. A block of rooms is reserved at a rate of $45.00 plus taxes per night. Make your reservation early and mention TOS when calling 865-524-0855.

Many other hotels are nearby at the Strawberry Plains exit: Quality Inn (865-342-0003); Country Inns and Suites (865-546-5700); Ramada (865-546-7271); Econolodge (865-932-1217); Fairfield Inn by Marriott (865-971-4033); Motel 6 (865-633-6646); Best Western (865-246-1930); and La Quinta (865-633-5100). This exit also has many fast food and casual dining restaurants.

Field Trips

Field trips will be held Saturday, May 1, and Sunday, May 2. All trips will depart from the conference hotel. Destinations include Sharps Ridge, Kyker Bottoms Wildlife Refuge, Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cove Lake State Park and Cross Mountain, and Three Bend Wildlife Refuge. Click here for more information.

Banquet

The speaker for the Saturday banquet will be state ornithologist Scott Somershoe, who will discuss the new Tennessee Watchable Wildlife website (http://www.tnwatchablewildlife.org/) as well as updates about Bald Eagle nests. The menu for the banquet includes chicken piccata, spinach lasagna, salad, and fresh fruit.

Registration

Registration for the meeting is $10. Banquet tickets are $20, and Saturday afternoon zoo tickets (optional) are $8.50. Requests for banquet or zoo tickets must be received by April 15. When registering, indicate if you would like a vegetarian option at the banquet. Send checks to: Knoxville TOS, in care of Marie Oakes, 18 Rockingham Lane, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.

For additional information, contact Robin Barrow, braveladyrobin@gmail.com.

 

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