TOS 100 Year Anniversary - 2015 Annual Meeting

The Tennessee Ornithological Society celebrated its 100th Anniversary on April 30-May 3, 2015 at Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, Tennessee hosted by the Nashville Chapter.

  • Attendees saw many birds from the lodge
  • Such as this Ruby-throated Hummingbird on her nest
  • Gathering in the lodge lobby before one of the field trips
  • One of the many field trips
  • When in doubt, consult the field guide
  • Birding on the water
  • Susan Hollyday (on left) organized the Heritage Room with displays on the rich history of the TOS
  • The display of the TOS founders
  • The display on the Tennessee Breeding Bird Atlas project
  • Sandy Bivens explains the historic Chimney Swift trap used to capture and band swifts decades ago
  • Marilyn and Earl Henry, Jr. with the display of Earl Henry, Sr. bird prints
  • Long-time member Ken Dubke reminiscing about an event on the TOS timeline assembled by Cyndi Routledge
  • The Centennial anniversary cake
  • Dr. Stefan Wolfman on "One hundred years of changes in the birds of Tennessee"
  • Dr. Jim Tucker on "If it hadn't been for the Tennessee Ornithological Society, I..."
  • Brian Ellis channels John James Audubon
  • Treasurer Mac McWhirter (standing at left) presents the financial report at the Saturday afternoon Board of Directors meeting. To his right are outgoing President Ron Hoff and Secretary Cyndi Routledge.
  • The current and past TOS Presidents. Left to right: Ron Hoff, Bob Ford, Jim Ferguson, Chris Sloan, Ken Dubke, Chuck Nicholson, Richard Connors, Dick Preston, Susan McWhirter, Danny Gaddy, and Virginia Reynolds.
  • Richard Connors preparing to take the group photograph
  • Herding the group for the group photograph
  • The buffet line at the banquet
  • The banquet
  • The banquet
  • Marcia Davis accepts the TOS Distinguished Service Award during the annual membership meeting
  • Outgoing TOS President Ron Hoff passes the gavel to incoming TOS President Steve Routledge
  • javascript slideshowFamily members of TOS co-founder Albert F. Ganier are recognized during the banquet
  • Birding on the water
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Over 164 members and guests traveled from as far as California and Maine to participate in the weekend’s festivities.

The event began with a reception hosted by the Memphis Chapter of TOS followed by an early evening Owl Prowl lead by the Park Ranger.

On Friday we began the first of 3 mornings of field trips around Montgomery Bell and surrounding areas.  Birders tabulated a total of 136 species for the entire weekend.  Members were also delighted to discover as many as 15 nesting birds around the Inn itself. 

A big draw was the Heritage Room coordinated by Susan Hollyday, which featured historical items, posters and other memorabilia from around the State highlighting the Founders, major projects and events of the last 100 years.

Three wonderful programs presented by Dr. Jim Tucker, Dr. Andy Jones and Dr. Stefan Wolfmann educated and entertained the membership.

The Knoxville Chapter of TOS hosted the Friday evening reception, which was a lovely prelude to the evening performance by John James Audubon a.k.a. Brian “Fox” Ellis.
Offered throughout the weekend by Marilyn and Earl Henry Jr. were bird prints of former member Earl Henry Sr. who tragically died in service to his country during WWII.  All proceeds from the art sale were donated to the Bob Hatcher Memorial Scholarship fund.

After the Saturday afternoon Board of Directors meeting all participants gathered outside the Inn for the 100th Anniversary group picture. 

The festivities continued with the Saturday night banquet where descendants of the Founders as well as those who are 50+ year members of TOS were recognized and introduced.  The evening culminated with the debut of Danny Shelton’s remarkable historical video perspective of the history of the Society ”A Century of Birds: The Tennessee Ornithological Society.” 

As friends old and new departed for home on Sunday, a sense of renewal, pride and energy rippled throughout inspiring us as we embark on the next century of service to the birds of Tennessee.

- Contributed by Cyndi and Steve Routledge. Photographs by Danny Shelton, Richard Connors, and Ron Hoff;



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