2016 Annual Meeting at Reelfoot Lake

May 6-8

The Memphis chapter invites all TOS members to the Spring Meeting, to be held May 6, 7 and 8, 2016 at Reelfoot Lake State Park. Ellington Hall has been reserved for meeting registration and a Friday night reception from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, as well as for committee meetings, the board of directors’ meeting, and dinner and the annual meeting on Saturday night.

Lodging

Update 3/4/2016:

The previously announced hotels, Reelfoot Inn and Eagle's Nest, are completely booked for the May 6-8 weekend. Following is information on other lodging in the area:

Dragonfly Inn - $88 per night
Address:  365 Sunkist Beach Road, Tiptonville, TN 38079
Phone:  (731) 253-0206 or (731) 442-0750
Email:  maryann@dragonflyinnreelfootlake.com
Owner Mary Ann Holt would love to get more birder business and has rooms currently available! 

Male Prothonoraty Warbler at Reelfoot

Econo Lodge - $55 room rate
Address: 815 Reelfoot Dr, Dyersburg, TN 38024
Phone:  (731) 285-6954

Holiday Inn Express - $109 room rate
Address: 822 Reelfoot Dr, Dyersburg, TN 38024
Phone:  (731) 286-1021

Sleep Inns and Sleep - $74 room rate
Address: 824 Reelfoot Dr, Dyersburg, TN 38024
Phone:  (731) 287-0248

Great Egret with young gar at ReelfootReelfoot birds. Top: Prothonotary Warbler delivering food to nest. Bottom: Great Egret
with young gar. Photos by Allen Sparks.

Hampton Inn Dyersburg - $89 room rate
Address:  2750 Mall Loop Rd, Dyersburg, TN 38024
Phone:  (731) 285-4778

Quality Inn - $65 room rate
Address: 800 Silver Rd, Dyersburg, TN 38024
Phone:  (731) 285-6951

Days Inn Dyersburg - $59 room rate
Address: 2600 Lake Rd, Dyersburg, TN 38024
Phone:  (731) 287-0888

Or if you like Airbnb rooms there are several available in the Dyersburg area. Here’s a link to more information http://tinyurl.com/dyersburg

If you would like you can always call Reelfoot Inn or Eagle’s Nest and ask to be put on a waiting list just in case they have any last minute cancellations. 

Reelfoot Inn:
Address: 1520 State Route 21 East, Tiptonville, TN 38079
Website: http://reelfootlakeinnmotel.com/
Phone: (731) 253-6845

Eagle’s Nest:
Address: 256 W Lakeview Dr. Hornbeak TN 38232
Website: http://www.eaglenestresort.com/.
Phone: (731) 538-2143

Camping at Reelfoot Lake State Park’s south campground is another option.
Website: http://tnstateparks.com/parks/campground/reelfoot-lake.
Make your reservations early. The campground is extremely busy this weekend.

Events

Saturday night’s dinner will be catered by Blue Bank Fish House and Grill. Dinner cost is $20 per adult and $10 for children. For the Saturday evening dinner program we will learn all about the Greater Prairie Chicken restoration project in our sister state of Missouri from Wildlife Biologist Matt Hill.

Depending on the weather, Reelfoot State Park will offer canoe trips on Saturday morning and pontoon boat rides on Saturday afternoon. Cost is $10 per person for each morning and afternoon option. This fee should be paid to Reelfoot State Park on the day of the trip.

Field trips on Saturday will depart from the state park visitor’s center and explore local hotspots including Walnut Log Road, the main unit of Black Bayou, the Phillipy pits area and Mississippi levee. Depending on water levels, Long Point and Lake Isom may be included. Field trips on Sunday will be contingent upon what we find on Saturday.

   
Ospreys at Reelfoot Lake Nest Great Blue Heron
Left: Ospreys at Reelfoot nest. Right: One of the many Great Blue Herons at Reelfoot.
 

Contact Information

For more information contact:
Kate Friedman, MTOS President, (901) 826-4615, Katef5269@gmail.com

Registration

For registration, print out this form, fill it out, and mail it and your registration fee to Barbara Pyles at the address on the form.

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