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The Chattanooga Chapter invites you to help us celebrate our 50th anniversary by attending the TOS Spring State Meeting here in the Scenic City! The meeting will be held April 30-May 2 2004, which is the peak of spring migration here.

This year's banquet will be held on Saturday, May 1 on the Southern Belle Riverboat. Click here for information on the riverboat. The banquet will be held from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm, and the cost will be $20 per person, and is all inclusive; cruise, meal, tax, and tip. Reservations for the cruise MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN APRIL 9! This deadline is imposed by the riverboat company and is non-negotiable. A reservation form is attached with The Tennessee Warbler newsletter; you may also click here to download a registration form. The registration fee for the meeting is $5.

The speaker for the spring state meeting will be Mr. Scott Weidensaul. Scott is a natural history author and writes for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has written books on the natural history of the Appalachian Mountains, rare and endangered species, and bird migration, to name a few.

For lodging, we are recommending the EconoLodge at the intersection of Interstate 24 and Brown's Ferry Rd. They are reserving a block of 25 rooms for us at $58.00 + tax. Reservations need to be made by March 30. Call 423-821-9000 and mention you are making reservations for the TOS meeting. This motel is conveniently located to the riverboat as well as many of the field trips. As a bonus, the owners said they would be willing to provide continental breakfast starting at 5:00 AM to accommodate our needs. If you choose to stay elsewhere, there are many other motels in the area, with rate varying between $42.00 and $89.00 per night.

Field trip destinations include Craven's House (songbirds), Brainerd Levee (shorebirds, wading birds), Standifer Gap Marsh (shorebirds, wading birds, rails), and Baylor School (songbirds). All these field trips will be run both Saturday and Sunday (May 1st and May 2nd). There may also be a trip to see the Peregrine Falcons that nest in town.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone this spring!

David Aborn
President, Chattanooga Chapter

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