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2006 WINTER MEETING TO BE IN MANCHESTER

January 27-29

The Highland Rim Chapter extends a cordial invitation to TOS members to attend the 2006 Winter Meeting, to be held in Manchester on January 27-29.

The Ambassador Inn & Luxury Suites at 925 Interstate Drive (I-24, Exit 110) will be the headquarters for the event. The Ambassador Inn is holding a block of rooms for TOS members. For reservations at the TOS rate, call 931-728-2200 or 800-237-9228. TOS rate is $45.00+ tax for a room, and $59.00+ tax for a suite. TOS rate includes a full breakfast bar. To obtain the special rate, be sure to mention that you are with the TOS group. Reservations may be canceled up to January 27.

In conjunction with the TOS meeting, the Tennessee Partners in Flight Monitoring Committee will meet from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday, January 27 in the conference room at the Ambassador Inn. A block of rooms are being held for these participants, and these rooms will be available for Thursday night, January 26. Participants may obtain the same special rate by mentioning TOS and/or Partners in Flight.

Directions to the Ambassador Inn

The Ambassador Inn is reached by taking Interstate 24 to Exit 110. The exit sign reads Manchester and Woodbury. The Ambassador sign and building are visible at one end of Interstate Drive as soon as you exit I-24. The Inn is within walking distance of Cracker Barrel, Oak Restaurant, and Crockett's. A Waffle House and a Mexican restaurant are also nearby.

Alternative Lodging

The following motels are located on or near Interstate Drive, and are close to the Ambassador Inn:
Hampton Inn (33 Paradise Street; 931-723-6363)
Economy Inn (890 Interstate Drive; 931-728-9383)

Field Trips

Trips to the following sites are planned:

Bark Camp Barrens & Sinking Pond - Habitat: Large open grassland/woodland swamp and adjacent scrubby and mature pine/deciduous woodland and maybe a heronry (if sinking pond is dry).
Sparrows, Northern Harrier/other field hawks, Woodpecker (including Red-headed), Pine and Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wood Ducks (if sinking pond is wet), Wild Turkey, various Blackbirds, and various winter-resident migrants.

Woods Reservoir/Bradley Creek - Habitat: Large open lake and bottomland hardwood and adjacent wooded shoreline and shallow mudflats.
Waterfowl: Loons, grebes, cormorants, geese and ducks
Fields: Gulls, Bald Eagles, and pipits
Shorebirds: (Snipe, Least Sandpipers, etc.) Winter Wrens, Barred Owls have to be called in; woodland hawks, and, maybe, Sandhill Cranes.

Registration

The registration fee is $10.00. Attendees may pay upon arrival at the Ambassador Inn, but pre-payment is encouraged.
Send check to
Vida Sherwood, Highland Rim TOS Treasurer
1326 Harton Blvd.
Tullahoma, TN 37388

Meeting Agenda

Friday, January 27
6:30 - 8:30 pm   Registration and refreshments; announcements; sign-up for
                        field trips in the Ambassador Inn Conference Room

Saturday, January 28
5:30 - 7:00 am   Breakfast
7:00 - 12:00 pm Field trips - depart from Ambassador Inn
12:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch; return to Ambassador Inn
Discussions in the Ambassador Inn Conference Room
2:00 - 2:45 pm   Talk by Charlie Muise on the Tennessee Coordinated Bird
                        Monitoring Plan.
(Charlie is with the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, and is the TOS Knoxville Chapter President).
2:45 - 3:15 pm   Break
3:15 - 4:00 pm   Talk by John Lamb on Avian Projects at Arnold AFB, TN
(John is the Conservation Biologist for AEDC, and a member of the Highland Rim Chapter of TOS).
4:00 - 5:00 pm   Break
5:00 - 7:00 pm   Dutch Treat supper at area restaurants of choice. And return
                        to Ambassador Inn.
7:00 - 9:00 pm   Some light business and committee meetings for those
                        members involved

Sunday, January 29
5:30 - 7:00 am   Breakfast
7:00 - 12:00 pm Field trips - depart from Ambassador Inn
12:00 noon        Compilation - Ambassador Inn Break Room or Lobby


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