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2002 TOS Spring Meeting
May 3-5
Dyersburg and Reelfoot

The Memphis Chapter of TOS will host the 2002 Spring Meeting on May 3-5. The meeting headquarters and lodging will be in Dyersburg, and most field trips will be to the Reelfoot Lake area.

Meeting headquarters will be the Dyersburg State Community College Student Center, where the Friday night reception and Saturday meetings and dinner will take place. DSCC is located just south of the Highway 51 Bypass at the corner of Lake Road (Highway 78) and Parkview Street. It is convenient to motels and restaurants, and Highway 78 is the road to Reelfoot.

Saturday and Sunday field trips will include those that have been most popular at Reelfoot in the past, as well as some new ones. Varied habitats such as woods, fields, lakes, marshy areas and Mississippi River levees will provide opportunities to see spring migrants of all kinds, including warblers, rails, and shorebirds.

Also, weather and water levels permit, a limited number of people will be able to go birding by canoe or bypontoon boat. canoe trips could be Saturday or Sunday morning, 8 AM to noon, or Saturday afternoon from 1 to 5 PM. Pontoon boat rides would be 1 1/2 to 2 hours long, mornings or afternoon. The cost of either canoe or pontoon boat will be $8 for adults and $5 for children. To help us know if there is sufficient interest, please indicate your preferences on the registration form.

Our dinner speaker will be Wayne R. Petersen, Field Ornithologist with the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Petersen will be speaking on his specialty - shorebirds. He is an author and lecturer, and has led birding trips from arctic Canada to South America. Writing projects have included editing the Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas, co-authoring Birds of Massachusetts, and writing the National Audubon Society's Pocket Guide to Songbirds and Familiar Backyard Birds (East). He is Vice President of the American Birding Association.

There are many motels in the area, but a special rate for TOS members has been arranged with the following motels, which are all convenient to DSCC and on the road to Reelfoot:

- Hampton Inn (731-285-4778) - $65, king or 2 double beds, $62.10 for single if AARP or AAA, (includes deluxe 40 item continental breakfast).
- Comfort Inn (731-285-6951) - single $49, double $55 (includes smaller continental breakfast).
- Best Western (866-285-8601, toll free) - single $45, double $55 (Perkins Restaurant on site).

The motels are holding rooms for TOS until April 22. To get the above rates you MUST CALL THE MOTEL DIRECT AND TELL THEM YOU ARE WITH TOS. Ask them to confirm the rate to be sure. Reservations should be made as soon as possible, since the first weekend of May is a very busy one.


Friday, May 3  
7:30 - 9:00 PM Registration and refreshments at the Dyersburg State
  Community College Student Center
  Sign up for field trips
Saturday, May 4  
7:00 AM Field trips depart
4:00 PM Board Meeting in the Auditorium at DSCC Student Center
6:30 PM Dinner catered by Stein-Low at the Student Center
8:00 PM Business Meeting and Program in the Auditorium
Sunday, May 5  
7:00 AM Field trips depart
12:00 Noon Compilation at rear of Ellington Hall, Reelfoot Lake State Park



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