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Welcome to the online home of the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society! Here you will find our newsletter, information about our upcoming meetings and field trips, and other exciting news about what is happening with our group.

For the current issue of the newsletter, click here.

Monthly Meetings

November 5 - American Kestrel Research

Please join us on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 6:45 p.m. for a presentation by Dr. Sam DeMent on "American Kestrel Research." In 2004, he received both the TOS Conservation and Research Grant and the KTOS J. B. Owen Grant to support his American Kestrel research.

A native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Sam DeMent studied ornithology under the late Dr. Joseph Howell at UTK. Marcia Davis was his classmate! Later, he received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in pathology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He has practiced pathology for 27 years, and recently relocated to Asheville, N.C. where he continues to work as a pathologist.

With a 1996 master banding permit, DeMent has banded some 700 birds of prey including 500 American Kestrels and 107 Loggerhead shrikes. He has published ornithology articles in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases, The Chat, The Oriole, and The Journal of Raptor Research. He lectures on raptor banding techniques in the annual ornithology course at Coastal Carolina University.

The meeting will be held in Room 118 of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Click here for directions.

Field Trips

Seven Islands - Saturday, November 8

Sharp’s Ridge Memorial Park - Saturday, November 15

Victor Ashe Park - Thursday, November 20

Full details about these field trips are available here.

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