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Memphis Chapter

Tennessee Ornithological Society

The Memphis Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society became officially affiliated with TOS in 1929.

Memphis Chapter meetings are held September through May at 7:00 pm on the third Wednesday of the month at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 2425 South Germantown Road, Germantown, TN.  Meetings feature an interesting program, reports of unusual sightings, announcements of hikes and birding opportunities, plus refreshments and social time. Chapter members range from the backyard birder to the professional ornithologist, and new members are always welcome! Check our monthly newsletter for details about upcoming meeting programs, field trips, special events, and recent bird observations.

Birding field trips are scheduled several times a month to nearby areas.  Favorite birding sites include the forest and fields of Shelby Farms Park in east Memphis; the upland and bottomland hardwood forest of Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park; and the sludge ponds, fields and forest of the EARTH Complex.  Scheduled trips are subject to change. For more information contact Martha Waldron at

Memphis Field TripPhoto by Jay Walko

Memphis Chapter members participate in Christmas Bird Counts, Breeding Bird Surveys, and a Mid-Winter Eagle Survey. The Chapter has created checklists for all the major birding areas in west Tennessee including state parks, refuges, and wildlife management areas. Over the past 25 years we have hacked bald eagles, osprey, and peregrine falcons.  The Memphis Chapter has provided funding and secured grants for the acquisition of major natural areas in west Tennessee including the more than 4,000 acre Wolf River Wildlife Management Area.

Chapter members also participate in several special birding and/or related events in the region. Click here for a list of upcoming events. Data collected by members of the Memphis Chapter were compiled by Martha Waldron into a booklet, Seasonal Occurrences of Shelby County, Tennessee Birds.  This document is now available on-line.

MTOS is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission includes the study of birds, conservation of habitat, and public education. Please consider MTOS in your planned giving and estate planning. Click here for a brief history of the Memphis Chapter.