The Tennessee Ornithological Society is an independent, non-profit, educational and scientific organization devoted to the study and conservation of birds. Our members encourage the study of bird life, to record such findings and to spread our interest among others.

TOS holds annual weekend spring and fall meetings in various venues across Tennessee. These meetings are hosted by one of the 10 local Chapters and are comprised of a Friday night reception, half-day field trips, a business meeting, scientific paper presentations and a celebratory dinner.  An annual winter meeting brings together the membership for the sheer pleasure of birding.

Daily access to bird sightings, important action alerts and other timely announcement can be obtained by joining the Freelist tnbird listserv.

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We are guided by our TOS Constitution.


Our organization is a federation of ten chapters which hold regular meeting and field trips.

TOS Executive Committee Board of Directors


Directors at Large

  • East TN: Susan Hubley

  • Middle TN: Mac McWhirter

  • West TN: Allan Trently

State Directors


  • Rick Blanton

  • Rob Biller


  • Anita Gaddy

  • Danny Gaddy


  • Stephen Zipperer

  • Melissa Turrentine


  • Chris Welsh

  • Tom Howe

  • Ron Hoff

  • Bill Keeler

  • Tony Headrick


  • Ken Oeser
  • Angie Elmore
  • Amy Pardo

  • Jerry Webb

  • Hugh Barger

Buffalo River

  • Don Simbeck

  • Damien Simbeck

Highland Rim

  • Lisa Trail

  • Vida Sherwood


  • Judy Dorsey

  • Bob Foehring

  • Sue Cosmini

  • Dick Preston

  • TBA


  • Kim Stroud

  • Rick Knight

  • Roy Knipsel

  • Joe McGuiness

  • Rob Armistead


  • Helen Sirett
  • Susan Hubley
  • Betty Bailey

TOS Minutes

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Each year our members take part in numerous projects both local and national including the Audubon Christmas Bird Count the Great Backyard Bird Count hawk migration monitoring, shorebird monitoring, and Bluebird trail maintenance and monitoring.  Individual members also conduct annual Breeding Bird Surveys conduct scientific bird banding projects and work together with other National Conservation Organizations such as American Bird Conservancy,  American Birding AssociationCornell Lab of Ornithology to protect habitat, and avian species.

In October 2015 TOS member gathered at Montgomery Bell State Park to celebrate the 100 year Anniversary of the Club – 1915-2015

TOS 100 years

A Century of Birds

This film documents the lives of those who pioneered and sustain the Tennessee Ornithological Society, the earliest state-level bird-study and conservation movement in the southeastern United States. Written, edited, narrated, and filmed by NTOS member Danny Shelton this film was made for the 100th year Anniversary celebration of TOS and stands as a living legacy of the organization.