66th Meeting of the Kansas Ornithological Society

October 3 - 5, 2014

Kansas Wesleyan University

Salina, Kansas


Join KOS members for a weekend of paper presentations and birding in central Kansas.

Fall Meeting Program
Call for Papers
Registration Information (PDF)
Registration Form Only (PDF)
Map of Kansas Wesleyan Campus
Sorry - no online registration option.

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 3
• 6:00-9:00 p.m. — Registration and informal reception at Lakewood Discovery Center Lodge, Lakewood Dr, 250, Salina, KS.
Directions: Located in Salina’s Lakewood Park, with access from North or Iron Streets. (Lakewood Discovery Center Lodge is east of Orscheln Farm & Home store and Lakewood Middle School.) There is no road access to Lakewood Park from the east or west.

Saturday, October 4 (Detailed Saturday Schedule)
• 8:00 a.m. — Registration and refreshments at Sams Hall of Fine Arts on the Kansas Wesleyan University campus. Main Entry is on the east side of the building.
• 9:00 a.m. — Welcome and announcements in Fitzpatrick Theater in the Sams Hall of Fine Arts.
• 9:15 a.m. — Paper Session - Fitzpatrick Theater
• 11:15 a.m. — Business meeting.
• 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. — Lunch on your own. Board will meet at the Sudent Union.
• 1:30–2:30 p.m. — Birdwatchers' Hour.
• 2:30 p.m. — Paper session. Silent auction ends.
• 4:45–5:00 p.m. — Business meeting.
• 6:00–9:00 p.m. — Banquet, awards and speaker at the Salina Country Club, 2101 East Country Club Road. Salina, KS. Directions: Drive east on Iron Ave. (the former Marymount College will be on your left), turn left onto Marymount Road and drive one block north to the Salina Country Club. Turn left off Marymount Road and go up the hill. Park in upper parking lot. Our after dinner speaker will be Al Batt. Al is from Minnesota and is a regular columnist for Bird Watchers Digest. Al is a birder and conservationist and has a great sense of humor. Anyone who reads one of his regular columns will want to hear him in person!

Sunday, October 5
• 7:00 a.m.—Half-day field trip locations will include areas around Salina and possibly reaching out to include Ottawa and Ellsworth Counties. We will meet at the Lakewood Middle School's south parking area to carpool for field trips. Lakewood Middle School is east of Orscheln Farm and Home Store on North Ohio. Turn east on Circle Drive immediately on the south side of Orschelns - this will lead to the entry to the school parking lot. Lakewood Middle School is immediately west of the Lakewood Discovery Center Lodge.
• 12:00 p.m.—Lunch and compilation at outdoor covered shelter about a block south of Lakewood Discovery Center Lodge in Lakewood Park.  In case of inclement weather, the compilation will be moved indoors to the Lakewood Discovery Center Lodge.

Lodging in Salina

Blocks of rooms have been reserved at two hotels which are located near each other. Please note that there is a large multi-state conference scheduled to take place in Salina the same weekend as the KOS Fall Meeting. One of the hotels in which we wanted to reserve rooms was nearly sold out by the first week of April. Your reservation must be made by the cut-off date specified by each hotel to ensure you have a room at the group rate. Call NOW!!!!!

Comfort Suites
715 W. Schilling (I-135) 785-404-6944
Group block (all king rooms, no smoking)
Must make reservation by Thursday, September 4, 2014 to get an $89 (single) rate and a room.
Ask for the “Kansas Ornithological Society group block.”

Best Western Plus
745 W. Schilling Road 785-493-9800
Group block (all double queen rooms) under “Kansas Ornithologists Bird Watchers.”
Must make reservation by Sept. 27, 2014 to get an $82.95 rate and a room!


Plenty of restaurants may be found in Salina, especially south on South 9th Street.

The meeting registration fee is $25. The Saturday evening banquet is $28. The Sunday box lunch is $8. Registration fee is waived for students 25 and under. Registrations must be received by September 26th to be included in meal counts. No refunds for cancellations after September 26th. 

The registration form may be found here (as a pdf file). All participants must sign the liability release in order to participate in any portion of this meeting.

Mail completed registration form and payment to:
Max Thompson
1729 E 11th Ave,
Winfield, KS 67156

Silent auction
Members and guests are strongly encouraged to bring donated items for the Silent Auction. Suitable donations include birding-themed equipment, field guides, bird houses, bird baths and optics. All proceeds go to the KOS Student Research Fund.

Best Bird of the Year

Nomination for unusual or rare birds observed since September 30, 2013.

Please send your nominations to Eugene Young, Northern Oklahoma College, 1220 E. Grand. PO Box 310, Tonkawa, OK 74653-0310; or EUGENE.YOUNG@noc.edu.  Be sure to include the species, location and name(s) of the observer(s).

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