67th Meeting of the Kansas Ornithological Society


October 2 - 4, 2015


Emporia State University, Emporia, 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)
Online Payment/Registration
please read all the instructions!
Map of Emporia State University Campus

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 2
7 - 9 p.m. Social at ESU’s Breukelman Science Hall, Schmidt Museum of Natural History (Please note that this is a changed location.)
Since the location for the originally scheduled site is not yet completed, please note that this is on the ESU campus - so noted on the above linked map!! SH is the indicator on that map.

Saturday, October 3 (times tentative)
 · 8 a.m. - Registration at Breukelman Science Hall, Schmidt Museums of Natural History. Silent auction setup in Room 46.

· 9 a.m. - Welcome and paper session in Breukelman Science Hall room 72. (All Saturday daytime sessions will be in room 72.)

· 11:35 a.m. - KOS Business Meeting

· 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch. KOS Board meeting: location will be announced.

· 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Birdwatcher’s Hour - an opportunity for you to show your bird photos from the past year.

· 2:30 - 5 p.m. - Paper Session.

· 5 p.m. - Silent Auction ends. KOS Business Meeting

· 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Banquet in the Memorial Union, Skyline Room (2nd floor).

· 7:30 - 9 p.m. - Awards and speaker

Guest speaker: Noppadol Paothong is a staff photographer at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).  Nop spent 12 years photographing grassland grouse. This work is documented in the award winning book, “Save The Last Dance”. You can view some of Nop's work at http://www.nopnatureimages.com/ You will find Nop's presentation to be stunning and entertaining yet somewhat poignant as he discusses the sad state of declining grassland grouse numbers.

 Sunday, October 4
7:00 a.m. - Half day field trips will include areas around Emporia and surrounding areas. Possible Field Trips include Lyon County State Lake, Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge, and Tallgrass Praire National Preserve. We will gather at the Breukelman Science Hall parking lot along Merchat St.

Noon - Lunch and compilation at Kiwanis Shelter in Peter Pan Park (corner of W. Kansas Ave and S. Congress St.)

Lodging in Emporia

Rooming blocks have been reserved at two hotels.

20 rooms at Best Western in Emporia. Special rate is $87.99 - book by September 23rd.
    3021 US-50, Emporia, KS 66801  (620) 342-7587 Ask for Kansas Ornithological Group block.
20 rooms at Candlewood Suites - $74.99 by September 2nd.
    2602 Candlewood Dr, Emporia, KS  (620) 343-7756 Ask for Kansas Ornithological Group block.

A list of additional hotels can be found here.

Emporia has a wide range of fine eating establishments. The Emporia Convention and Visitors Bureau has a good website with a list of restaurants.

The meeting registration fee is $25. The Saturday evening banquet is $20. The Sunday box lunch is $8. Registration fee is waived for students. Registrations must be received by September 25th to be included in meal counts. No refunds for cancellations after September 25th.

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, 2014.

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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