68th Meeting of the Kansas Ornithological Society

  September 30 - October 2, 2016

Garden City Community College, Garden City, Kansas


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

Fall Meeting Program
Call for Papers
Registration Information (PDF)
Registration Form Only (PDF)
Online Payment/Registration
please read all the instructions!
Map of Garden City Community College Campus

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 30
    7 - 9 p.m. Social at GCCC, Fouse Science Hall - look for signs to direct you.

Saturday, October 1 (times tentative)
    8 a.m. - Registration at Fouse Science Hall.

    9 a.m. - Welcome and paper session in Fouse Science Hall Lecture Hall. (All Saturday daytime sessions will be in the Lecture Hall.)

    11:30 a.m. - KOS Business Meeting

    11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch. KOS Board meeting: location will be announced. There are many locations on and near campus for lunch.

    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. - KOS Business Meeting

    6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Banquet in the Endowment Banquet Hall in the Student Union.

    7:30 - 9 p.m. - Awards and speaker
Banquet Speaker
Our Banquet Speaker this year is Dr. Mike Husak from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. Dr. Husak is a professor of biology and his presentation is titled: “The Secret Lives of Scissor-tails”. A native of Victoria, Texas he has degrees from Angelo State University and Mississippi State University. Both his MS and Ph.D. dissertations focused on birds (Golden-fronted Woodpeckers and avian community structure in bottomland hardwood forests across seasons). Dr. Husak teaches numerous classes at Cameron University and studies breeding biology and migration of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers. If you love Scissor-tails, you won’t want to miss this!

Sunday, October 2
    7:00 a.m. - Half day field trips will include areas around Garden City. Gather in the parking lot outside Fouse Science Hall.
    Noon - Lunch and compilation will be at the park on the east side of the Garden City Zoo. (additional directions will be given at the banquet)

Lodging in Garden City

A rooming block has been reserved at America’s Best Value Inn, 620-275-5095, 1818 Commanche (next to the IHOP Restaurant). Rate is $55 per night. Ask for the KOS or KOS/Community College block. Please try to make reservations by September 26th.

There are numerous other hotels in this area, approximately 1.5 miles from the college. None of these have a reserved block for KOS.

Holiday Inn Express: 2502 E Kansas, 620-275-5900 Complimentary Continental Breakfast

Townplace Suites by Marriott: 3510 E Kansas, 620-805-6717 Complimentary Hot Breakfast

Comfort Inn: 2608 E. Kansas, 620-275-5800 Complimentary Continental Breakfast

Best Western Plus: 2412 E. Kansas, 620-277-7100 Complimentary Continental Breakfast

AmericInn Lodge & Suites: 3020 E. Kansas, 620-272-9860 Complimentary Hot Breakfast

Clarion Inn & Conference Center: 1911 E. Kansas, 620-275-7471

National 9 Inn: 123 Honeybee Court, 620-275-0677 (only 4 blocks from the college)

The meeting registration fee is $15. The Saturday evening banquet is $20. The Sunday box lunch is $8. Registration fee is waived for students. Registrations must be received by September 23rd to be included in meal counts. No refunds for cancellations after September 27th.

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

Student Research Fund Fundraiser
There will not be a silent auction this year. Another form of fundraiser is being planned. Stay tuned for details and opportunities to support this activity! If you can not attend the KOS Annual Meeting but would like to support the Student Research Fund, you may send your donation to KOS Treasurer, Max Thompson.

Best Bird of the Year

Nomination for unusual or rare birds observed since September 30, 2015.

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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