70th Meeting of the Kansas Ornithological Society
October 5 - 7, 2018
University of Kansas, Lawrence


Join KOS members for a weekend of paper presentations and birding in northeast Kansas as we celebrate our 70th Annual Meeting!

Fall Meeting Program (PDF)
Call for Papers
Registration Information (PDF)
Registration Form Only (fillable PDF form)
Online Payment/Registration Please read all the instructions!

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 5
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Social at the Biodiversity Institute, University of Kansas. Tours of the bird collection will begin at 6 p.m. and are limited to 15 people per tour.  will be held in the Panorama Gallery on the Fourth Floor of Dyche Hall. Enter the main entrance on the east. Parking is available in the lot across the street or in the Mississippi Street Parking Garage to the north of the Kansas Union.

Saturday, October 6 (times tentative)
8 a.m. - Registration at Forum A, Burge Union, University of Kansas

9 a.m. - Welcome and paper session. (All Saturday daytime sessions will be in Forum A, Burge Union. Parking available in lot 72 immediately east of Burge Union.)

11:30 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. Please bring photos on a flash drive.

2:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Paper Session.

4:30 p.m. - KOS Business Meeting.

6:30 - 9:30 p.m. - Banquet at The Jay, University of Kansas Union

7:30 - 9 p.m. - Awards and speaker
Banquet Speaker - Bob Gress, professional nature photographer and retired director of the Great Plains Nature Center, Wichita.

Sunday, October 8
7:00 a.m. - Half day field trips will include areas around Lawrence and in surrounding counties. Gather in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn.

Noon - Compilation at Baker Wetlands Discovery Center, 1365 N. 1250 Road, Lawrence
Compilation will include birds seen in Douglas and surrounding counties starting at noon on Friday the 6th.

Online map of University of Kansas
Burge Student Union is code BURG
University of Kansas Union is code KSUN
Mississippi Street Parking Garage code is MSPK

Field Trips
There are two field trips planned for Clinton Reservoir:
1) Bloomington Beach and Wakarusa Causeway; Debby McKee, leader.
2) Below Clinton Dam (sunrise for gull takeoff) and the model airport (walking and flushing rails); Malcolm Gold, leader. Participants planning to walk and flush rails should wear rubber boots and possibly rain pants for walking the model airport field. Often it is flooded with tall grass that remains wet late into the morning.
Clinton Reservoir is a 7,000 acre lake managed by The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. An additional 15,000 acres of land around the lake is managed for a variety of outdoor activities. In coordination with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, segments of the land have been restored to native grassland and oak hickory forest. The land around Clinton Reservoir features bluffs, wooded shorelines and many trails.

One field trip is planned for Baker Wetlands. Kylee Sharp, leader. A 927-acre preserve, Baker Wetlands is located on the south side of Lawrence. The property includes 45 acres of native wetland prairie, as well as restored marshes and mature riparian woodlands. It has over 10 miles of trails.

Lodging in Lawrence

While there are many motels in Lawrence, two have been recommended for KOS. Be sure to mention KOS to see if there are still rooms in the housing block.

Hampton Inn
2300 West 6th Street, Lawrence, KS

Holiday Inn Express and Suites
3411 S.W. Iowa, Lawrence, KS


The meeting registration fee is $20. The Saturday evening banquet is $25 (everyone has to pay for the banquet.) The Sunday box lunch is $10. The registration fee is waived for students. If your abstract for presenting a paper is accepted, you still have to register. Registrations have to be received by September 27th to be included in the meal counts. No refunds for cancellations after September 28th. Registrations received after September 27th will have a $10 surcharge per person.

The registration form can be found here (as a PDF file). All participants must sign the liability release in order to participate in any portion of this meeting. By registering electronically you agree to the conditions of the liability release.

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

Best Bird of the Year

Nomination for unusual or rare birds observed since September 30, 2017.

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).

KOS Research Fund Fundraiser
Stay tuned for possible developments on a Research Fund Fundraiser.  You may, instead, send a donation to KOS Treasurer, Max Thompson. There is also a PayPal donate button at the bottom of the online registration payment page.

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