KOS 2008 Fall Meeting
October 3 - 5, Hays, Ellis County
Ft. Hays State University

Registration Form
Call for Papers
Best Bird of the Year

Join KOS members for a weekend of paper presentations and birding in the Smoky Hills of Kansas, an area named for the early morning haze that often gathers in the valleys. On average this region receives 18-26 inches of precipitation annually, and short- and mid-grass prairies typify the vegetation. Birders may expect to find a variety of birds in these mixed habitats.
Outcrops of Cretaceous Period rocks and limestone of the Niobrara Chalk formation characterize the geology of this region. Because of the paucity of timber in this area, settlers used limestone for buildings and fence posts; participants may also wish to look for fossils in stones.

Paper abstracts are due by September 15; send in MS Word to Greg Farley at gfarley@fhsu.edu.

Schedule of Events
An informal reception, bird quiz and registration will be held Friday evening. Paper sessions on ornithological studies in Kansas will be held Saturday in 169 Albertson Hall.

The banquet Saturday night will feature Geoff Hill of Auburn University. He will speak about his most recent book on bird coloration, as well as ongoing efforts to document Ivory-billed Woodpeckers in the Choctawhatchee River Basin of the Florida panhandle.

Field trips will be led by individuals with strong connections to the region: Greg Farley, Terry Mannell, Mike Rader, and Scott Seltman.

Friday, October 3
7:00 p.m.—Informal reception at Memorial Union.  Refreshments and a bird quiz will be provided at the Sunset Lounge.

Saturday, October 4
7:15 a.m.—Bird walk. Meet at south entrance of Albertson Hall.
7:45 a.m. —Registration begins.
8:30 - 8:45 a.m.—Welcome.
8:45 - 9:00 a.m. —Business meeting.
9:00 a.m. - noon —Paper session.
Noon - 1:30 p.m. —Lunch on your own; KOS board will meet in Albertson 303.
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. —Birdwatchers' Hour.
2:30 - 5:00 p.m. —Paper session. Silent auction ends.
5:00 - 5:30 p.m. —Business meeting.
6:00 - 6:30 p.m. —Social.
6:30-9:00 —Banquet – Robbins Endowment Center
adjacent to Gross Memorial Coliseum.

Sunday, October 5
6:30 a.m.—Half-day field trips depart to Wilson Reservoir, Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Ellis County hot spots and the Fort Hays State University bird banding station.
Noon—Compilation at Frontier Park.

Lodging and Dining
Lodging opportunities abound in Hays: http://www.haysusa.com/html/accommodations.html.  There is no home football game that weekend, but make reservations early. Information on dining options may also be found on the same Web site.

Please print and fill out the registration form located here.  Other than the Friday reception, Saturday snack breaks, Saturday banquet and Sunday lunch, participants are responsible for meals and snacks. All participants must sign the liability release on the
registration form in order to participate in any portion of this meeting.

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.

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