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Friday October 26, 2018 to  Sunday October 28, 2018

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Shirts will be available at the meeting along with must have AZFO gear!

SOCIAL TIME 

 

Don’t forget about the AZFO social hour both Friday and Saturday night at the Conference Center. Your chance to catch up and share birding stories and enjoy the aesthetic desert setting.

We are proud to announce our sponsors for the AZFO social, serving beer from Borderland Brewing Company Member of the Western Rivers Brewers' Council.

 

 

 

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Chrissy Kondrat-Smith, AZFO Meeting Coordinator 

azdesertbird@gmail.com

 

Arizona Field Ornithologists

  12th Annual Meeting 

2018 26 - 28 October in Ajo, Arizona 

"Cactus" Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl art by Sydney Smith, 2017 Youth Scholarship Recipient

 

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ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES OCTOBER 17th. 

Birds of a feather are flocking to Ajo in October at the  Sonoran Desert Inn and Conference Center! This beautiful part of Arizona holds an intriguing cultural and historical side - and let’s not forget the under-explored birding areas!

 SATURDAY MEETING

Saturday we are meeting at the convention center for our scientific paper presentations among other regular AZFO reports and activities.  This is an opportunity to learn about on-going research on the status, behavior, and distribution of Arizona birds and interact with the presenters. As well as, learn how to become more involved with AZFO.  In addition, let's not forget about your chance to put your skills to the test with our audio and visual identification contests.  We'll also announce this year's AZFO Gale Monson and Youth Scholarship recipients.  You can browse the scientific project posters and talk with the researchers presenting them.  And it is a great time to network with the many Arizona birders attending.  

 PRESENTATIONS & POSTERS - Click HERE!

SATURDAY KEYNOTE 

 SPONSORED BY MARICOPA AUDUBON SOCIETY

We welcome Nathan Pieplow. Nathan is a professor at University of Colorado and author of The Peterson's Field Guide Bird Sounds of Eastern North America - and soon a Southwestern birds version. His presentation is sure to be memorable and enjoyable learning experience - you won't want to miss it!  

* Trip times may vary; ** pre-registered meals

Friday, October 26, 2018

*6:30 – 8:00 am  Morning mini-expeditions

*12:00 pm    Afternoon mini-expeditions

5:30 pm        Social hour and dinner** (located at the SDCC Garden ; Bring your own beverage)

 

Saturday, October 27, 2018 (Meeting located at the SDCC Curley School Auditorium)

6:30 – 8:00 am    Breakfast at Center** (located at the SDCC Garden)

8:00 am   Registration Open (located at the SDCC Curley School Auditorium)       

8:30 am       Welcome. Carol Beardmore

8:40 am       Gale Monson Research Grants and Grant Recipients 2018. Troy Corman;   Gale  Monson Books, Janet Witzeman

8:55 am        CONSERVATION OF WESTERN BURROWING OWLS IN AN URBAN/SUBURBAN DESERT LANDSCAP. Kerrie Anne Loyd

9:15 am        DO SOLAR FACILITIES IN THE SOUTHWESTERN U.S. POSE A THREAT  TO YUMA RIDGWAY’S RAILS? Harrity, Eamon AZ  

9:35 am        ARIZONA BIRD COMMITTEE UPDATE. Lauren Harter

955 am         AZFO Youth Scholarships Announcement. Lauren Harter

10:10 am      BREAK

10:45 am      AZFO Field Expeditions 2018-2019. Eric Hough

 11:05 am       THE FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL IN SOUTHERN ARIZONA: NATURAL HISTORY, DISTRIBUTION, AND STATUS. Tim Tibbitts

11:25 am       FROM THORNY CHACO WINTERS TO SUMMER LOVE TRIANGLES: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A CUCKOO. Shannon McNeil.

11:45 am    LUNCH BREAK (lunch served at the SDCC Garden**)

1:00 pm       Business Updates: Membership. Cathy Wise; Finances/Budget, Diana Herron

1:20 pm THE ALEUTIAN CACKLING GOOSE IN ARIZONA. David Vander Pluym

 1:40 pm        ESCAPING THE MIGRANT TRAP – FIELD ORNITHOLOGY IN UNDERBIRDED LOCATIONS. Christopher McCreedy

2:10 pm         HOW CITIZEN SCIENCE RESULTS (eBIRD) ARE USED FOR VULNERABILITY ANALYSES AND CONSERVATION PLANNING & MANAGEMENT. Carol Beardmore

2:40 pm        AZFO Member Vote: By-Law Updates, Doug JennesElection of Officers and Board, Carol Beardmore

2:55 pm         POSTER SESSION Introductions

3:00 pm        POSTER SESSION and BREAK – last chance to buy raffle tickets!

 3:40 pm Audio Bird ID Quiz and Results. Scott Olmstead

 3:55 pm        Photo Bird ID Quiz and Results. David Vander Pluym

4:10 pm         Raffle drawing. Erika Wilson

4:25 pm        Field trip logistics, Evaluations, Next Meeting, Chrissy Kondrat

                       Wrap-up: Adjournment, Carol Beardmore

5:30 pm       Social Hour (located at the SDCC Garden; Bring your own beverage)

6:30 pm       Dinner and Keynote** (located at the SDCC Curley School Auditorium)       

AZFO Achievement Award Recipient Announcement, Carol Beardmore     

Keynote speaker: Nathan Pieplow, Author of Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America.

 

Sunday, October 28, 2018

 6:30 – 8:00 am      Breakfast at Center

*8:00 am      Becoming an Expert Listener:  Sound Recording Workshop - Nathan Pieplow