January 12-15, 2023: TOS Winter Meeting

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TOS is excited to announce our Winter Meeting, taking place Thursday January 12 through Sunday January 15, 2023. This is one of our main fundraisers of the year.

We are thrilled to offer a spectacular array of field trips in the Abilene area. Birds we will search for include winter sparrows and waterfowl, and there is an irruption of finches this year. There is also a possibility of a special trip to look for Short-eared Owls. Field trips will offer excellent birding on private ranches and state parks, with the opportunity to jump-start your Century Club lists in the eleven counties surrounding Abilene.

Our meeting speakers will offer their presentations in-person (no Zoom links this time), and they will present a variety of exciting and interesting topics so please make an effort to attend. Prior to each evening’s speaker, we will share stories and interesting sightings from that day’s birding efforts.

We will have in-person check-in, plus a wrap-up banquet at our host hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn. DEADLINE TO REGISTER AT THE HILTON IS DEC. 28, 2022.

See registration details in the current newsletter starting on page 4.

Registration is closed.

January 12, 2023: New-birder Field Trip - Abilene

Laura Wilson and Shelia Hargis will offer a free birdwalk for non-birders or new birders in Abilene.  Click for more...

This field trip will focus on new or less-experienced birders. We’ll go slow, talk about field marks, point out similar species, and try to answer all questions. We’ll visit several different habitats. Some habitats will have birds that are very easy to see such as ducks. Other habitats will be more challenging with birds that like to move quickly through trees or skulk in shrubby areas. Although challenging and sometimes frustrating, woodland birding allows participants to practice using binoculars and following directions to find the birds. Over lunch, we’ll talk about binoculars, field guides, birding resources, and any other bird-related topics that come to mind. No matter how long you have been birding, if you’d like to work on your identification skills and talk basics, join us for this field trip!

Registration opens on December 11th at 6 AM.

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