Bird­ers flock to Texarkana for fall con­ven­tion

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The 2018 Arkansas Audubon So­ci­ety fall con­ven­tion will be held Fri­day, Oct. 5, through Sun­day, Oct. 7, at the Hol­i­day Inn Texarkana

Arkansas Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. The con­ven­tion will fea­ture bird­ing field trips and spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tions. Ad­di­tion­ally, par­tic­i­pants will en­joy a silent auc­tion, door prizes and op­por­tu­ni­ties to net­work with other wildlife en­thu­si­asts. Fri­day reg­is­tra­tion lasts from 4 to 6 p.m. in the hall­way out­side Ball­rooms C and D.

Field trip par­tic­i­pants will en­joy see­ing great num­bers of shore­birds, wad­ing birds, birds of prey, wa­ter­fowl and mi­grat­ing passer­ines.

Fri­day af­ter­noon’s field trips will in­clude South Lafayette County, Bun­drick Farms and Red Slough Wildlife Man­age­ment Area (in Ok­la­homa). Satur­day field trips in­clude South Lafayette County, Bun­drick Farms, Red Slough Wildlife Man­age­ment Area, Bois d’Arc WMA, Lake Wright in Pat­man (Texas), Mill­wood Lake, and Arkansas State High­way 296 to­wards First Old River Lake. Sun­day field trips will in­clude South Lafayette County, Bun­drick Farms and Red Slough Wildlife Man­age­ment Area.

Fri­day evening’s pre­sen­ta­tion will be “Forty Years of the Jewels of Win­ter: The Louisiana Win­ter Hum­ming­bird Pro­ject” by guest speaker Kevin Mor­gan.

Satur­day af­ter­noon pre­sen­ta­tions will be of­fered,

in­clud­ing short doc­u­men­tary Robot Fal­cons, film on a fal­con-like birds and Nuthatches drones; Blue- —

Cli­mate watch in Arkansas; and Birds, bees, bats, and but­ter­flies — a re­port on pol­li­na­tors from the city/ state of Sin­ga­pore.

Satur­day evening’s high­light is “Birds of the Far South­west­ern Arkansas Fron­tier” by guest speaker Char­lie Lyon.

Con­ven­tion reg­is­tra­tion is $20 per per­son for mem­bers and $25 for non-mem­bers if reg­is­tered by Sept.

21. Af­ter that, it is $25/$35 per per­son. The con­ven­tion is open to non-mem­bers. Chil­dren un­der 16 are

free. Meals are an ad­di­tional charge. A down­load­able brochure about the so­ci­ety, a con­ven­tion reg­is­tra­tion form, ac­com­mo­da­tion in­for­ma­tion and a com­plete meet­ing agenda are avail­able at­

For more in­for­ma­tion on the con­ven­tion, con­tact Sa­man­tha Scheiman at Sa­man­tha. scheiman@gmail.


The bian­nual AAS con­ven­tions are ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­ni­ties to watch birds, meet other bird­ers, con­ser­va­tion­ist and wildlife en­thu­si­asts, learn and have fun.

The Arkansas Audubon So­ci­ety, a non­profit all-vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion founded in 1955, aims to foster a greater knowl­edge of Arkansas’ nat­u­ral his­tory through ob­ser­va­tion, in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and pub­li­ca­tion, and to be a po­tent force in the con­ser­va­tion of all of the state’s nat­u­ral re­sources.

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