Birders flock to Texarkana for fall convention
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 www.arbirds.org.
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.