Arizona Field Ornithologists
First Annual Statewide Meeting
Gilbert Regional Public Library
20-21 October 2007
Active birders, avian researchers, and others interested in helping to increase the knowledge of bird distribution and identification in Arizona are urged to register for the first Arizona Field Ornithologists (AZFO) state membership meeting, 20 October. It will be held at the Southeast Regional Library in Gilbert, Arizona (adjacent to the Gilbert Water Ranch) and will begin at 8:30 A.M. and end at 4:30 P.M. Snacks and drinks will be provided at the meeting (small donation suggested). A list of nearby lunch locations will also be provided.
The meeting will offer an opportunity to discuss reports on AZFO activities and hear informative presentations about the identification and distribution of birds from different parts of Arizona. Dues-paid members will be able to elect officers and the board of directors and approve the bylaws. New people who are not yet members are urged to come, join, and invite others. For those who sign up as new members at this meeting, their dues will be paid through 2008. (All dues and contributions to AZFO, which is officially a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, are tax-deductible.) On the following morning three field trips will be organized to seldom visited areas like Morgan City Wash, Seven Springs Wash and Camp Creek, and Roosevelt Lake
We are pleased to announce three exciting presentations:
--“Changes in the breeding distribution of Buff-breasted Flycatchers in the southwestern United States: the role of fire suppression,”
Chris Kirkpatrick, Chris works as a Senior Research Specialist in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Arizona where he received his M.S. in 1999.
--“The Zen of Rez: Birds and Birding on the Navajo and Hopi Nation Lands,”
Chuck LaRue. Chuck has been chasing birds across the mesas and through the canyons of northern Arizona and the Four Corners region since 1966. He lives in Flagstaff where among many other interests, he is finalizing a manuscript on the birds of the Navajo and Hopi region.
--“Identification of Myiarchus Flycatchers in Arizona,”
Chris Benesh. Chris is a longtime Arizona resident and serving his third term on the Arizona Bird Committee. He is currently working on a field guide to North American flycatchers and is a tour guide for Field Guides Inc.
In order to get a feel for how many people will be coming, we are asking that you please fill out the registration form here and email it by 10 October to Daniela Yellan. Because we have been able keep costs low for the meeting this year, we are not asking for a registration fee for AZFO dues-paid members. Other participants will be asked to pay $10.00, which, if they decide to join during the course of the meeting, will be credited toward their 2008 membership dues. If you are coming from far away you may want accommodations for Friday or Saturday evening near the meeting. This is especially true if you are staying over for one of the field trips on Sunday morning. Please indicate that on the form and Daniela will provide you with several options.