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It has been suggested that I go ahead and post this in a message to
MOBIRDS. It should look better on the ASM website, but here goes.

----Bill Eddleman

Waterfowl Identification Workshop
Bill Eddleman

Otter Slough Conservation Area

February 21, 22, 23

        ASM members have continued to respond positively to the
identification workshops. Accordingly, the Missouri Bird Records Committee
would like to announce a Waterfowl Identification Workshop at Otter Slough
Conservation Area near Dexter in Stoddard County. Otter Slough is one of
the best areas in the state to observe waterfowl and other wetland birds
during migration and in winter when the water is open. The workshop will be
held February 21, 22, & 23.
         The workshop will feature classroom discussion and field
identification. Because of the limited size of the area headquarters at
Otter Slough, the workshop will be limited to 50 people. There will be
ample time for field trips. Field trips will concentrate on keys to
identification of waterfowl and some other water birds, but trip leaders
will also provide tips for identification of all birds encountered. In
addition to Otter Slough, there are a number of other areas nearby that can
provide high quality field trips (Mingo National Wildlife Refuge and Duck
Creek Conservation Area (CA), Ten Mile Pond CA (Mississippi Co.), Crowley’s
Ridge CA). Those who attend may also want to schedule field trips to other
sites on Sunday afternoon following the workshop. Personnel at Otter Slough
have also agreed to assist with the workshop on Saturday.

         The rough schedule of activities is:

Friday, 21 February
    5-7 p.m.: Check-in at Super 8 or other motel. Informal birding at Otter
Slough CA. (Come earlier and bird in the area if you like)

Saturday, 22 February
   8:30-9 a.m.: registration and breakfast at Otter Slough Area Headquarters
   9-10:30 a.m.: general intro; molts and plumages of waterfowl; swans,
geese and
        dabbling ducks
   10:30-10:45 a.m.: break
   10:45-noon: bay ducks, sea ducks, mergansers, duck look-alikes
   noon-1:30 p.m.: lunch at Otter Slough Area Headquarters
   1:00-6:00 p.m.: field trips
   6:00-8:00 p.m.: dinner; review and tally birds observed during the day
(Hickory Log Restaurant, Dexter)

Sunday, 23 February
   8:30-9:30 a.m.: birding at Otter Slough, quick breakfast at Otter Slough
Area
        Headquarters
   9:30-9:45: break
   9:30-11 a.m.: field trips
   11 a.m.-noon: Final tally of birds observed; meeting room at Super 8 Motel
   1:00-4:00 p.m.: possible field trips on the way home

        All times are tentative, and any changes before that weekend will
be posted to MOBIRDS.

Accommodations:
         All available lodging is in Dexter, Missouri (about 10 miles from
Otter Slough). The “official” motel is the Super 8 in Dexter. Two
additional hotels are available, although the Oak Tree Inn can apparently
be a bit noisy.

Super 8                         Country Hearth Inn              Oak Tree Inn
1807 Bus. Highway 60            913 South Outer Road            1608 Hwy
Bus. 60
Dexter, MO 63841                      Dexter, MO
63841                Dexter, MO 63841
800-822-67061                   573-624-7400                    573-624-5800
573-624-7465                    888-294-6495

Additional motels farther from the area may be found in Poplar Bluff or
Sikeston, Missouri.

Meals will be provided at extra cost, if you desire. There are also cafés
and restaurants in Dexter, or you can provide your own food, but there are
no cooking facilities at the Conservation Area. Saturday dinner is a buffet
meal at the Hickory Log Restaurant in Dexter. This restaurant has been
locally well-known for its barbequed ribs since 1953. The buffet at the
Hickory Log includes: drinks (coffee, soda, tea), ribs, sirloin of beef,
baked potatoes, baked beans, slaw, relish tray, and dessert (cobbler).

Please indicate which meals you want on the enclosed registration form.
These will be provided at the following rates:

Saturday, February 22:  Breakfast (rolls & drinks) - $3 per person
                         Lunch - $5 per person
                         Dinner - $12.30 per person (includes tax and gratuity)

Sunday, February 23:    Breakfast (rolls and drinks) - $3 per person

If you have any questions about the workshop, please feel free to contact:

Bill Eddleman: 573-651-2364 (W); 573-335-1507 (H); [log in to unmask]

        The Missouri Bird Records Committee appreciates the interest in
these workshops and wants to continue to provide them, with the approval of
the ASM officers and Board of Directors. It benefits us all if the
membership becomes better birders and spends more time in the field. If you
have suggestions for future workshops, please let me or one of the ASM
officers know.



Registration for February 2002 Waterfowl Identification Workshop

         In order to get an idea of how many are interested in attending
the identification workshop and how many participants would be interested
in purchasing meals, we ask that you pre-register. Please complete and
return the registration form by February 15 to: Joyce Bathke, Treasurer,
Audubon Society of Missouri, 2101 W. Broadway, #122, Columbia, MO. 65203-1261.

Name: ____________________________________________________________________

Address: __________________________________________________________________

         ___________________________________________________________________

Phone (        )______________ e-mail address:
____________________________________

Number in Party: _________________

I would be willing to lead field trips during the workshop _____


Fees (Meals are optional  you can register for all meals or only some):

Registration
   ASM member            ($10.00)
_____  X       _________       =       ___________
   Non-ASM member                ($25.00)
_____  X       _________       =       ___________
     (includes 1-year membership)
Breakfast Feb. 22       ($  3.00) _____
X       _________       =       ___________
Lunch Feb. 22           ($  5.00) _____
X       _________       =       ___________
Dinner Feb. 22          ($12.50)
_____  X       _________       =       ___________
Breakfast Feb.
23               ($  3.00)_____  X       _________       =       ___________
Total
Package                      _____        X       _________       =
___________
         ($33.50 member; $48.50 non-member)

Total Amount Enclosed:

   $______

Send form and payment by February 15th to:

Joyce Bathke, Treasurer
Audubon Society of Missouri,
2101 W. Broadway, #122
Columbia, MO. 65203-1261

Make checks payable to Audubon Society of Missouri

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