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ASM Fall Meeting at Camp Clover Point, Lake of the Ozarks State Park

9/23/2011 - 9/25/2011



Friday, September 23 
3:00 PM Registration begins 
7:00 PM Dinner 
8:00 PM Program: Laura Erickson: Owls by Night and by Day 

Saturday, September 24 
7:00 AM Breakfast 
8:00 AM Morning Field Trips 
12:00 PM Lunch 
1:15 PM Afternoon Field Trips 
1:30 PM ASM Board Meeting 
4:00 PM Owl Calling Workshop Laura Erickson 
6:00 PM Dinner 
7:15 PM Program: A set of presentations on Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem
Project (MOFEP), coordinated by Dr. John Faaborg

Rafael Brito-Aguilar - Spatial and temporal patterns of use of clearcuts by
second-growth birds

Paul Porneluzi - Invasion of MOFEP sites by Hooded Warblers following forest

Alicia Burke - Use of clearcuts by forest-breeding birds: convenience or

John Faaborg Lessons for management from the first
MOFEP cut: Putting all the pieces together.

Following Program - Annual ASM General Meeting 

Sunday, September 25 
6:30 AM Interfaith Meditation and Worship 
7:00 AM Breakfast 
8:00 AM Morning Field Trips 
9:30 AM Hawk Watch 
12:00 PM Lunch and Bird Species Summary 


Laura Erickson has been fascinated with birds since she could stand on the
sofa and watch city pigeons out her Chicago two-flat window when she was a
toddler. She has been avidly birding since 1975, and since then she has been
teaching about birds as a local Audubon society field trip leader,
elementary and junior high school teacher, "For the Birds" radio program
creator and producer, Brownie and Girl Scout leader, public speaker, and
writer. She is what she calls a migrant worker, migrating between her house
and husband in Duluth, Minnesota, and her job as Science Editor at the
Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York. Wherever she is, she's
likely to have her dog Photon along, and to be living with her cat Kasey
(once a feral cat who lived on songbirds but now strictly an indoor cat) and
her licensed education Eastern Screech-Owl, Archimedes. She has three
wonderful adult children, none of whom is a birder but all of whom care
about birds and the environment. Laura's newest book, Twelve Owls, will be
available in September. 


Dr. John Faaborg, professor of biological sciences at Missouri University,
is an avian ecologist. He describes much of his work as "island
biogeography," "although the islands may be stands of oak within a sea of
Missouri farmland." Dr. Faaborg has monitored the response of bird
populations to rainfall amounts in the Gu??nica Forest of Puerto Rico since
1972. In the Midwest, he and his students have focused primarily on
Neotropical migrants during the breeding season. Work on forest and
grassland systems in most upper Midwest states has identified effects of
habitat fragmentation. 

Dr. Paul Porneluzi, associate professor of biology at Central Methodist
University, received his Ph.D. at Missouri University, where he studied with
Dr. Faaborg. His research generally deals with the effect of the composition
of the landscape on a region's ecology, with a focus on how the landscape
affects birds that require forests for their breeding grounds. Much of his
work is conducted in the Ozark forests in south-central Missouri.

Rafael Brito-Aguilar, PhD Student, Biological Sciences, Missouri University,
has studied the effects of different timber harvest practices on bird
species diversity and densities associated with different forestry
practices, using spot-mapping censuses. Currently he researches neotropical
migrant and resident birds in El Cielo Biosphere Reserve in Tamaulipas,

Alicia Burke, Masters Student , Biological Sciences, Missouri University,
focuses her research on forest birds and their post-breeding use of
secondary growth habitats in the Missouri Ozarks.

MOFEP is a comprehensive look at the ways forest management impacts plants,
animals, and the land. The bird study of MOFEP is a joint project involving
researchers at the Missouri Department of Conservation, Dr. Faaborg and Dr.

source: Missouri University and Central Methodist University




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