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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, Mexico.

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. Porneluzi.

source: Missouri University and Central Methodist University




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