VSO Board of Directors hosting 2018 Annual Meeting in Harrisonburg, May 18-20, 2018

Nathan Pieplow

Start making plans to attend the 2018 VSO Annual Meeting!  This year’s meeting and field trip locations will provide great opportunities to see unique high elevation breeding species AND help support the Second Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas (VABBA2).  Saturday field trips will focus on under-atlased areas of Rockingham and Highland county and Sunday field trips will go to local birding hotspots, as always. Expert atlas volunteers and field trip leaders will guide you on Saturday and Sunday. Plan on finding some of the birds in Virginia’s Mountains and Valleys Region that you don’t see often and learning more about breeding bird behavior.

We are excited to have Nathan Pieplow as our keynote speaker. His presentation ‘Listen to Her Sing,’ dispels the widespread notion that only male birds sing and explores the often-overlooked songs of female birds. Nathan is the author of the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds (Eastern Region) which was published in March 2017. He teaches writing and rhetoric at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Nathan plans to lead a field trip exploring female bird songs; spots on this field trip will be raffled.

The conference be will held at the new Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center, which opens early next spring. The hotel is located within walking distance of downtown Harrisonburg and features a farm-to-table restaurant, indoor pool, spacious ballrooms and meeting rooms. The VSO has secured special rates of $129 for a single or $139 for double occupancy. Reserve your room by calling the Hotel Madison at 540-564-0200 or emailing the hotel at reservations@hotelmadison.com any time after December 1, 2017; identify yourself as a Virginia Society of Ornithology member in order to receive these special rates. You can also reserve online after December 1, 2017 by going to the hotel website, www.hotelmadison.com, clicking on Reservations and using the code: AVSO18518 in the group/promo area.

If you are interested in exhibiting at the meeting, or know someone else who might be, please contact Lenny Bankester at lennybankester@yahoo.com. In addition to spots on Nathan’s field trip, we plan to raffle several birding related items.If you have an item to donate for the raffle or would be willing to solicit an item from a business in your area, please contact Lenny about that, too.

Meeting registration information along with more details on field trips, etc. will be in the Spring VSO newsletter and also on the VSO web site. On behalf of the VSO Board of Directors, we look forward to seeing you at our 2018 Annual Meeting in Harrisonburg.

The 2018 Annual Meeting Committee,

Chair, Rexanne Bruno, rexannebruno@gmail.com
Lenny Bankester, lennybankester@yahoo.com
Ashley Peele, ashpeele@vt.edu
Jeff Trollinger, Jeff.Trollinger@dgif.virginia.gov