Spend the weekend in Corpus Christi with top-notch birders, at the height of shorebird migration, and improve your shorebird knowledge and ID skills with four hours of classes and three field trips. Mel Cooksey will teach the classroom portion and then will be joined by Larry Jordan for the field experiences.
Mel is an experienced birder who is a co-author of A Birder's Guide to the Texas Coast, an ABA/Lane Birdfinding Guide. In August 2014 he found a Bar-tailed Godwit amid hundreds of Marbled Godwits in Oso Bay, Corpus Christi - the first state record for this species. Mel's interests include developing a greater understanding of migration trends, abundance, status and distribution. He has been a speaker and trip leader at ABA and TOS conventions and conferences, and has served on both Kansas and Texas state bird records committees. Mel was also a sub-regional editor for American Birds and North American Birds magazine, and is eBird reviewer for the Coastal Bend.
Larry Jordan has been birding for 39 years, and is one of the Coastal Bend's top birding authorities. He has been in charge of field trips for both TOS meetings and ABA conventions. He leads migration walks at Blucher Park each spring. Larry also has authored a local birding guide for the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors' Bureau - find it at Corpus Christi - Birding & Nature
Here is the tentative schedule:
The fee is $75 for TOS members, and there are only 20 spaces available to assure a quality experience. We expect this trip to fill fast.
Registration will open June 8 at 6:00 a.m. for those who are current TOS members as of June 7. Return to this post to register. Registrants will be sent a confirmation email with further information in early August.
A block of rooms (king rooms have a sleeper sofa in addition to the king bed and there are two queens in other rooms) is reserved at the Comfort Suites, 1814 Ennis Joslin Rd, Corpus Christi, TX 78412. You must contact (361) 991-7100 to request the TOS rate of $114.99/night. Rate expires on August 8. This is an excellent rate for August in Corpus, and the hotel is well-situated for the birding sites to be visited.
We're exploring the Nacogdoches area as the headquarters for this meeting and we're in communication with members of Pineywoods Audubon about hosting our meeting. Stay tuned!
We're exploring the Alpine area as the headquarters for this meeting. Stay tuned!