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May 4-7, 2017: TOS Spring Meeting in Rockport
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The TOS Spring Meeting will be based in Rockport on May 4-7, 2017. We have field trips for you to enjoy on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We are hoping for a fabulous spring migration in the area!

In addition to spring migrants, Green Jay, Great Kiskadee, Sandwich and Sooty Terns and Tropical Kingbird may be found in the area at that time. Audubon’s Oriole and Plain Chachalaca are also possible.

All TOS events will be held at the Saltwater Pavilion, which is the second pavilion as you drive into Rockport Beach Park. Beach Park admission fee will be waived for attendees during the weekend. Field trip departures will be from the Saltwater Pavilion each morning. Adequate parking is available. We will distribute box lunches there each morning.

Rockport will be hosting numerous other events simultaneously during this popular weekend. We were able to reserve blocks of rooms at two motels (see below). These blocks will be held only until April 1st. After they are either fully booked or released on April 1, it will be very difficult to book a room in the Rockport-Fulton area. This cannot be stressed enough! You are encouraged to reserve your room immediately, then relax and enjoy the anticipation of the TOS Rockport Spring Meeting at the Coastal Bend.

See current newsletter page 3 for full details.

June 3-18, 2017: Alaska
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Yes, I know I said the 2015 trip was my last one. However, Byron Stone talked me into doing one more and he will join me as co-leader of this trip.

The trip cost is $3,550 for TOS members and $3,575 for non-members. The fee includes all transportation within Alaska (including flights to Nome and Barrow), entry fees, pelagic trip and guide fees. It does not include lodging (you will be provided with information about making your reservation at our host hotels), meals, incidentals or transportation to or from Anchorage.

You should plan on arriving in Anchorage on June 3 by 6 PM or sooner if you so choose. The trip will begin with a meeting at 6 PM in the lobby of the Puffin Inn (our base of operation while in Alaska) in Anchorage.

The following day we will fly to Nome where we will spend the next four days driving the three roads out into the tundra in search of birds like Bristle-thighed Curlew, Bluethroat, Northern Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, Red-throated Loon, Wandering Tattler, Bar-tailed Godwit, and who knows what unusual species we can encounter there.

We will return to Anchorage where we will spend a day looking for Red-throated Grebe, Varied Thrush, and various shorebirds before departing the following day for Barrow, the farthest northern point of North America. In Barrow, we will hopefully find four eiders, Snow Bunting (they are like House Sparrows there) and Snowy Owl.

We will return to Anchorage and spend the next 3 days there before traveling to Seward and our trip out into Kenai Fjord NWR where we look for Kittlitz’s, Marbled and Ancient Murrelets, Red-faced Cormorants, Rhinoceros and Parakeet Auklets, Horned and Tufted Puffins and many pelagic species nesting there.

Following our return from Seward we will head for our final 3 days traveling the old Denali Highway where we hope to see Trumpeter Swan, Smith’s Longspur, Arctic Warbler and many more.

We again return to Anchorage on June 18 and our trip will end and you can return home.

This is truly a trip of a lifetime and has been enjoyed by over 150 TOS members and guests in the past. This is a very popular trip so don’t wait to secure you spot.

Texas Ornithological Society Cancellation Policy for TOS Field Trips

In the event you have to cancel, refunds are made according to the following schedule:
• If cancellation is made more than 90 days before departure date, your deposit less $100 will be refunded.
• If cancellation is made between 60 and 90 days before departure date then 50% of the trip fee is refundable.
• If cancellation is made fewer than 60 days prior to departure date, there will be no refund of the trip fee.
Note: If you cancel late (less than 90 days before departure), but you are able to find a substitute to take your place (or we have a substitute on a waiting list), once the substitute has paid Texas Ornithological Society in full for the trip, a refund of your deposit less $100 will be made.

For your protection, the purchase of trip cancellation insurance should be considered.

If you take out trip insurance the cost of the insurance is not refundable. Therefore it is best to purchase the policy just prior to making full payment for the trip or at the time you purchase airline tickets, depending upon the airline’s restrictions. TOS reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure, in which case full refund of the trip fee will constitute full settlement to the participant.

We strongly advise that you wait to purchase non-refundable airline travel until you receive notice from the TOS trip leader or coordinator that the trip meets minimum participation requirements.

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