2014 VSO Annual Meeting
April 24–27, Chesapeake, Virginia
The VSO is pleased to announce that its 2014 Annual Meeting will be held April 24–27 in Chesapeake, Virginia in collaboration with the Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival. The Great Dismal Swamp area is one of Virginia’s true ecological treasures and birding hotspots. Refuge birding trips, bus tours to Lake Drummond, banding station visits, family activities, and other outdoor events will be coordinated by the Birding Festival. Field trips and other festival activities will begin at 7:00 AM on Thursday, April 24 and will conclude on Sunday morning with visits to the Nature Conservancy's Piney Grove Preserve, home to Virginia's last breeding population of the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker. Trips to other exciting birding destinations off the refuge will also be offered on Sunday.
The VSO will hold its traditional annual meeting activities, beginning with a social mixer and business meeting on Friday and concluding with the banquet program on Saturday evening. Alicia King the Communication Coordinator and Urban Bird Treaty Program Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Program will be the banquet speaker. Her talk will focus on bird conservation efforts on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuges related to citizen science, bird monitoring, and research. She will also speak about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Program mission of conserving America’s birds and reaching the public through birds and birdwatching.
The VSO Headquarters will be the Springhill Suites Inn Chesapeake Greenbrier. The VSO rate is $99 per night. Additional rooms will be available at Aloft Chesapeake, which is next door to the Springhill Suites, also at $99 per night. Both hotels offer complimentary breakfast. Reservations must be made by phone no later than March 24, 2014 in order to get the special rate. For Springhill Suites reservations, call 800 228-9290. For Aloft reservations, call 866 716-8143.
To register for the VSO annual meeting and banquet, download the PDF registration form or register online. The registration fee is $40 per person. Banquet tickets are $35 per person. Your registration form must be received by April 17, 2014 to guarantee registration for catered meals. You must be registered for the conference to attend the banquet.
Information about the Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival can be found at Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival web site. Festival events, including field trips, will require pre-registration, which can be done by calling the refuge at 757 986-3705 after March 1.
For general meeting inquiries please contact: Andrew Dolby, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Mary Washington, 1301 College Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. Phone: 540 654-1420. Email: adolby_AT_umw.edu.
The Virginia Society of Ornithology invites scientific presentations for its 2014 Annual Meeting to be held April 24-27 in Chesapeake. Oral presentations should be 15 minutes long, including time for questions. Static displays (such as posters) will also be accepted space permitting. Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee and added to the program until the schedule or display space is full. Please submit the following information about your poster or presentation no later than March 14, 2014:
- Presenting author's name
- Presenting author's contact information: postal address, email address, phone number
- Institutional affiliation (if applicable)
- Names of co-authors (if applicable)
- Title of poster or oral presentation
- Brief abstract (250 word limit)
- Audio-visual needs
Participants will be notified of acceptance by March 21.
Send information (email preferred) to Andrew Dolby
Chair, Department of Biological Sciences
University of Mary Washington
1301 College Avenue
Jepson Science Center 327
Fredericksburg, VA 22401