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1999 LOS Winter Meeting
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This year's winter meeting of the LOS will be held in Shreveport, at Louisiana State University in Shreveport (LSUS) on the weekend of January 29-31. Birding field trips will take place Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning. We'll cover a multitude of habitats, even including a birding trip on Cross Lake by barge. We may also be able to arrange for a small group to go to Shreveport Regional Airport in search of Smith's Longspur. This species has been an uncommon but regular winter visitor to the airport for a number of years.
All field trips will depart from the parking lot of the Museum of Life Sciences on the LSUS campus at 7:30 a.m. and should return by noon. The afternoon trips will leave at 1:00 p.m. and return by 5:00 p.m. Some field trips are scheduled as all day trips and will leave the LSUS campus at 7:30 a.m. and return by 5:00 p.m., with lunch on the road.
Housing will be on your own. A block of 40 rooms has been reserved for the LOS Meeting at the Sheraton Shreveport (1419 E. 70th Street, Shreveport, LA 71105; 1-800-321-4182). Room rates are $71.00 single and $81.00 double occupancy; please state your LOS affiliation. The rooms will be held to January 7, 1999. LOS participants must fill ten rooms in order to get the special rate.
The Sheraton Shreveport is located on the southeast end of Shreveport. If you are coming from the south on I-49, Exit on to 70th Street east (Exit 202). Travel east on 70th street for 1.7 miles, The Sheraton will be on your right. If you are coming from I-20 take I 49 south to the 70th Street exit and go east until you reach the hotel.
Other suggested motels are near the airport on I-20, west of Shreveport. (Ramada Inn, 5116 Monkhouse Dr., 1-800-284-0224 or 318-635-7531; Pelican Inn, 5215 Monkhouse Dr., 318-635- 7531; Holiday Inn-Airport Financial Plaza, 5555 Financial Plaza, 318-688-3000) and in Bossier City (Holiday Inn Bossier City, 2015 Old Minden Road, 318-742-9700; Comfort Inn, 1100 Delhi Street, 1-800-228-2400 or 318-221-2400). NOTE: The gaming industry in Shreveport- Bossier is booming and hotel/motel rooms go quickly. It is suggested that room reservations be made as soon as possible.
Friday evening's events will take place at Sci Port, Shreveport's new science discovery center in downtown Shreveport. Registration will begin at 6:00 p.m. and run till 11:00 p.m. Registration fee is $7.00 per person (to defray the speakers' expenses and administrative costs). Friday evening's events will include an opportunity to amble through the Red River Gallery at Sci Port and learn about the natural history and culture of northwest Louisiana. We will also be presenting a program by Mr. Don Simon of Chicot State Park in Arkansas at 8:00 p.m. Taking the role of a boatman on the Mississippi River, Mr. Simon will take John James Audubon and us on a trip down the Mississippi River. The program is illustrated with a slide show of Audubon's original bird paintings.
DIRECTIONS TO SCI PORT. From the Sheraton Shreveport, go east on 70th Street, which will take you to Clyde Fant Parkway. You will make a right turn off 70th Street, go under the Jimmie Davis Bridge at the Red River and go north on Clyde Fant about 3 miles. The Sci Port Discovery Center will be on your left when you get to downtown Shreveport. From I-20 near the airport, go east to the Spring Street exit. At the end of the exit ramp, you will need to get in the right hand lane and turn right onto Crockett Street. NOTE: THIS IS THE MOST DANGEROUS INTERSECTION IN SHREVEPORT. YOU CAN NOT TURN RIGHT ON TO LAKE STREET. YOU MUST TURN RIGHT ON CROCKETT STREET, ONE BLOCK NORTH. Go two blocks to Clyde Fant and turn right, Sci Port will be just ahead on the right. From I-20 westbound, get off at Spring Street and at the end of the entrance ramp make a right turn onto Lake Street, go one block to Clyde Fant and turn left into Sci Port Parking Lot.
Saturday's activities will begin at the Museum of Life Sciences on the LSUS campus.
DIRECTIONS TO LSUS MUSEUM OF LIFE SCIENCES. From Sheraton Shreveport, travel east on 70th Street to Youree Drive and turn right. Go south on Youree Drive to 2nd light (1.3 miles). Make a left turn into the entrance for LSUS and bear right. Take the circular drive to the right and follow the signs and arrows to the museum. From I-20, take I-49 south to Exit 199 (Bert Kouns Industrial Loop) and go east (left at the end of the exit ramp) to LA 1/Youree Drive. Turn right on Youree Drive and go to the 1st light and make a left turn into the entrance for LSUS and bear right. Take the circular drive to the right and follow the signs and arrows to the museum.
The Saturday evening festivities have been moved to Centenary College due to unavoidable circumstances. The Saturday banquet will start at 6:30 p.m. The price will be $10.00 per person. There is a choice of three entrees, roast beef, grilled lemon pepper Red Jungle Fowl, and meatloaf. Please indicate which entrée you prefer on the registration form. Banquet registration needs to be done by 27th January. There will be limited banquet spaces for those who do not pre-register.
The Saturday night program will include a short talk by Kathryn Trahan on her LOS sponsored trip to Camp Chiricahua in August of 1998. The main speaker will be Dr. John Smallwood who is an expert on the American Kestrel. His talk is entitled, "Nest box programs for American Kestrels: collaborative research on a widely distributed species." Dr. Smallwood has been studying the endangered Florida subspecies of the American Kestrel, which is the same subspecies that breeds in Louisiana. He is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford Ohio (B.A. and M.S.) and Ohio State University (Ph.D.). He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Biology and Molecular Biology at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. He is the co-author of the Birds of North America account on the American Kestrel as well as other publications on this species. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Raptor Research Foundation and the Secretary of the Wilson Ornithological Society.
Please send in the reservation form as soon as possible. Please note that there is an additional charge of $10.00 per person for the barge trip (to cover barge rental). Note we do not have the field trip to the Regional Airport included on the Registration form. We will have to make special arrangements for that trip, and it may require the drawing of straws by those who would like to participate.
NON-BIRDING ACTIVITIES. For those who may want to engage in non-birding activities, the following places are available: Imax theater at Sci Port; groups of ten or more can get special prices. Louisiana State Exhibit Museum on the grounds of the Louisiana State Fair, Touchstone Natural History Museum, Norton Art Gallery, Barnwell Horticultural Gardens, and the Arboretum at Centenary College. Details on these activities will be available at registration on Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Winter Meeting Field Trips
1. Cross Lake. This is a barge trip, to see ducks, grebes, Bald Eagles etc. On trip during the 1992 LOS winter meeting, a Red-throated Loon was seen on this trip. Reservations are required, and there will be a fee of $10.00 per person for trip. The fee will be payable at the beginning of the trip to the trip leader.
2. Yearwood Road. This is an automobile convoy. We'll try to find Lapland Longspur (and possibly other longspurs), Bewick's Wren, Western Meadowlark, Harris', Fox, LeConte's and White-crowned Sparrows. This area is especially good for raptors including many different subspecies and forms of Red-tailed Hawk.
3. North Caddo Parish and Caddo Lake. This is an all day trip with lunch on the road. This auto convoy will visit a variety of habitats, including hardwood forest, mixed pine-hardwoods, lake edge and open fields. Target birds include: Hooded Merganser, Lapland Longspur, Horned Lark, and Lark Sparrow.
4. Walter B. Jacobs Nature Park and Mallard Bay. Automobile convoy will travel to the best spots in NW Louisiana to see White-breasted Nuthatch, LeConte's Sparrow, and Sedge Wren.
5. Soda Lake WMA. This automobile convoy will search a variety of habitats in one of the best areas in NW Louisiana for finding Spotted Towhee. This area is also good for winter sparrows and Hooded Merganser.
6. Red River Research Center and Lock & Dam No. 5. Automobile convoy to these two areas may produce Lapland Longspur, Western Meadowlark, Lark Sparrow, Sora and Virginia Rail, Marsh Wren and a variety of ducks.
7. Bodcau Bayou. A Sunday only trip by automobile convoy. This trip will be run if we are able to find Henslow's Sparrow. Other possible birds are waterfowl, Wild Turkey and Greater Roadrunner.
8. American Kestrel banding. Saturday night's speaker will take a small group (2 vehicles) out on the back roads of Caddo and Bossier Parishes and we will capture and band American Kestrels.

Birdwatching in Northwestern Louisiana
Birdwatching in northwestern Louisiana can produce many good birds if one takes advantage of the wide diversity of habitats possible. Caddo and Cross Lakes, Walter B. Jacobs Nature Park, C. Bickham Dickson Park, Soda Lake, Loggy Bayou, Bodcau wildlife management areas, Hamel Memorial Park, Clyde Fant Parkway, and the Red River Experiment Station are well-known and productive birding areas that always have the potential of revealing rare or unusual birds in our area. Most of these places are accessible by the public every day; however, Jacobs Park and Bickham Dickson Park are closed after 5:00 and 7:30 p.m., respectively and the Experiment Station requires special permission.
At Cross and Caddo Lakes watch for Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Canvasback, Greater Scaup, mergansers, White-breasted Nuthatch, Sedge Wren, and LeConte's Sparrow. Osprey is also possible and a Clay-colored Sparrow has been recorded at Fleming Park. Jacobs Park is good for White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Blue-headed Vireo, and Pine Siskin. This mixed pine-hardwood forest habitat is well-covered by trails and is also an excellent area for native plants and fungi. Lowland forest, a shallow oxbow lake, and access to the Red River are the major assets of Bickham Dickson Park. Watch for woodland birds, water and shore birds on the lake, and possibly some surprizes on the new elongated lake formed by the Lock and Dam number 5 on the Red River. The wetland area of the Soda Lake Refuge is good for both species of night-herons and Hooded Merganser. Loggy Bayou WMA has been good for Bewick's Wren, Wild Turkey, Gray Catbird, and Harris' Sparrow; however, results may vary widely. Henslow's Sparrow (rare), Wild Turkey, and owls are attractions at the Bodcau Bayou Wildlife Area, which is one of the last known sites for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in this area. Least Tern on the Red River and excellent woods are features of the Clyde Fant Parkway, which includes the Hamel Memorial Park and the Stoner Avenue boat launch. The Red River Experiment Station is known for producing Horned Lark, American Pipit, Lark Sparrow, and Western Meadowlark. Anywhere along the pool of the Red River at Shreveport could produce bird discoveries. During the past few months we have added Sooty Tern and Sabine's Gull to our local list from sightings near Lock and Dam number 4.
For more detailed information about these and some other birding areas in northwestern Louisiana see the "Birding Hot Spots of Northwestern Louisiana," published by the Bird Study Group. Other information about the Bird Study Group and birding in northwestern Louisiana can also be found at our web site: http://www.softdisk.com/comp/birds/ and by contacting the Bird Study Group at 318,797-5338 (voice, answering machine, and FAX) and lsusmus@prysm.net.
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