Next ASM Meeting

Join Us at Camp Clover Point, Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Kaiser September 22 - 24
Register Here By 9/15/2017

Our fall meeting at Camp Clover Point will be a fun and relaxing weekend. Enjoy birding, great weather, and fellowship. In addition, hear presentations on current research, keynote speaker Christian Hagenlocher regale us with the story of his Big Year and The Birding Project, and a workshop on eBird. All birders and their families are welcomed to join us.


Using a credit card is the most efficient method for the ASM Treasurer, but you can also register online and mail a check. Early registration allows us, and the caterer, to plan ahead. So please don’t delay. The deadline is September 15.

Full: $75.00 per person. Includes two nights’ cabin lodging, registration, and six meals.

Student: $25.00 per person. Includes two nights’ cabin lodging, registration, and six meals.

Part-time: $30.00 per person. Includes one night cabin lodging and registration plus $9 per meal.

Meals only (off site lodging): $20 registration fee plus $9 per meal.

Children under 12 are free.


Cabins include bunk and mattress, shower, and rest rooms. You must bring bedding, towels, and toiletries. See map for Camp Clover Point location.

For those who prefer a motel to a bunkhouse experience, several nearby motels in Osage Beach include Scottish Inns Motel (573-348-3123) and Lake House Hotel (866-399-6674). You are responsible for your own motel reservations and expense.


Friday afternoon
3:00 PM Registration begins at Camp Clover Point. Please do not arrive at the camp prior to 3:00 PM.

Friday evening
Our speakers will be graduate students from Southeast Missouri State University and the University of Missouri. Kathy Hixson is researching the effects of lead exposure on songbirds in the Southeast Missouri lead mining district, Katie Rittenhouse is studying mercury exposure in insectivorous songbirds and invertebrates in a Southeast Missouri wetland community, and Sebastian Moreno will discuss his research on bird diversity in urban vacant lots.

Saturday morning
Field trips. No signup in advance. Possible locations include Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Bagnell Dam area, Camp Pin Oak, Swinging Bridges Road (Brumley), Ozark Caverns, and Saline Valley Conservation Area.

Saturday afternoon
Workshop: Tips and Tricks for Finding Information in eBird by Brad Jacobs and others

Saturday evening
Program: My Big Year and The Birding Project by Christian Hagenlocher

Field trips
Hawk Watch
Bird species summary at lunch


Friday Evening Presenters
Kathy Hixson
The history of lead mining in Southeast Missouri goes back nearly three centuries. Over this long period of extraction, smelting, and other associated activities, soils have been heavily contaminated with lead. Kathy Hixson, MS student, will discuss her study designed to determine the extent of lead exposure in breeding songbirds and the impact that it may have on their reproductive success. She focused on ground-foraging species because of their higher risk of lead ingestion in soil. Few studies have evaluated the sub-lethal effects of lead contamination on reproductive success in free-living songbirds, and she will share her results from 10 species of open-cup nesting songbirds and Eastern Bluebirds.
Katie Rittenhouse
Wetlands play an important role in the Hg cycle by functioning as a sink for total Hg and as a net source of methylmercury production. Southeast Missouri is a region with elevated levels of atmospheric mercury (Hg) deposition and abundant wetland ecosystems, yet the magnitude of mercury exposure in birds and other organisms is unknown. Katie Rittenhouse will present her study of mercury levels on Eastern Bluebirds and Tree Swallows and some of their invertebrate prey. She will also discuss mercury flow through the food web.

Sebastian Moreno
St. Louis City has lost 63% of its population to urban out migration since its peak in the late 1960s, resulting in a large percent of vacant lots in North City, specifically in the neighborhoods of Baden and Wells-Goodfellow. With the various management techniques currently happening in North City St. Louis, there is a potential for various habitats that could bring in a diverse bird population. Sebastian Moreno will share his research on different kinds of vacant lots in Baden and Wells-Goodfellow and the kinds of habitat and birds associated with them.

Bird-Window Collision Posters

Kelly McCay has worked for a number of years on the issue of bird-window collisions—a major mortality source for migrating songbirds. He will be setting up posters on this research at the meeting and will answer questions you might have on this important bird conservation issue.

Saturday Afternoon Workshop

Many of us use eBird to store our checklists and bird counts, yet find it frustrating to extract information and statistics on birds from this online tool. This workshop, led by Brad Jacobs, will share various methods for getting the information you need from eBird. The workshop is based on questions from birders on what they would like to extract from eBird, so it should be very useful. So, if you want to become a better eBirder, this will help you to do it!

Saturday Presenter
In January 2016, Christian Hagenlocher decided to do a Big Year differently from anyone else who had previously made an effort to break the 700 milestone. Living in his Subaru Outback, he drove across the country in search of new birds and a deeper understanding of how people interact with birds and the natural world around them. This "EPIC" approach focused on more than just a high number of birds, and resulted in a fascinating snapshot of the birding community across North America. EPIC is an acronym, standing for: Engage (others with birds to promote learning), Preserve (bird habitat in urban and rural areas), Inspire (people to explore outside), and Connect (people with nature using technology). Christian ended in the years with 750 species and 2 more provisional species in the ABA area. Join us for highlights of his Big Year and a discussion of The Birding Project. Click here for more details.

Click the blue button above to register. Enter your name and city/state. If you are staying two nights at Clover Point, check the appropriate box—either Full or Student registration. Selecting meals is not necessary because they are included in your registration fee. If you choose off-site lodging or part time, check the appropriate box and then select your meals. For all registration types, check Meatless Meals if so desired.

Field trip details will be announced on site, so there is no field trip selection. If you are willing to lead a field trip, please let us know at the time you register on Friday, and where you are willing to lead a trip. Continue with completion of the registration form.



Friday, September 22, 2017
Camp Clover Point 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm Registration
Camp Clover Point 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Dinner
Camp Clover Point 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Research Presentations
Kathy Hixson, Katie A. Rittenhouse, Sebastian Moreno - SE Missouri State, SE Missouri State, University of Missouri-Columbia
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Camp Clover Point 7:00 am - 8:00 am Breakfast
Camp Clover Point 7:00 am - 7:00 pm View Poster of Bird-Window Collision Study
Kelly McCay
Camp Clover Point 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Morning Field Trips
Camp Clover Point 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
Camp Clover Point 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm ASM Board Meeting
Camp Clover Point 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Afternoon Field Trips
Camp Clover Point 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm eBird Workshop
Brad Jacobs and others - Missouri Bird Records Committee
Camp Clover Point 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner
Camp Clover Point 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Program: "My Big Year and the Birding Project"
Christian Hagenlocher - The Birding Project
Camp Clover Point 9:00 pm - 9:30 pm ASM General Meeting
Mark Haas - ASM President
Camp Clover Point 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm Owl Walk
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Camp Clover Point 7:00 am - 8:00 am Breakfast
Camp Clover Point 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Morning Field Trips
Camp Clover Point 9:30 am - 12:00 pm Hawk Watch
Camp Clover Point 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch and Bird Species Summary