Kentucky Ornithological Society

Past KOS Meetings

KOS Meetings - General Information
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Our last two meetings have been held live and in-person. That is a welcome change from our four previous meetings, which were restricted to online virtual meetings by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The summaries below provide information about our past meetings. The photo slideshows, birding trip reports and weekend birding birding checklists provide a glimpse of the fun.

We hope you can join us at the next meeting!


KOS 2022 Fall Meeting Recap

Hawk Watch 
						at Cumberland Gap - Linda Craiger
Hawk Watch at Cumberland Gap - Linda Craiger

During the weekend of September 16 through 18, KOS members gathered at Pine Mountain State Resport Park in southeastern Kentucky for a business meeting, great presentations, a silent auction, and a whole lot of birding!

It was a successful meeting by any measure. We enjoyed very good weather conditions, except for a bit of fog in the mornings. Some attendees traveled to nearby hotspots to search for birds in a variety of mountain habitats.

On Friday evening, we voted on and approved changes to the KOS Membership rates. We also heard presentations from Dr. Andrea Darracq and Phillip Kavouriaris. They described their research projects, which are supported by grants from KOS Funds.

During the business meeting on Saturday evening members voted on and approved two items:

After the business meeting we enjoyed the Keynote Address by Noah Stryker, compiled the weekend birding list up to that point in time, and ended the evening with a silent auction of donated items to raise funds.

Photo Album

Meg Brown has again created a photo ablum to help document our weekend. We still welcome photos taken by attendees during the weekend of the meeting. We will add new photos to the end of the slideshow as we receive them.

To submit weekend photos, send them to Meg.Brown@birdky.org and include the following information:

  1. Subject of photo (bird, flower, butterfly, etc.)
  2. Name of photographer
  3. Date of photograph
  4. Location of photograph

No watermarks, please.

Steve Kistler's Bird Quiz

In a now traditional activity for KOS meetings, Steve Kistler again entertained us with his bird quiz on Friday evening. He presents it below in abbreviated form. Here's how to play along:

  • There are a set of three slides of each bird you might see in Kentucky.
  • Then there are a set of two slides of each bird that are common somewhere in the US.
  • The goal is to guess which bird you are seeing before you get to the last slide, where the ID is revealed.
  • For Kentucky birds, if you guess the bird on the first slide, give yourself 2 points. On the second slide, give yourself 1 point. Zero points on the third slide.
  • For birds common somewhere in the US, if you guess the bird on the first slide, give yourself 1 point. Zero points on the second slide.
  • Add up your points for your quiz score. There are a maximum of 37 points available. Good Luck!
Take the Bird Quiz!

eBird Trip Report

KOS provides an eBird Trip Report for the weekend's birding efforts. This is a compilation of all lists by all eBird users who joined the Trip Report and created eBird lists during the specified period.

Note: If you want to join the eBird Trip Report please contact James Wheat at president@birdky.org for more information.

Please keep in mind that because not everyone uses eBird, the list of species found in this Trip Report might not match the Weekend Bird List (below).

KOS 2022 Fall Meeting eBird Trip Report: https://ebird.org/tripreport/75513

Weekend Birding List

A list of birds seen by attendees was compiled at the Saturday eveining meeting, and was updated with additional species seen during Sunday outings and otherwise reported elsewhere. If more species are reported as being seen that weekend, they will be added to this list as they become known.

Please keep in mind that the list of species and tally of birds found here might not match the eBird Trip Report (above). Some birds reported on this list are not yet included in eBird Trip Report

The 2022 fall weekend list of 105 species can be viewed by clicking the button below.

Saturday Evening Keynote Speaker - Noah Stryker

Noah wowed the crowd with his keynote address on Saturday evening. His account of his global big year was humorous, informative and engaging. Thanks to Noah for his presentation, and for the many interactions he had with KOS members during the meeting as well as on birding trips.

Noah Stryker - Big Year

BIRDING WITHOUT BORDERS: AN EPIC WORLD BIG YEAR

In 2015, Noah became the first human to see more than half of the planet's bird species in a single year. Anything could have happened, and a lot did. He was scourged by blood-sucking leeches, suffered fevers and "Delhi Belly," skirted war zones, and had the time of his life. Birding on seven continents and carrying only a small backpack, Noah enlisted the enthusiastic support of local birders to tick more than 6,000 species, including Chinstrap Penguins in Antarctica, a Harpy Eagle in Brazil, and a long-lost owl in New Guinea. Rather than listing every last sighting, this entertaining presentation covers the funniest, weirdest, and most inspiring stories, as much about people as birds.


KOS 2022 Spring Meeting Recap

KOS 2022 Spring 
						Meeting - Jeff Sole
KOS 2022 Spring Meeting - Jeff Sole

The spring meeting was hosted at Barren River Lake State Resort Park over the weekend of April 22 through 24. We enjoyed spectacular weather, nice waves of spring migrants and the pleasure of seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Field trips started Friday afternoon and continued through Sunday afternoon. Many field trips ventured to the Mammoth Cave National Park hotspots, while others stayed near or within Barren River Lake State Resort Park. McElroy Lake and Chaney Lake were well birded.

Photo Album

Meg Brown has created a weekend photo ablum for our enjoyment. She originally requested that photos be sent to her no later than 4/25/2022, but we still welcome any photos taken during the weekend by attendees of the meeting. We will add new photos to the end of the slideshow as we receive them.

Submit weekend photos to Meg.Brown@birdky.org and include the following information:

  1. Subject of photo (bird, flower, butterfly, etc.)
  2. Name of photographer
  3. Date of photograph
  4. Location of photograph

No watermarks, please.

eBird Trip Report

KOS has an eBird trip report for the weekend's birding efforts. Please keep in mind that the list of species and tally of birds found here might not match the Weekend Bird List (below).

KOS 2022 Spring Meeting eBird Trip Report: https://ebird.org/tripreport/49226

Weekend Bird List

Attendees also compiled a weekend birdlist during the Saturday evening meeting, which was updated with additional species from Sunday outings. Please keep in mind that the list of species and tally of birds found here might not match the eBird Trip Report (above).

The 2022 spring weekend list of 138 species can be viewed by clicking the button below.

Saturday Evening Keynote Speaker

We were delighted to host Nathan Pieplow as our keynote speaker. Read on to learn more about him and the subject of his presentation.

The language of birds

Nathan Pieplow
Nathan Pieplow

All around us, the birds are constantly telling us who they are and what they are doing. In this talk for any audience, Nathan Pieplow unlocks the secrets of their language. You’ll listen in on the pillow talk of a pair of Red-winged Blackbirds, and learn the secret signals that Cliff Swallows use when they have found food. You’ll learn how one bird sound can have many meanings, and how one meaning can have many sounds—and how, sometimes, the meaning isn’t in the sounds at all. This talk from the author of the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds is an accessible, entertaining introduction to a fascinating topic.

Nathan Pieplow is the author of the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds, published in two volumes, Eastern (2017) and Western (2019). An avid bird sound recordist and videographer, he is the author of the bird sound blog Earbirding.com, a board member of the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, an author of the Colorado Birding Trail, and former editor of the journal Colorado Birds. He teaches writing and rhetoric at the University of Colorado in Boulder.


KOS 2021 Fall Meeting Recap

The meeting activities were curtailed by a surge in COVID infections in the state and the area around Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. All Indoor meetings and events were cancelled, but the planned outdoor activities did take place. These included group walks on field trips and a big sit.

This brief field report was provided by James Wheat.

"This weekend's KOS field trips were interesting and well worth the few raindrops we felt during the past three days. Eighteen members and four guests ventured into four counties in western Kentucky: Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, and Trigg.

We enjoyed visits to numerous places including Green Turtle Bay, KY Lake Scenic Drive, Jonathan Creek Embayment, KY Dam Village SRP, and various hotspots on the Land Between the Lakes, as well as the Dams. There were a few interesting gulls and shorebirds, and a nice array of passerines, particularly warblers."

The full weekend list of 129 species found, plus breakdowns by county, can be viewed by clicking the button below.

KOS Virtual Meetings

Follow the links below to enjoy days worth of archived presentations from our three virtual meetings.

KOS Virtual 2021 Spring Meeting

KOS Virtual 2020 Fall Meeting

KOS Virtual 2020 Spring Meeting