A Message from AOS President Geoff Hill:
For the first time in the history of our society, three successive in-person AOS meetings have been cancelled: Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Winter 2021. “In-person” is the key adjective here because the AOS Board has authorized the first virtual AOS meeting. During the same Friday and Saturday when we would have gotten together on Dauphin Island, all AOS members are now encouraged to attend activities via the web platform Zoom. On Friday evening, October 9, we will join together via video conference to socialize and say hello. After an hour of hanging out online, we’ll let folks share a few slides of birds and trips or whatever they want to share. It won’t be exactly like our Friday night socials at Dauphin Island, but I’m looking forward to it.
On Saturday evening, the AOS will host an on-line Tern Identification Workshop presented by our own Andrew Haffenden. This workshop will be followed by a presentation by our invited speaker, the noted writer, speaker, storyteller and humorist Al Batt. It won’t be the same as getting together under the brilliant October sun and marching across white sand in quest of migrants, but it does have some advantages. Members who are too busy or otherwise could not have made the long drive to Dauphin Island will now have an opportunity to say hello to friends and hear the workshop and “banquet” talk. It will certainly be the greenest meeting in the history of the AOS.
The AOS will also host a “birding near home” event. AOS members are encouraged to turn in a checklist from a local birding site made during the week of the virtual fall meeting. We’ll compile the checklists like we would compile bird sightings from Dauphin Island. Birding is not restricted to Alabama or even North America. Members who are overseas are welcome to submit a more exotic checklist. We’ll compile both an Alabama and total bird list. In addition, participants are welcome to pledge a donation to a charity based on number of birds tallied. (The AOS Board is suggesting Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuary (DIBS)).
To my knowledge and great relief, no AOS members have contracted the novel coronavirus. By conducting all AOS activities via the internet and discouraging long-distance travel for birding, we are doing our part to keep our members as safe as possible. Let’s all get through this pandemic so we can be back to our meetings on Dauphin Island as soon as safely possible.
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AOS Fall Meeting Schedule:
October 3 to 9, 2020 Bird near home
Share one checklist from nearby birding spot with Geoff Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We’ll compile checklists and review highlights at Saturday banquet
Friday October 9 On-line social
Open forum social (5:30 to 6:30 p.m.)
Member slides (6:30 to 8:00 p.m.)
Saturday October 10 Workshop, Compilation & Speaker
Workshop: Andrew Haffenden on Dauphin Island Tern ID (5:30 to 6:30)
Bird around home compilation/highlights (6:30 to 6:45 p.m.)
Featured Speaker: Al Batt
Adjourn: (8:30 p.m.)
Future AOS Meetings:
Board Meeting (Via Zoom)
Tuesday, October 20 9:00 a.m.
Second Friday October 9-11, 2020 Virtual meeting
Fourth Friday January 22-24, 2021 Virtual meeting
Third Friday April 15-17, 2021 To be announced