AOS Winter 2024 meeting: January 26-28, 2024



JANUARY 26-28, 2024


Unless otherwise noted, all activities begin or occur at the Joe Wheeler State Park Lodge

Casual dress is appropriate throughout the meeting. 

To register online for the Winter Meeting, scroll to the bottom of this page and complete the registration form.

FRIDAY, January 19, 2024

6:00 p.m. Board Meeting

Where: Via Zoom

FRIDAY, January 26, 2024

Birding on your own if you arrive early. See

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Wilson Lake Boat Trip – Our Keynote Speaker and gull expert Amar Ayyash will boat to the dam to teach gull identification. (Requires advance signup and extra payment, $60 per person. Contact Damien Simbeck for details. If there is sufficient interest a second trip can be arranged for Sunday afternoon. This trip is weather dependent especially with respect to fog.

4:30 p.m. Registration

Where: Cypress Room

5:00 p.m.  Social Hour – Cypress Room

6:00 p.m.  Dinner from menu in the Lodge Dining Room

7:00 p.m.  Workshop – Amar Ayyash – “Getting to Know your Gulls” – Cypress Room

8:00 p.m. Adjourn

SATURDAY, January 27, 2024

7:00 a.m.  Field Trips – Meet in the Lodge Lobby

  1. Tennessee River Birding. The trip will bird the Tennessee River and environs from Wheeler Dam to The Sinks. Our Keynote Speaker and gull expert Amar Ayyash will follow up on his gull workshop with in-the-field ID techniques and advice at the dams and other gull spots. This will be a most-of-the-day outing, and we’ll have a picnic lunch in the field where convenient. The route is basically a loop. Bring your own lunch, but we will make a stop at Subway in Florence for a bathroom stop and for those who prefer to buy something for lunch. Numerous Alabama rarities including loons and grebes, have been seen over the years in the areas we’ll bird.
  2. Key Cave National Wildlife Refuge to Waterloo

Drive to Key Cave Creek NWR (stopping for any rarities seen between the Lodge and Key Cave) for birding this grassland area. Bobolinks, Dickcissels and Grasshopper Sparrows are usual here as well as harriers and other raptors. The outing continues along the Tennessee River to Waterloo, looking for ducks, grebes and other waterfowl. The Waterloo area has had numerous Bald and Golden Eagle sightings.

4:30 p.m. Registration

            Where: Cypress Room

5:30 p.m. Social Hour – Cypress Room

6:30 p.m. Banquet – Cypress Room

7:15 p.m. Announcements

7:30 p.m.  Keynote Speaker: Amar Ayyash, “Man and Gulls”

9:00 p.m.  Adjourn

SUNDAY, January 28, 2024

7:30 a.m. Field Trip

Around the State Park/Wheeler Dam

Trip Leader: TBD

12:00 p.m. Compilation

Where:  Lodge – Cypress Room

1:00 p.m.  Adjourn

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