GOS Spring Meeting
20-22 May 2022
Keynote Speaker: Robert Meyer, Tall Timbers Research Station
Friday Night Speaker: Lily Martin, University of Georgia
Checklist Compiled by Steve Wagner
After having to cancel our scheduled 2020 Spring Meeting because of Covid, it was nice to finally get back to the mountains for this meeting. The ~30 attendees enjoyed cooperative weather, good birding and two very informative presentations. Field trip locations included Brasstown Bald, Ivy log Gap Road, Burrell’s Ford Road, Brawley Mountain and Tray Mountain. During the trips, 92 species were observed and/or heard (see complete list below). Thanks to our field trip leaders (Larry Carlile, Ed Maioriello, Patrick Maurice, J.P. Moss, Steve Wagner).
On Friday, Lily Martin, a graduate student at University of Georgia, presented her just-finished Master’s research on estimating owl population density using remote audio recording data. She conducted the work in Georgia’s Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, where she collected recordings of Eastern Screech-Owls, Barred Owls and Great Horned Owls. Lily focused on the latter species as she explained the details of estimating density using this promising new methodology.
Saturday’s speaker, Rob Meyer, discussed the Tall Timbers Research Station’s efforts to maintain and expand the population of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in the Red Hills region of South Georgia and North Florida. The fact that most of these RCWs that they work with are on private property creates a variety of complications as well as opportunities. Their primary goal is to make the Red Hills population resilient to the potential impacts of future hurricanes and/or wildfires by establishing new groups over a wider area and filling in gaps between groups.
Both of our speakers had received funding for their work from GOS.
Bird List (92 species):
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Great Blue Heron
Great Crested Flycatcher
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler