GOS Winter Meeting
Tybee Island, GA
13 – 16 January 2023
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Clark Rushing, University of Georgia
Friday Night Speaker: Dr. Bob Sargent, Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Approximately 50 attendees participated in our Winter Meeting activities which included interesting and informative presentations on Friday and Saturday, the banquet, and field trips. For the weekend, participants found 155 species (see list below) on field trips to the Corps of Engineers Disposal Site, Fort Pulaski, Fort Stewart, Harris Neck NWR, Hutchinson Island, Little Tybee Island, Richmond Hill Wastewater Treatment Facility, Savannah Christian Preparatory School, Skidaway Island, Solomon Tract, and Tybee Island. As always, thanks to our field trip leaders (Steve Calver, Larry Carlile, Diana Churchill, Stan Gray, Rene Heidt, Malcolm Hodges, Patrick Maurice, Mary Richards, Bob Sargent, Pam Smith, Russ Wigh, Steve Wagner).
Our Friday speaker, Dr. Bob Sargent, is a wildlife biologist for the Georgia Department of Natural resources and long-time member of the GOS executive committee. In his Friday evening presentation, “Not Your Average Flu Bug: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus’ Toll on Wild Birds in Georgia and Across the U.S.”, he discussed the history of avian flu and provided detailed information on recent impacts on birds in Georgia and elsewhere.
Dr. Clark Rushing, Assistant Professor in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, gave the Saturday Keynote address. His presentation, “New Technological Tools Advance Age-old Question in Avian Ecology”, focused on the various technologies available for tracking bird movements. Attaching tracking devices to birds allows researchers to gather information about local movements, dispersal, and migration. Dr. Rushing shared several examples of research that he and his graduate students are engaged in that use some of these different tracking technologies.
Bird List (155 species):
Common Ground Dove
Great Black-backed Gull
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron