Event will cover national and international birds; open to public and professionals
MANHATTAN -- The 59th annual meeting of the Kansas Ornithological Society will be Sept. 28-30 at Kansas State University in Manhattan. Brett Sandercock, associate professor of biology and host of the meeting, expects 100 to 150 participants, including professionals and the general public.

The meeting will start with registration and an informal reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in the Chalmers Hall atrium. Activities on Saturday will be held in Ackert Hall and include paper sessions with oral presentations on ornithological studies in Kansas, followed by an evening banquet at the K-State Student Union.

The banquet's featured speaker will be Alvaro Jaramillo, whose presentation is entitled, "Birding in Chile: The Other West Coast." Jaramillo is a professional bird guide for Field Guides, Inc., and author of A Field Guide to the Birds of Chile and New World Blackbirds: The Icterids.

The meeting will culminate with field trips to birding destinations in the Manhattan area Sunday, Sept. 30, led by local birding enthusiasts.

More information on the call for abstracts, registration forms, meeting programs, banquets, field trips, accommodations, and maps to Manhattan are available online at The deadline for abstracts and registration is Friday, Sept. 21. Early registration is encouraged.