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“Annual Meeting at Calamus Reservoir” from Nebraska Bird Review (June 2005) 73(2).


Copyright 2005 Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union. Used by permission.


The 106th Annual Meeting of the NOU was held on May 13–15, 2005, at the Calamus Lodge near Burwell. Sixty-four members and guests were in attendance.

The slate of candidates presented by the nominating committee was accepted by the members present. The officers elected were Dave Heidt, president (replacing Alice Kenitz), Urban Lehner, vice-president (replacing Dave Heidt), Betty Grenon, treasurer, Kevin Poague, secretary (replacing Mitzi Fox), Mary Lou Pritchard, librarian, Loren Padelford, director, and Janis Paseka, editor.

Friday evening's speaker was Scott Taylor, Upland Game Program Manager for Nebraska Game and Parks, who spoke about current upland game bird research in Nebraska. The focus was on population studies of Mourning Doves and Ring-necked Pheasants.

On Saturday evening, Wayne Mollhoff updated the group on the status of the next Breeding Bird Atlas project. Data for the first project were gathered from 1984 to 1989. The new project may begin gathering data as early as the 2006 breeding season, depending on how soon funding can be secured.

Field trips on Saturday and on Sunday morning went around Calamus Reservoir, along the North Loup River, to Davis Creek Reservoir, to Sherman Reservoir, and into Holt and Wheeler Counties. A total of 172 species was counted. Among the highlights were Peregrine Falcon, Virginia Rail, Long-billed Curlew, Caspian Tern, Little Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, and Bay-breasted Warbler.