<div dir="ltr"><div><span style="font-size:12.8000001907349px">Hi Tweets,</span></div><div><div style="font-size:12.8000001907349px"><br></div><div style="font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px">The annual birding conference of the Washington Ornithological Society (WOS), featuring ocean trips, field trips, workshops and evening entertainment, will be held </span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span>August 21-24, 2015</span></span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"> in Ocean Shores, WA.</span><br style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><br style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px">The conference will offer 14 field trips each day </span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span>on Friday</span></span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px">, </span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span>Saturday</span></span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px">, and </span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span>Sunday</span></span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px">. In addition, there will be chase trips and going-home trips </span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span>on Monday</span></span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px">.</span><br style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><br style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px">This year, the conference also will feature a total of six workshops </span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span>on Friday</span></span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px">, </span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span>Saturday</span></span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"> and </span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span>Sunday</span></span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"> mornings. Topics include shorebirds, seabirds, raptors, identification by shape, and museum specimens. Leaders of these workshops are Dennis Paulson, Jim Danzenbaker, Michael Donahue, Michelle Landis, Scott Mills, Peter Wimberger and Gary Shugart.</span><br style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><br style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px">A pelagic trip, through Westport Seabirds, will be offered </span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span>Friday</span></span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px">, </span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span>Saturday</span></span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"> and </span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span>Sunday</span></span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px">. Reserve your spot with Westport Seabirds not WOS. (</span><a href="http://www.westportseabirds.com/" style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px" target="_blank">http://www.westportseabirds.com</a><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px">; </span><a href="mailto:pmand001@comcast.net" style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px" target="_blank">pmand001@comcast.net</a><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px">; </span><a href="tel:360-268-9141" value="+13602689141" style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px" target="_blank">360-268-9141</a><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px">.) You must be a WOS member and each member is allowed only one pelagic trip. Reservations are being taken now.</span><br style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><br style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px">A Stump the Experts panel competition will be held </span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span>Friday</span></span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"> night, led by Dennis Paulson. Bill Tweit will speak </span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span>Saturday</span></span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"> night on "Westport Seabirds 1970-2015, A History of the Birds and People." And </span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span>on Sunday</span></span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px">, Peter Hodum will discuss his work off of Chile on Pink-footed Shearwaters and other issues.</span><br style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><br style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px">Lodging is predicted to be tight, so make your reservations as soon as possible. The conference will be headquarted at the Shilo Inn, where we've reserved a block of 70 rooms at a discounted price. Call </span><a href="tel:360-289-4600" value="+13602894600" style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px" target="_blank">360-289-4600</a><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"> and mention that you are attending the WOS Conference in August. We've also reserved 15 rooms at the Quality Inn, next to the Shilo. Call the Quality at </span><a href="tel:360-289-2040" value="+13602892040" style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px" target="_blank">360-289-2040</a><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"> and mention the WOS Conference.</span><br style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><br style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px">Full information about the conference will be available in early April in the WOS newsletter and on the website (</span><a href="http://wos.org/" style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px" target="_blank">http://wos.org</a><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px">). All conference attendees must be WOS members. You can join WOS on the website.</span><br style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><br style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px">Online registration at </span><a href="http://wos.org/" style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px" target="_blank">http://wos.org</a><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"> opens at </span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span>noon</span></span><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"> on June 1, 2015, and it's recommended that you register as early as possible, because field trip spots fill quickly.</span><br></div><div style="font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span style="font-family:KacstOne;font-size:12.8000001907349px"><br></span></div><div style="font-size:12.8000001907349px"><span style="font-size:12.8000001907349px">Sincerely,</span></div><div style="font-size:12.8000001907349px">Shep Thorp, WOS Board member, registration 2015 Conference</div><div style="font-size:12.8000001907349px"><a href="mailto:shepthorp@gmail.com" target="_blank">shepthorp@gmail.com</a></div><div dir="ltr"><a href="tel:253-370-3742" value="+12533703742" style="font-size:12.8000001907349px" target="_blank">253-370-3742</a></div></div>
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