In 2008 the annual IBBA meeting took place on October 3-5, 2008 at the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) in southern Baldwin County, Alabama and sponsored, in part, by the Alabama State Lands Division. These early October dates were selected to coincide with near peak migration. Events included a Saturday morning field trip to Fort Morgan State Historical Park to visit the Hummer/Bird Study Group’s migration banding station operated by IBBA members Bob and Martha Sargent and their dedicated volunteers (visit their website http://www.hummingbirdsplus.org). Saturday afternoon, we returned back to the reserve where there was a paper session. Following presentations, there was an in-house workshop focusing on net mending and band removal procedures. IBBA members David Cimprich and Tom Bartlett volunteered to help lead the workshop. Jo Anna Leachman of the USGS Bird Banding Lab was on hand to discuss Bandit and answer questions. Saturday evening was our banquet featuring some of the area’s finest food followed by a great guest speaker. Cliff Stapleton Catering provided a fresh Gulf Low County Shrimp Boil with all the fixings. Following the meal, Dr. Mark Woodrey of Mississippi State University, Coastal Research and Extension Center at the Grand Bay NERR discussed some of the research he and his colleagues are doing with wintering grassland birds along the Mississippi coast, specifically species like Henslow’s Sparrows. His presentation was entitled, “The ‘Other’ Savanna Birds: Winter Grassland Birds in Wet Pine Savanna Habitats”. Sunday morning, there was a field trip on the Weeks Bay Reserve’s trails that meander through a variety of unique habitats that are representative of coastal Alabama’s natural communities, including maritime and palustrine upland forests and a large fire-maintained pitcher plant bog.
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