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Tennessee Conservationist Magazine

January-February 2015

Feature Article: 
The Tennessee Ornithological Society Celebrates 100 Years!

By Vickie Henderson and Danny Shelton

This Metro Historical Commission marker in downtown Nashville commemorates the founding of the Tennessee Ornithological Society that marks 100 years in 2015. Photo by Danny Shelton.

In October of 1915, a group of men gathered in downtown Nashville to found the Tennessee Ornithological Society, a group whose overriding purpose remains the same a century later: to study and protect birds. TOS members Vickie Henderson, artist and author of Knoxville and Danny Shelton, documentary filmmaker who lives in Williamson County, are co-authors of this article.

A wave of American Tree Sparrow sightings in March of 2013 gave birders a chance to see this rare to uncommon winter visitor. Photo by Mike Todd.

Winter Birding

By Tony Lance

In the article "Winter Birding," author and birder Tony Lance of Robertson County reminds us that watching birds in the colder months can often be more productive than in the warmer months of the year. "A new cast of hardy characters from farther north moves in and many a birder has added a hard-to-find species to their life lists by braving the elements in January, February and March," Lance writes.

This tailless Red Fox was a nighttime visitor caught on remote camera. Photo by Joel Zachry.

Who Prowls at Night? - Capturing Wildlife With the Infrared Camera

By Joel Zachry

Frequent contributor to The Tennessee Conservationist, Joel Zachry, author and retired biology professor, writes about the surprising visitors to his Kingston farm captured by remote camera images in his article "Who Prowls at Night? - Capturing Wildlife With the Infrared Camera."

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  • When Ice is Nice
  • SAHC: 40 years of Conservancy in the Southern Appalachians
  • Ants!

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About The Tennessee Conservationist

For more than seven decades, the award-winning Tennessee Conservationist has been dedicated to telling the stories of Tennessee’s natural, cultural and historical distinctiveness. In a cluttered media marketplace, this magazine continues to stand out by offering authentic Tennessee places, people and experiences through beautiful photography and engaging, informative articles. The magazine fulfills its purpose without receiving a state appropriation as it is totally funded through subscription revenue, non-commercial advertising for Tennessee State Parks and environmental programs plus gifts and donations from supporters. With continued strong support from our subscribers, we look forward to sharing more authentic Tennessee stories with you in the years to come.

Bob Martineau, Commissioner

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