Welcome to the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society! That’s KTOS for short. We’re Knoxville’s premier bird club—we promote, educate, and protect birds and birdwatching in East Tennessee.

Browse the site to find our current newsletter and our backyard habitat blog, plus information about upcoming meetings, field trips, events, and other exciting news about what’s happening with our group.

We welcome anyone to join us, even if you’ve never birded before. We have bird enthusiasts of all skill levels—from beginning to advanced birders—and would love to share our passion.

Morton Massey – KTOS Chapter President

Next Meetings

Due to the Coronavirus, all organized meetings have been cancelled until further notice. We hope to resume our regular monthly meetings in September but that be pushed back as well.

About Us & Our Meetings

The Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society (KTOS) was organized in 1924 to promote the enjoyment, scientific study, and conservation of birds. Activities include monthly meetings, field trips each month, spring, fall, and Christmas bird counts, and projects like our Sharp’s Ridge clean-up each spring and fall.

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 6:45 p.m. in Room 118 of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. No meetings are held in July or August, and our June and September meetings are typically potluck picnics at an alternate location. All visitors are welcome, whether local or out-of-town guests! Each meeting consists of a short business meeting, sharing of bird sightings, and a speaker. Refreshments and socializing also precede and follow each meeting.

UT Veterinary Medicine Building
Room 118
255 E J Chapman Drive
Knoxville, TN 37919

Directions: To get to the Veterinary Medicine building from U.S. 129 (Alcoa Highway), take the Neyland Drive exit. Turn left onto Neyland Drive, then left at the traffic light onto Joe Johnson Drive and the UT Ag Campus. The Veterinary Medicine building is the large building on the right. At the next stop light, turn right onto E J Chapman Drive. Park in the large S66 lot on your right. Unless you are utilizing the handicapped parking, do not park in the lot directly in front of the building because you are likely to be ticketed or towed. Once parked, walk to the building facing Joe Johnson Drive. The meeting is held in the first floor classroom (room 118).