Augusta-Aiken Audubon Bi-Monthly Meeting Minutes

March 8, 2018

The program was “Gopher Tortoise Ecology & Conservation” by Tracey Tuberville of Savannah River Ecology Lab. There were 20 people in attendance.

Business Meeting

After the program President Paul Koehler called the meeting to order.

Gerald May provided the treasurer’s report.

Announcements

Birdathon is scheduled for 4/21/18.

There was an article in the Aiken Standard about eagles nesting at Silver Bluff for the 25th year.

Hummingbird migration can be tracked on Hummingbird.net

Conservation

A commercial spaceport is being considered for Cumberland Island. Sponsors are needed for a petition. See PROTECTCUMBERLANDISLAND.ORG for additional information. Lois also posted this on the Facebook page for Augusta Aiken Audubon.

Old Business

Progress continues towards the effort in bringing red cockaded woodpeckers to Silver Bluff. A grant is being worked on for an inspection of the site. There are currently no red cockaded woodpeckers at Silver Bluff.

New Business

There was an article in the Aiken Standard about the Friends of Audubon Silver Bluff. They are making plans to landscape around the trailers and existing garden area. More information is available from sbacfriends@gmail.com. There is also a Friends of Audubon’s Silver Bluff Facebook page.

Education

Audubon Adventure packets have been provided to classrooms who applied for the program.

Field Trips

Upcoming field trips are posted on the website.

Lois is going to Crackerneck on 3/10/18.

3/17/18 is Phinizy and 3/24/18 is Dilane.

Sightings

Painted buntings are on Lover’s Lane
Hairy Woodpeckers
Eagle at Silver Bluff is on the nest
Long Tail Ducks
Woodcock was heard at Silver Bluff during the Owl Prowl

Mary Pallon