Augusta-Aiken Audubon Bi-Monthly Meeting Minutes

March 9, 2017

The program was Hidden Biodiversity by John Poppy, with live animals, from Savannah River Ecology Lab. There were twenty six people in attendance.

Business Meeting

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

The treasurer’s report was given:

Announcements

The program for May will be about Bird Attracting Plants. In July the program will be on Bats. The program for September will be on Wild Pigs and November’s program will be on Birds of Alaska. If anyone has questions about the programs contact Doug Walker.

Wine and Warblers will be held on April 29, 2017 at Bielder Audubon Center.

Conservation

Water monitoring continues. Hollow Creek monitoring has reached a ten year mark which includes four thousand insects and animals. The Edisto River is also being monitored. Water quality at both locations is good. Reports on monitoring results will be posted on the website.

Old Business

The East Aiken Elementary Wildlife Garden Project is complete except for some benches which are in progress.

The First Thursday at Midtown Market for Augusta-Aiken Audubon raised $268. This will be used for material for the East Aiken Elementary Wildlife Garden benches.

New Business

Birdathon will be 4/29/17. This is a fundraiser and birding can be done from your backyard or other locations. Bird lists from ebird can be emailed to Alice Walker or filled out paper forms can be sent to Alice via US mail. Checks can be mailed to Paul Koehler or Alice Walker.

Other ways to contribute money to Augusta-Aiken Audubon is through the Kroger Community Rewards Program and Amazon Smile.

There is a Trail Ride at Silver Bluff Audubon Center on March 11, 2017.

Earth Day on Newberry St in Aiken will be covered by the Demko’s and Walker’s.

Education

An appeal letter for funds is planned for the Fall.

Field Trips

There is a potluck and night sounds scheduled for March 11, 2017 at Silver Bluff Audubon.

On October 21, 2017 there will be a trip to Jekyll Island. Participants are responsible to obtain their own lodging.

Field trips are posted on the web site.

Sightings

Sedge Wren at Silver Bluff Audubon Center
Baltimore Oriole at the Howard’s Residence
Painted Bunting at Silver Bluff Audubon Center
Eagles at Silver Bluff Audubon Center are sitting on the nest
Great Kiskadee at Bear Island
Brewer’s Blackbird at Turkey Pond
Yellow-throated warblers
Wood Ducks

Mary Pallon