Augusta-Aiken Audubon Bi-Monthly Meeting Minutes

November 8, 2018

The program was “Audubon Year of the Bird” presented by Sharon Richardson, Executive Director Audubon South Carolina and Vice President National Audubon. There were twenty three people in attendance.

Business Meeting

Lois Stacy called the meeting to order.

The treasurer’s report was given:

Announcements

The January meeting will be the annual Show and Tell Slide Show. John Demko will compile the slides. Each person may submit up to 12 slides. John will publish more details regarding the slide format. This is also a pot luck event.

On Sunday 11/11/18 BBQ and Bluegrass on the Bluff will be held at Silver Bluff from 2-4 pm.

Christmas Bird Counts are planned for 12/22 in Augusta and 12/24 in Aiken.

Paul Koehler said there are free downloads available of Climate Change Books on Amazon Prime. Also NPR has published a Bird Notes book.

Programs

Doug Walker asked for any ideas or suggestions on presenters or topics for 2019 programs.

Conservation

Alice Walker said today the SC DHEC met and set up regulation for seven counties in SC including Aiken as part of the Western Capacity Use Area. Groundwater withdrawal permits will be required for users such as mega farms so aquafer use can be balanced, monitored and protected.

Old Business

None

New Business

None

Education

No updates.

Field Trips

Silver Bluff – 11/10

Merry Brick Ponds – 11/17

A trip to Harris Neck is being considered for January or February

Sightings

Pine Siskins in North Augusta
Red Breasted Nuthatch in CSRA
Purple Finches in North Augusta
Warblers at Phinizy

The next meeting will be on January 10, 2019