Augusta-Aiken Audubon Bi-Monthly Meeting Minutes

May 10, 2018

The program was “Turkey Talk” by P.J. Perea, Director of Public Relations and Outreach at Savannah River Ecology Lab. There were 19 people in attendance.

Business Meeting

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

There was no treasurer’s report.

Elections will be held at the July meeting for offices with a one year term. These are vice president, treasurer and secretary. Brandon Heitkamp president elect from last year will be the president.

Announcements

Diane Watson was in attendance from Friends of Silver Bluff. This is a free organization made up of garden clubs, horse groups, birders and others. They plan to do projects and special events for Silver Bluff Audubon Center. There was an article in Bella News about the recent native plant landscaping that the Friends of Silver Bluff put in place at the Silver Bluff Audubon Center Visitor Center. They also held an evening owl prowl on 5/9/18. To get on the email list for upcoming projects and events contact sbacfriends@gmail.com. Donations for Friends activities can be sent to Paul at the Silver Bluff Audubon Center.

Programs

The July program will be on Bats by Joy O’Keefe

Conservation

The Conservation Bank was voted in.

There was an article in the State Newspaper from Sharon Richardson about landscaping solar farms with native plants.

There was also a press conference at the SC Governor’s Mansion about native plantings that were done there.

Old Business

Birdathon recorded a new record of 191 species. Teams were in the mountains and coastal areas. Approximately $3,000 has been raised to date for Silver Bluff Audubon Center.

New Business

Anne Waters passed away in April 2018. She was a school teacher and held the office of secretary for Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society for many years. She typed notes, drew sketches and kept many journals of her activities and travels. These will be kept at the Silver Bluff Audubon Center for visitors to see.

Climate Watch will be held from 5/15 thru 6/15 for bluebird counting.

The Butterfly count will be held on 7/7 at Silver Bluff and Phinizy. To participate meet at either location at 0900.

Storks and Corks will be held on August 4, 2018.

Education

Beth Eberhard sent information to Paul that the direct mail fundraiser for education has raised $3,650.50. Sixty five classrooms in GA and SC have received Audubon Adventure packets. A number of letters from teachers have been received. One sample came from a student named Samantha. She thanked us for the Audubon Adventures and said they did a simulated migration exercise.

Field Trips

Upcoming field trips are posted on the website.

Lois is going to Crackerneck on 5/26/18

Sightings

Cerulean at Silver Bluff
Swainson’s Warbler at Silver Bluff
There is one eagle chick in the nest at Silver Bluff
RCW at Hitchcock
Great Horned Owl and Red Shoulder Hawk on Lovers Lane

Mary Pallon