Augusta-Aiken Audubon Bi-Monthly Meeting Minutes

July 13, 2017

The program was Birds of Ghana by Chuck Braun. He has been birding for 60 years with a life list of 6998 species. There were 23 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 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.

Storks and Corks will be held on August 5, 2017. You can register on line from the Audubon site. Contact Paul Koehler if you have any Silent Auction or Wine Donations.

Next year’s Birdathon will be held on 4/21/18.

Conservation

There is an article on the garden at East Aiken Elementary in the May 2017 Birders Guide to Conservation and Community.

Old Business

An Eagle Scout Project was completed to put a new ramp on the education building. Another Eagle Scout Project installed a 8 ft x 12 ft viewing deck with bench at Pond 3.

The North American Butterfly Association 2017 Butterfly Count was held. Lois and Dale were at Phinizy. John Demko was at Silver Bluff Audubon and Dennis Forsythe covered surrounding Aiken areas. There was a Tawny Emperor, Comma, and Sooty Wing. Overall the count was low for individuals. The compilation of all three areas came to a total of forty species for the day.

New Business

There are volunteer opportunities to staff the Audubon Sanctuary at Silver Bluff on Saturdays. Volunteers would have half day shifts either to open in the morning 0900 -1300 or to close in the afternoon 1300 – 1700. There will be a guidebook for FAQ’s. The office area has restrooms, AC, refrigerator and WiFi. The purpose is to greet visitors and increase visitation to the center. Contact Paul Koehler to sign up for a volunteer shift.

Education

Activities will be scheduled in line with the new school year in the Fall of 2017.

Field Trips

From Lois – Georgia WMA access now requires a Hunting or Fishing License ($15 for GA residents or $100 for SC residents) or a Land Use Pass ($30 for GA residents or $60 for SC residents). Due to the prices there will not be any field trips scheduled to GA WMA’s.

The upcoming trip to Yuchi WMA has been changed to Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve.

Field trips are posted on the Chapter web site.

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

Sightings

Purple Gallinules at Brick Pond Park – there are 4 young and no adults
Storks at the Silver Bluff Ponds
Glossy Ibis
Hairy Woodpeckers and Summer Tanagers at the Howard’s feeders
Bobwhite at Silver Bluff along trail from the Butterfly Garden

Mary Pallon