Augusta-Aiken Audubon Bi-Monthly Meeting Minutes

September 13, 2018

The program was “Native and Edible Plants” by Linda Lee, Botanist and Research Professional at Savannah River Ecology Lab. There were 23 people in attendance.

Business Meeting

After the program President Brandon Heitkamp called the meeting to order.

There was no treasurer’s report.

Announcements

The Friends of Silver Bluff have several upcoming events. There is a Fall Walk on 9/22 which is a family event. There is a walk on 10/13 which Brandon will lead to interesting locations on the Silver Bluff property. The native plant garden by the office is doing well. 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.

Audubon Magazine copies are available and there is a Lowes coupon for National Audubon Seed.

Programs

Sharon Richardson will be the speaker for the November program.

Conservation

Stream monitoring continues.

Old Business

Storks and Corks raised a record of $8000 before costs and $1200 was collected from the silent auction. A big Thank You to Alice Walker and her helpers. She will be retiring as the coordinator this year.

New Business

Virginia Allen provided information on Georgia’s program for growing native plants for birds month. This is sponsored by the Garden Club of Georgia and Georgia Natural Resources. Georgia residents are encouraged to do yard certifications. South Carolina has a similar program.

Education

There was an appeal letter sent out in August for support of the Audubon Adventures program. To date this year approx. $2640 has been raised. Beth Eberhard said 25 orders have been requested.

Field Trips

The field trip scheduled for 9/15 is cancelled due to weather.

A Migration Count will be held at Phinizy on 9/22.

On 9/29 a boating field trip will be held at Riverside Park in Evans. Rental boats can be reserved. The paddle will start at 8:30 to go approx. 6 miles on Betty’s Branch.

Sightings

Blue Wing and Golden Wing Warblers were in Hitchcock Woods.
Carol and Larry had a Philadelphia Vireo at Silver Bluff.