Augusta-Aiken Audubon Bi-Monthly Meeting Minutes

January 12, 2017, 2016

The program was the annual “Show and Tell” (Member’s Photo Slide Show). There were thirty nine people in attendance.

Business Meeting

After the “Show and Tell” President Paul Koehler called the meeting to order.

The treasurer was not in attendance so there was no treasurers’s report for this month.

A board meeting was held on December 13, 2016. Board committee chairs were appointed by the President and fundraising was discussed.

See meeting minutes for December 13, 2016 for elected positions and fundraiser notes.

An Appeal Letter will be sent out to members. Other activities include the First Thursday at Midtown Market in March, Kroger Community Rewards and Amazon Smile.

Announcements

The program in March will be about “Snakes and Turtles” by Savannah River Ecology Lab. This will include live animals. 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.

Conservation

Water monitoring continues. The Hollow Creek monitoring has reached a ten year mark which includes four thousand insects and animals. $500 was approved to be spent on needed chemicals to continue the monitoring.

Old Business

There was no update on East Aiken Elementary Wildlife Garden Project.

New Business

Paul Koehler discussed Climate Watch for National Audubon. Matt Johnson from Beidler Audubon Center is coordinating this for South Carolina. A count will be made twice per year. Once in January and again in June for bluebirds. This is to monitor the effects of climate change. There are ten blocks to an area. Each block will be 6.5 miles by 6.5 miles. Observations will be recorded using ebird. Paul Koehler is recruiting people to count for the chapter.

Field Trips

There is a trip on January 14, 2017 to Tybee Island and Savannah Wildlife.

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

Sightings

First Winter Common Golden Eye Drake was seen at Silver Bluff Kathwood Ponds.
23 Golden Eye were observed on the Strom Thurmond Lake Waterfowl Survey
RCW’s were seen in Hitchcock Woods.

Mary Pallon