Augusta-Aiken Audubon Bi-Monthly Meeting Minutes

July 12, 2018

The program was presented by Professor Joy O’Keefe from Indiana State University Director of Bat Research Outreach and Conservation. There were twenty two people in attendance.

Business Meeting

New President Branden Heitkamp called the meeting to order.

The treasurer’s report was given.

Election of Officers

Brandon presented the proposed officers for election for 2018-2019 as shown below. There were no nominations from the floor. A motion was made to approve the slate. It was seconded and passed. The new officers are listed below.

Vice President: Lois Stacey Secretary: Mary Pallon Treasurer: Gerald May

Brandon will serve as President for a two year term. He has been the president-elect this past year.

Unelected Committee chairmen for the 2018-19 year will be:

Membership: Marylyn McLeod
Conservation: Alice Walker
Publications: Gene Howard
Electronic Communications: Gene Howard and Lois Stacey
Field Trips: Lois Stacey
Programs: Doug Walker
Hospitality: Joan Howard
Education: Beth Eberhard
Publicity: Willie Malpass

Programs

The September program will be on Edible Plants by Linda Lee from SREL.

Conservation

Alice Walker said they continue to monitor Hollow Creek which feeds the ponds at Silver Bluff. They also monitor the South Edisto. In August the DHEC Board will be voting on whether to designate several counties including Aiken, as a Western Capacity Use Area, which will allow withdrawal permitting for agricultural interests. This will impact the area as aquifers are going down in Aiken County. There is also a groundwater survey in progress by the USGS and DHEC.

Virginia Allen said the Savannah River Keeper and local Veterans are monitoring approximately 20 sites weekly for safe swimming.

The new Edisto River Keeper is Meg Adams.

Old Business

A Butterfly count was held on July 7, 2018. Counts were done at Phinizy and Silver Bluff.

New Business

Storks and Corks will be held on August 4, 2018. Tickets sales are going well. There will be food similar to previous years. Volunteers will provide food, set up and clean up. The Friends of Silver Bluff are helping with the Silent Auction. Please contact them or Paul Koehler if you have Silent Auction items. This event raises money for Silver Bluff.

Joan Howard made a motion that we provide desert and drinks/water for future meetings. This will reduce the amount of snacks and leftovers. The motion was seconded and passed.

Education

Beth is still receiving Thank-You notes for the Audubon Adventure packets.

Field Trips

There is a trip to Merry Brick Ponds on 7/21. On September 29th there will be boat trip on Betty’s Branch. Bring your own boat, kayak or obtain a rental.

The Fall Migration Count will be October 1, 2018.

Sightings

Roseate Spoonbills at Langley Pond
Yellow Crown Night Herons at North Augusta Brick Pond
Kentucky Warbler at Silver Bluff

The next meeting will be on September 13, 2018. A motion was made to adjourn the meeting. It was seconded and passed. The meeting adjourned.

Mary Pallon