Augusta-Aiken Audubon Bi-Monthly Meeting Minutes

May 11, 2017

The program was Bird Attracting Plants by Gerald Stephens from Nurseries Caroliniana in North Augusta, SC. There were 26 people in attendance.

Business Meeting

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

An election was held for officers who will have a term for one year. Paul Koehler presented the proposed officers as shown below for 2017-2018. There were no nominations from the floor. A voice vote was taken for all in favor or opposed. The slate was approved as shown below.

President Elect – Brandon Heitkamp
Vice President – Lois Stacy
Treasurer – Gerald May (has held position for 33 years)
Secretary – Mary Pallon

The Treasurer's Report was given.

Announcements

The program for July 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.

Birdathon was held on April 29, 2017. Twenty six birders participated and 170 species were recorded.. Observations were done via car, kayak, bicycle and foot. To date $3000 was raised. Donations will be accepted up to the end of the month. A cookout will be held on 5/13/17 for the participants.

The Migration Count was held on 5/6/17.

Conservation

Water monitoring continues. The South Edisto had its first finding of E.coli at Keadle Bridge. SCDHEC was made aware of it. There was a Conservation Lobby Day in March. SC Senator Tom Young represents Aiken County and the Walkers spoke with him about water issues.

Old Business

The East Aiken Elementary Wildlife Garden Project is almost complete. Benches have been installed. A dedication will be scheduled. A Blue Bird House would be a welcome donation.

New Business

There will be an Eagle Scout Project starting at Silver Bluff to replace the wood ramp on the classroom trailer.

Education

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

Field Trips

There is a trip to Congaree on 5/13/17. Meet in North Augusta at Exit 1 of I-20 or at Congaree at 9 am.

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

Field trips are posted on the web site.

Sightings

Purple Gallinules at Brick Pond Park in North Augusta – possible nesting pair Bob White, Swallowtail Kite, Redstart, Yellow Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Chuck Wills Widow and Whippoorwill at Silver Bluff

Note: A correction to the March 2017 report is for the program which was presented by Sean Poppy. Not John Poppy which was shown in the March 2017 report.

Mary Pallon