September Board Minutes

Summary of NCAS Board Meeting:  September 3, 2018


The Board met at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship from 7 to 9 pm on September 3 and took the following actions and/or discussed the following issues:


  • The remaining $1,000 of our $3,000 scholarship budget has been reserved for a possible Beginning Birding class to be offered at Whatcom Community College.
  • Audubon will staff a booth at the Bellingham Farmer’s Market twice per year.
  • Reservations for the Pearrygin Lake Campout have been made for Thursday-Sunday, May 30-June 2.
  • Updated job descriptions for Board members and Committee Chairs will be submitted to the Board for approval.
  • The President will invite a representative from the Whatcom Land Trust to an upcoming Board meeting to share their strategies for fundraising and recruiting new members.
  • The Conservation Committee signed on to a national letter opposing attacks on environmental issues in the 2019 Appropriations Bill.
  • The Board voted to adopt a proposal to establish a fundraising goal of $11,000 to construct an elevated viewing platform/bird blind and interpretive signage for the Harrison Reserve project. This goal includes raising $5,500 from NCAS general membership and matching dollar for dollar up to $5,500 from NCAS reserve funds.  NCAS will continue to purse grants for this project.
  • A photo release will be added to our field trip liability release form.
  • The Board voted to co-sponsor a Candidate Forum with RESources for Sustainable Communities for three Whatcom County positions on the November 2018 ballot. These positions are: County Council at Large, Public Utility District #1 Commissioner and County Prosecutor.  The Forum is planned for October (date TBA).
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One comment on “September Board Minutes
  1. Barbara Perry says:

    Hello Pam Borso, Thank you so much for attending the HV Neighborhood dinner. Unfortunately I had to leave early so missed your complete report. I did, however, write a short report for the HNV Newspaper quarterly. If you would be so kind as to read what I wrote and hopefully fill in some missing information. Thanks again, Barbara Perry
    Where Are the Birds? 72% of Local Birds Gone

    Years ago, an apple tree stood strong growing many fine apples. When we first moved into our Happy Valley home, it provided many apples for our family. We also saw various birds come through the area on their way north. Some traveling in flocks. : [early morning memory failure. I do have a bird book I will look for as well as the net].
    But the tree grew old like we did. When a windstorm took it to the ground, my husband, who loved to sit on the back deck to view nature, said, let’s leave it down and see what nature does with it. For many months, we saw birds coming to feast upon the different prolific bugs, some of which we could not see; we saw birds pecking though. The leftover tree was demolished in a season, maybe completely in two. That tree had spent its live growing and giving.
    The memory of this tree came to mind because on Sunday, March 21, 2018, I went to the local Happy Valley Neighborhood Community Dinner. The dinners often conclude with speakers. This Sunday, Wendy Scherrer had invited a speaker from the Audubon Society, Pam Borso, had come to speak about the declining bird population. She showed many pictures of birds a handful of people in the audience had seen in the past but only a few, including myself, had seen recently.
    The beautiful Western Tanager with its multiple colors, the all yellow bird [?[ had depleted. The main cause of the falling numbers, she reported, was not the predators like cats, rats, and raccoons, although they are still a problem. The speaker showed a common picture of a neighborhood of small houses with grass in the front yards and back, and with mostly impervious ground for all the autos.
    When I mentioned this lecture to my daughter who lives in Seattle – that progressive city, she said how Seattle gives tax breaks to residents who plant local plants. I foresee we in Bellingham will soon be doing that.
    The growing population of people mostly pull up local wild plants in order to plant grass. Deer eat the grass. We have a lot of them. What foods do the local birds eat that we destroy? The speaker went on to describe the local plants that insects will feed upon. Mainly the bird population eats the high protein insects. Unfortunately, I had to leave the lecture early, so must get the Audubon Plants for Birds.
    Having been to Wendy Scherrer’s home, I had loved the pathways through the local plants she had planted in her front yard. No wonder she had invited this important speaker. What a treat for everyone to be able to see nature thriving. Nature truly makes Heaven on Earth. Let us hope we all may assist her needed recovery so all life can be more heavenly again. Thank you Wendy Scherrer and Pam Borso of the North Cascades Audubon Society.

    Online resources Audubon Plants for Birds

    Audubon Plants for Birds
    Washington Native Plant Society
    Washington Fish and Wildlife
    Habitat Network, Yard Map
    National Wildlife Federation
    American Bird Conservancy
    King County Native Plant Guide
    WSU Cooperative Extension Whatcom County
    Whatcom Conservation District
    Fourth Corner Nursery
    Cloud Mountain Farm Center
    de Wilde’s Nursery
    My Garden Nursery
    The Garden Spot
    The Gardens at Padden Creek
    Kent’s Garden and Nursery

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