November Minutes

NORTH CASCADES AUDUBON SOCIETYBoard Meeting MinutesNovember 2, 2015 The meeting was called to order by President Pam Borso at 7:00 pm at the WECU Education Center on Holly Street.Board Members Present: Pam Borso, Steven Harper, Sue Parrott, Ken Salzman, Carol Roberts, Steve Irving, Owen Bamford, Kelley Palmer-McGee and Judy Kreiger. Absent: Rae Edwards, Paul Woodcock, Twink Coffman. Secretary’s Report: The September report was approved as submitted.Treasurer’s Report: Sue presented the updated treasurer’s report for September and October. Communications and Input

  • Postcards were sent to all members advising them of the option of receiving the newsletter electronically, by mail, or both. Hopefully we will be able to reduce the amount of newsletters sent out by mail.
  • Sue presented a table of all of the scholarships and donations that have be given out by NCAS over the past 4 years. This will prove helpful when deciding upon future donations and scholarships.
  • Postcards will be sent out advertising the holiday potluck on Dec. 8 at Lairmont Manor.
  • Pam signed scoping letters written by Washington Audubon expressing concerns with the expansion of the rail terminal at the Shell Oil refinery in Anacortes and with the development of a Grays Harbor Oil Terminal.
  • Paul reported that for the time being Sandy Point has been removed from the Cherry Point Study Project because of no trespassing signs being placed on the property. Lyle Anderson is attempting to obtain permission from the owners to allow continued use as a survey sight.
  • Judy reported that she has submitted the last 2 years of NCAS materials to the State Archives at WWU.

Unfinished Business

  • Ken reported that because of scheduling changes made by NSEA he was unable to assist with the NSEA eagle presentation previously scheduled on Oct. 3.
  • Paul was asked and accepted an invitation to be the official representative for NCAS on the Whatcom County Wildlife Committee established by the County Council.
  • Steven and Pam reported on the ACOW meeting held in Burlington. Steven, Pam, Paul and Sue attended. The focus of ACOW this year was efforts local chapters can lead to prepare for future climate change. Presentations on effective lobbying, proposed carbon tax initiatives proposed for the State of Washington, potential effects of climate change and National Audubon’s effort to establish birding tourism in Columbia were heard.
  • The Syre Bird Exhibit will be open from approximately Jan. 4 through early February. Board members have volunteered to lead a number of educational programs during this time.

New Business

  • The board voted to allocate $100 for center pieces for the December Holiday Event, scheduled for Dec. 8 at the Lairmont Manor. Carol has procured table cloths and Doug Brown will be presenting slides of the Pearrygin Lake Campout.
  • The board voted to allocate $500 for the 2016 Whatcom Museum Birding Summer Camp for youth to be spent at the discretion of the Whatcom Museum.
  • Chris Brewer from the Whatcom Museum presented a list of ideas for spring break educational efforts for youth and families related to birds and for the Whatcom Museum Birding Summer Camp for youth. She asked people for feedback on her ideas and for volunteers interested in participating in any of the programs.
  • Steven provided information on the upcoming presentations for the membership meetings.

Meeting Adjourned: 8:00 pmNext Meeting: December 7, 2015 7:00pm at the WECU Education Center, 311 Holly Street, Bellingham. Steven Harper, Secretary