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Fort Collins Audubon Society
Board of Directors Meeting

March 6, 2008

ATTENDEES: Heman Adams, Scott Cobble, Eric DeFonso, Ruth Grant, Ron Harden, Bill Miller, Joann Thomas, John Waddell.

OTHERS PRESENT: Phil Cafaro with SWIG.

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7:00 P.M.

INTRODUCTIONS: – Everyone introduced themselves.

MINUTES – Review, revise, and approve – All:
There were no minutes to approve.

New for all: Please Bring Written Reports or Email Reports in Advance


Treasurer’s Report – Waddell:
1. Set up final budget.
2. 31 participants in the Fort Collins Christmas Bird count.
3. Still have to designate a fund for scholarships but don’t know how much put in it.
Heman pointed out we had designated 20% for the fund.
4. Jessie wants to sell books at the April meeting.


A. Programs – Meschievitz:
1. March program with David Leatherman.
2. May program – Mark Easter with Sierra Club will talk about the Poudre River.

B. Membership – Tupper:
1. No Discussion.

C. Finance – Adams:
1. No discussion.

D. Education – Thomas:
1. Wanted to partner with Lory State Park for IBMD but Lory backed out.

E. Conservation – Miller:
1. No discussion.

F. Field Trips – DeFonso:
1. Had the small montane nocturnal trip. Lots of interest but no owls.
2. Rick Harness led a raptor field trip.

G. Newsletter – Martin:
1. How to disseminate information from various newsletters. Might use CO General.
2. Scholarship flyers are going out.

H. Birdathon – All:
1. Joann’s idea is to partner with High Plains Nature Center for Birdathon.
2. Need three or four people to work on the Birdathon to generate interest.
3. Ron suggested creating a letter to solicit interest.
4. Joann suggested we need a Birdathon committee.

A. NISP – Miller/Cafaro:
1. Bill wrote a response to a letter appearing in the Fort Morgan newspaper.
2. Scott moved to support the effort to oppose the NISP project. Ron seconded the motion.
The motion passed unanimously.
3. Berthoud pulled out of the project.
4. Joel suggested bringing in as much sound science to the effort as possible.
5. AoC science committee will take up the subject.
6. The question was called to bring the issue to the AoC Board this Saturday. It passed
7. There will be a meeting on NISP on April 7th from 6 to 9 PM. at the Harmony Library.
8. There might be a need for a legal fund. Heman suggested using the Birdathon as a
vehicle to raise funds. Phil indicated if FCAS voted for it he would set up the Poudre
River Defense Fund. The issue will be put on the April meeting agenda. Phil said he’d
find out how SWIG is gathering funds for a legal defense fund.

B. Master Birder Program – Thomas:
1. Joann and Sue Kinney are working on to create a Master Birder program. It will be
independent of the Fort Collins Natural Areas Program.


A. Garden Tour – Hull:
1. Garden tour committee met and decided the Tour would become a biannual event.

B. Brinks Pipeline – Miller:
1. FCAS will support the Brinks.

C. Telephone Survey – All:
1. No discussion.

1. No discussion.

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 P.M.


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