Fort Collins Audubon Society
Board of Directors Meeting
April 1, 2010
Heman Adams, Scott Cobble, Eric DeFonso, Ruth Grant, Ron Harden, Karl
Bill Miller, Louise Parker, Joann Thomas, John Waddell.
CALL TO ORDER:
Vice-President Bill Miller called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
INTRODUCTIONS: – All:
MINUTES – Review, revise, and approve – All:
The February 2010 and March 2010 minutes were approved.
AGENDA REVIEW – All:
ANNOUNCEMENTS: – All:
REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES:
REPORTS OF OFFICERS:
Treasurer’s Report – Waddell:
1. The checking account balance on April 1st was $2,777.90.
2. The total balance was $10,482.42.
3. March 2010 expenses included:
a. $215.95 to PostNet for processing the March Newsletter with
b. $865.00 to Print It for printing the February ($395.00) and March
c. $22.37 to Rustic Oven for Scott Rashid’s Meal.
d. $100.00 to Scott Rashid for mileage ($50.00) and honorarium ($
e. $148.50 to the Lincoln Center for room rental on March 11th.
f. $2,200.00 to the Environmental Learning Center for youth
g. $90.00 to National Audubon Society for three memberships.
h. $15.90 to Qwest for phone service - February 16th to March 15th.
i. $10.00 to the State of Colorado for FCAS corporate registration.
j. $185.00 to Audubon for participation fee for 37 counters in the Ft.
k. $50.00 to the Colorado Nonprofit Association for annual dues.
4. March 2010 receipts included:
a. $1,798.28 from National Audubon for Baseline funding for 2009.
b. $2,364.88 from partial withdrawal from mature CD. Reinvested
c. $2.00 for two bird guides.
d. $215.98 for 36 pocket guides.
e. $281.22 for 15 memberships.
f. $165.00 for donations from four individuals.
g. $0.09 from Wells Fargo for Interest on checking account.
5. Next CD maturation is September 11th, 2010 for $5326.34.
6. FCAS Income Tax Return filed electronically on March 27th, 2010.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:
A. Membership – Pruessner:
B. Finance – Adams:
1. Heman advised that FCAS observe how its cash flow increases and
recommended, given declining bank balances, that FCAS discontinue the
tuition program. The general discussion supported that sentiment.
2. Karl will inform Lisa that FCAS will continue the Environmental
program as planned for this year.
3. In the future FCAS will revisit the funding amount based on current
and funding sources.
C. Education – Thomas
1. River Watch still pending a site.
2. March 5th – Presented Backyard Birds slide show to Pioneer Women.
attended the presentation.
3. March 6th – Exhibited at the Putnam Science Carnival. This festival
support from the teaching faculty and the principal at Putnam school.
with CSU’s ornithology exhibit hosts and hopes to team up with them next
Rich Roberts stayed and helped Joann all day. Ruth Grant and Liz
came for half of the festival.
4. March 17th – Attended 2nd planning meeting for NCBF.
5. Scheduled future events:
a. April 28th – Backyard Birds (slide show) – PEO Women’s Organization.
b. June 5th/6th – Urban Gardening Festival – Gardens at Spring Creek.
will take one of the days and Heman will take the other. Karl may be
able to help.
c. September 25th – Northern Colorado Birding Fair.
d. October 21st - Backyard Birds – Livewires – Mountain View Presb.
6. Scheduled NCBF meetings:
4/23 2:00 – 3:30 @ Nix 5/19 9:00 – 11:30 @ Nix
6/16 9:00 – 11:30 @ Nix 7/14 9:00 – 11:30 @ Nix
8/11 9:00 – 11:30 @ Nix 8/25 9:00 – 11:30 @ Nix
9/08 9:00 – 11:30 @ Fossil Creek 9/22 9:00 – 11:30 @ Fossil Creek
D. Conservation – Miller:
E. Field Trips – DeFonso:
F. Newsletter – Jones:
G. Programs – Meschievitz:
1. Thursday, April 8th: Rob Palmar, Colorado photographer and grand
of “Nature’s Best Photographer” featured in the January/February Audubon
2. Thursday, April 29th: At the Loveland Museum, beginning at 7:15 P.M.
Wild Horses and Raptors of Mongolia.
3. Thursday, May 13th: Brett Bruyere, Director of the CSU Environmental
Center, will speak on research conducted during the past two years on
and families in programs about nature. He will speak on how FCAS is
part to address those barriers.
4. Thursday, September 9th: David Leatherman, Dragonflies and
5. Potential Fall 2010 – Speakers.
a. October – Jon Stravers, Audubon’s Mississippi River Initiative
Coordinator. Jon has worked on inventory and monitoring projects
red-shouldered hawks and other birds.
b. November – Nathan Pieplow, sound recordist and expert birder,
6. Other Business:
a. The Colorado Field Ornithologist Conference in Fort Collins, May 21st
Jessie contacted the president of CFO, welcoming CFO to Fort Collins and
if FCAS could be of any assistance. Jessie also invited a CFO
representative to an
upcoming monthly meeting to announce the May conference.
b. Karl took on Publicity duties. Would it be possible to format a
into a monthly flyer which Karl distributes?
H. Volunteers – A. Waddell:
A. Birdathon – Miller:
1. We really need to promote it. Need team Leaders, team members, and
2. The location of the post Birdathon get-together is still to be
3. Heman registered people to participate.
4. Will be held on the 14th and 15th of May.
B. Newsletter – Electronic vs Paper – All:
1. The Newsletter Committee suggested simplifying the newsletter
application form by
removing references to NAS, leaving FCAS membership and support options.
2. John emailed copies of returned postcards to the Board. The
in the March 2010 Ptarmigan, allowed recipients to mark their
a. 122 returned post cards.
b. 73 indicated electronic newsletter.
c. 37 indicated USPS newsletter.
d. Nine indicated removal from newsletter distribution.
e. Three did not indicate a newsletter preference.
C. Membership Brochure Revisions – Thomas:
D. Feral Cat Issue – Harden:
1. Ron presented a draft policy statement. After much discussion it was
Ron and Karl would work together to formulate a feral cat policy paper.
2. There had been an article in the Coloradoan regarding TNR and Ruth
FCAS respond in some fashion to the article. Perhaps a letter to the
editor. She would
run any letter by the Board.
E. Audubon of Colorado Public Policy Committee – Legislative Issues –
1. In regards to SB98:
a. As of March 26th, 2010, the bill had been amended and subsequently
house. The Bill had been fixed so that there would be no raiding of
funds to be
used for purposes other than what the funds had originally been
b. Ron thanked Ruth for appearing as a private citizen at a hearing and
opposition to the bill.
F. Mongolian Horse Adoption – Loveland – Miller:
1. No new developments.
G. Fossil Creek Reservoir NA Adoption – Miller:
1. Karl will communicate to the appropriate person that it is
unrealistic that a group
would be able to clean up Fossil Creek Reservoir NA each month. Bill
will join him.
H. Retreat Follow-up – All:
I. River Watch – Thomas:
A. Policy on lending out the chapter’s equipment – Miller:
1. The Board decided that FCAS equipment would only be used for FCAS
affairs such as field trips, classes, slide shows, and exhibitions.
B. Fund-raising opportunities – Grant:
1. Heman suggested making a direct request to membership for donations.
a. Soliciting for the cost of the meetings.
b. Soliciting donations for the scholarship fund.
2. Bill suggested announcing in the newsletter that FCAS needs to raise
3. Ron and Bill brought up the fact that Bill has possession of a DVD,
Our Good Work” produced in 2004 by the Santa Clara Valley Audubon
details how they started sending out an annual fundraising letter in
4. Bill suggested viewing the DVD at the May Board meeting.
C. Canoe Trip – Hurmence:
D. Beginning Birding Class – Thomas, Miller, DeFonso:
E. Ptarmigan Editorial Committee – Miller:
F. Other – All:
1. Scott suggested announcing to membership that Program meetings,
starting in September,
will be held at the Senior Center. Bill said an announcement will be
included in the next
The meeting adjourned at 9:05 P.M.
Submitted by Scott Cobble