Fort Collins Audubon Society
Board of Directors Meeting
February 4, 2010
ATTENDEES: Heman Adams, Scott Cobble, Eric DeFonso, Ruth Grant, Ron
Karl Krahnke, Bill Miller, Louise Parker, Liz Pruessner, Joann Thomas,
OTHERS PRESENT: None.
CALL TO ORDER: President Karl Krahnke called the meeting to order at
INTRODUCTIONS: – All:
MINUTES – Review, revise, and approve – All:
Liz Pruessner moved to approve the January 7, 2010 minutes with any
might be find.. The board approved unanimously.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: – All:
1. Karl Received notice from the League of Women Voters regarding a
meeting to be held from
7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M., February 8th, 2010, at the Unitarian Church.
There will be discussion
of a definition of sustainability. The public is invited
2. Joel has registered FCAS with Tech Soup. This will enable FCAS to
acquire software at a
3. The State Board will meet February 13th. FCAS will generate a report
for the meeting.
REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND COMMITEES:
New for all: Please Bring Written Reports or Email Reports in Advance
REPORTS OF OFFICERS:
Treasurer’s Report – Waddell:
1. Checking account balance on February 2nd , 2010 was $2,346.22.
2. The total balance is $13,152.02.
3. Expenses include:
a) $445.00 to print the January newsletter.
b) $133.50 for newsletter addressing and preparation for the Post
c) $111.41 to mail the January newsletter.
d) $15.84 for speaker meal.
e) $148.50 to rent the Columbine room at the Lincoln Center.
f) $145.00 to reserve a room at the Loveland Museum.
g) $110 for forwarding five National Audubon memberships.
h) $15.90 for telephone service.
i) $239.08 for the Loveland Christmas Bird Count.
4. Receipts include:
a) $10.00 for one Colorado Landscapes.
b) $268.30 for 45 Pocket Guides.
c) $10.00 for partial payment for one CD.
d) $228.74 for 13 memberships.
e) $103.50 in donations.
f) $15.00 donation for the Loveland Christmas Bird Count.
g) $60.38 for Adopting a Mongolian foal.
h) $0.12 for Checking Account Interest.
5. Current Birdathon 2010 net is $0.00.
6. Will ask for horse donations at the Loveland meeting.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:
A. Membership – Pruessner:
1. 275 E-Newsletters were distributed this month, an increase of 88 from
2. 645 USPS Newsletters distributes this month, a decrease of 100 from
3. Liz will request that the NAS Membership department collect e-mail
new members and share them with local chapters.
4. The Save the Trees plea will return to the Ptarmigan, this time on
the front page.
5. Bill suggested a one page insert be placed in the Ptarmigan asking
members to choose
between paper or electronic Ptarmigan.
6. Joann will ask about Postal rates at the Post Office
B. Finance – Adams:
1. No discussion.
C. Education – Thomas:
1. Joann and John are working to get the River Watch going by March. A
River Watch will visit in April to Supervise and offer advice on
2. The January 28th Backyard Birds Slide Program was attended by 75
They were enthusiastic about discussing their backyard birds.
3. Between 400 and 500 people attended the January 30th Bath Avian
Day. Chris, Greg, Marcia, and John hosted the exhibit.
4. Scheduled programs for February and March, 2010:
a) February 26th – CSU Biology Club – FCAS Q & A.
b) February 27th – High Plains Landscape Workshop – Exhibit Program.
c) March 6th – Putnam Science Carnival – Education Program.
D. Conservation – Miller:
1. No Discussion.
E. Field Trips – DeFonso:
1. David Leatherman led a group of 15 to Cottonwood Hollow/ Running Deer
Areas, Prospect Ponds, and the Grandview Cemetery.
2. On January 23rd, Connie Kogler led 10 people to various winter
3. On January 27th, Eric took 11 to the Denver Museum for a tour of the
4. Walter Szeliga filled in for Ted Floyd’s Boulder trip.
5. Eric has an owling trip planned for February 21st.
6. Nick Komar’s gull identification workshop will probably occur in
7. Either Nancy Howard or Beth Dillon will be leading a beginning
birding trip in
March or April.
8. Eric has submitted a query to Boulder County Audubon to see if
in a joint trip to Soapstone in May.
9. The CFO convention will be held in Fort Collins May 21st – May 24th.
10. Eric is considering a Birding by Ear class and field trip for
sometime in the future.
F. Newsletter – Jones:
1. No discussion.
G. Programs – Meschievitz:
1. Thursday, February 11th: The annual Joint meeting with the Northern
Plant Society. Whitney Cranshaw, Professor of Entomology at CSU, will
a program on Bees and Wasps of Colorado. Also, Douglas Kibbe, Region 15
Coordinator will present the status of the Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas
2. Thursday, March 11th: Scott Rashid will give a presentation on his
Mountain Owls. He will have his book for sale.
3. Thursday, April 8th: Rob Palmar, Colorado photographer and grand
of “Nature’s Best Photographer” featured in the January/February Audubon
4. Thursday, April 29th: At the Loveland Museum, beginning at 7:15 P.M.
Wild Horses and Raptors of Mongolia.
H. Volunteers – A. Waddell:
1. No discussion.
A. Retreat Follow – up – Group Reports – All:
1. Karl distributed the summary of his Group’s suggestions:
a) Revise the membership application.
b) Prepare and make available a list of the benefits of FCAS membership.
c) Have more Board members at the greeting table – greet and small talk.
d) Hand out membership applications at the greeting table.
2. Liz sent the summary of her Group’s suggestions:
a) Feel that combining committees into larger groupings, reconstituting
them by function,
would bring more energy and cohesion to the Chapter efforts. Suggesting
larger group would need the structure of a committee chair with clearly
sub-chair responsibilities to function efficiently. Current chairs would
committee chairs within the larger group.
b) Three questions identified:
i) Where does the Finance Committee fit?
ii) How would the new committees hold meetings?
iii) Does the CBC belong in the Conservation/ Public Policy Group
B. Mongolian Horse Adoption – All:
1. Will collect money at the Loveland program.
C. Monitor Purchase – Harden:
1. The Board authorized the purchase of a monitor.
D. River Watch – Thomas:
1. Joann received permission to find a site. Hopefully, something by
E. Feral Cat Issue – All:
a) Do not attack the Trap, Neuter, Release groups.
b) FCAS needs to be prepared to make a science-based presentation to
bodies if TNR groups attempt to get legal sanctions from the
c) Develop a standard letter to respond with.
2. Ron’s Presentation:
a) Nico Dauphine, Zoological Society of London – range of bird kills per
different studies – 100 million to 1 billion.
b) Most conservative estimate is that cat predation is one of the most
anthropogenic causes of bird loss.
c) Free-roaming cats serve as disease vectors for diseases that can be
conveyed to humans
and to other animals.
d) Exotic birds vs. native birds – exotics are in higher numbers where
feral cat colonies
e) TNR needs to be put into the environmental review process.
A. Recognition for Lynne Hull – All:
1. $100.00 gift certificate from JAX.
3. Scott to see if he can get an idea how long Lynne has been on the
B. Brochure – Pruessner and Thomas:
1. Joann suggested creating an Ad hoc committee to redesign the
newsletter. Joann, Louise,
and Bill volunteered.
2. Karl suggested adding benefits for being a FCAS member to the
C. Fossil Creek Reservoir NA Adoption – Krahnke:
1. The Board consensus is to adopt the natural area.
D. Tongass National Forest – Letter – Harden:
1. Ron asked if he could sign FCAS onto the Alaska Coalition. The Board
E. Audubon Colorado Public Policy Committee – Legislative Issues –
1. HB1001 Renewable Energy Standards – increase the generation of
renewable energy from
20% t0 30% by 2020. Position – support if amended.
2. HB1051 – Adds annual reporting requirements concerning water saved
and the taps
provided in each sector served under the conservation plan already
required of water
providers. Position – support.
3. Defense of the Oil and Gas development regulations adopted during the
session. Defending the wildlife provisions are a top priority.
4. Cotter Mining Company is seeking to re-open a facility to handle
A bill will be introduced to require no permit until its previous site
is cleaned up.
Position – support.
5. S98 will propose taking lottery money of the Conservation Trust Fund
to do noxious
weed control. Position - oppose.
6. The Governor’s update of Colorado’s Road-less Rules should be out
soon. No big
surprises are expected. The final form does not preclude wildlife
seeking additional protections from federal provisions.
F. Fundraising Opportunities – Grant:
The meeting adjourned at 9:10 P.M.
Submitted by Scott Cobble