Fort Collins Audubon Society
Board of Directors Meeting
March 4, 2010
ATTENDEES: Heman Adams, Scott Cobble, Eric DeFonso, Ruth Grant, Ron
Jessie Meschievitz, Bill Miller, Louise Parker, Liz Pruessner, Joann
Thomas, John Waddell.
OTHERS PRESENT: None.
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:
No minutes to approve.
AGENDA REVIEW – All:
ANNOUNCEMENTS: – All:
1. Eric will become the moderator of [FCAS_BOD].
2. Connie Kogler is stepping down as Loveland CBC Compiler.
3. Nick Komar is stepping down as Fort Collins CBC Compiler but is
willing to become the
Loveland CBC Compiler.
4. Tom Hall will become the Fort Collins CBC Compiler.
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. The checking account balance on March 4th, 2010 was $703.12.
2. The total balance was $12,152.21
. 3. Expenses include:
a) $116.02 to PostNet for processing the February Newsletter.
b) $96.65 to the US Postal Service for February newsletter postage .
c) $185.00 to the US Postal Service for an annual renewal of our bulk
d) $186.00 to the US Postal Service for 600 pre-stamped Post Cards.
e) $865.00 to Print It for printing the February ($395.00) and March
f) $8.73 for Whitney Cranshaw’s speaker meal.
g) $148.50 to the Lincoln Center for room rental on Feb 11.
h) $25.00 for participation fee in the High Plains Landscape Workshop
i) $70.00 to National Audubon Society for two memberships.
j) $15.90 to Qwest for phone service - Jan 16th to Feb 15th.
k) $61.60 to the US Postal Service for 140 Forever Stamps.
l) $185.00 to Audubon for the participation fee for 37 counters in the
Christmas Bird Count.
m) $269.99 to Best Buy for a television, Toshiba 19LV61OU LCD/DVD Combo.
4. Receipts include:
a) $2.00 for two checklists.
b) $10.00 for one Colorado Wildscapes.
c) $65.50 for 11 pocket guides.
d) $213.74 for 10 memberships.
e) $877.50 for donations from four individuals.
f) $5.00 donation for Mongolia Horse adoption.
5. Next CD maturation is March 6th, 2010, for $5,364.88.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:
A. Membership – Pruessner:
1. 283 E-Newsletters were distributed this month, an increase of eight
from last month.
2. 648 USPS Newsletters distributed this month, an increase of three
from last month.
3. A post card included with the March issue of the Ptarmigan enabled
members to mail
in their preference for email or USPS newsletter. Joann pulled this
4. Ashley suggested including a space on the online membership renewal
form in Pay
Pal for members to make an additional donation to FCAS. Liz will discuss
it with Joel.
B. Finance – Adams:
1. No discussion.
C. Education – Thomas
1. River Watch still pending a site.
2. February 25th – CSU Biology Club – The Program focused on the life of
James Audubon, the history and mission of the National Audubon Society,
current state of affairs on employment, analysis of job requirements
posted, and a
Q&A session. Nine students attended.
3. February 27th – High Plains Landscape Workshop – It was a very
event. FCAS sold about $200.00 in merchandise, mostly bird guides. Many
were interested in Audubon. Joann and Lynne Hull staffed the table,
and signed participants’ cards. People came from as far as Wyoming and
definite show for next year. About 350 people, participants and
4. Scheduled programs for March and April, 2010:
a) March 5th – Backyard Birds (slide show) – Pioneer Women.
b) March 6th – Putnam Science Carnival – Education Program.
c) April 26th – Backyard Birds (Slide Show) – PEO Women’s Organization.
5. Scheduled meetings:
a) March 17th – Second planning retreat for the Northern Colorado
6. Liz will, and Ruth may be able to, volunteer for the Putnam Science
7. Bill suggested we keep track of the volunteer time we put into FCAS
8. Heman suggested Scott tally the total time Board members put into
D. Conservation – Miller:
1. Bill signed FCAS up with a broad coalition of groups whose aim it is
to pressure the
EPA, Army Corps of Engineers, and the Council on Environmental Quality
mining wastes out of rivers, lakes, and streams by changing the
definition of “fill”
E. Field Trips – DeFonso:
1. Walter Szeliga, filling in for Ted Floyd, reported that not a single
person showed up
at the designated meet spot for the Boulder-area trip.
2. Eric cancelled the montane owling trip, scheduled for February 21st,
due to treacherous
road conditions. He rescheduled the trip for Saturday, March 6th. Most
signed up for the February trip was still on board.
3. Eric agreed to lead a Pawnee Grasslands trip in September for the
Foundation’s annual meeting, this year to be held in Fort Collins.
4. Eric, on March 20th, will be leading a raptor trip.
5. Nick Komar, in April, will be leading a gull workshop.
6. Nancy Howard will be leading a beginner birding trip in late April.
7. FCAS landed a pair of grouse trips to be led by Jesse Brauch, a
working on a Sage Grouse research project in Western Colorado.
F. Newsletter – Jones:
1. No discussion.
G. Programs – Meschievitz:
1. Thursday, March11th: Scott Rashid, author and photographer, will be
a presentation on his recently released book, Small Mountain Owls. Also,
Kibbe will dispense Colorado breeding bird atlas materials and will see
is interested in signing up as a Breeding Bird Atlas data collector.
2. Thursday, April 8th: Rob Palmar, Colorado photographer and grand
of “Nature’s Best Photographer” featured in the January/February Audubon
3. Thursday, April 29th: At the Loveland Museum, beginning at 7:15 P.M.
Wild Horses and Raptors of Mongolia.
4. 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.
5. Thursday, September 9th: David Leatherman, Dragonflies and
6. 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,
H. Volunteers – A. Waddell:
1. Ashley invited Board members to volunteer for the Putnam Science
A. Birdathon – Miller:
1. Bill will miss the March Program Meeting so Heman will promote the
B. Newsletter – Electronic vs Paper – All:
1. After much discussion Ruth suggested the Board reassess the
in a couple of months.
C. Membership Brochure Revisions – Thomas:
1. Bill asked the Board to come up with some benefits of belonging to
2. New fee structure in development.
3. Ron and Heman suggested stating in the brochure what types of
opportunities are available.
4. Bill suggested the newsletter committee could evolve into a
D. Insurance – Grouse Trips and Van Rentals – DeFonso, All:
1. Ron indicated that FCAS is covered if a vehicle is rented.
E. Monitor Purchase – Harden, DeFonso:
1. Ron suggested running the American Bird Conservancy video: Trap,
Neuter, and Release:
Bad for Cats, Disaster for Birds, at meetings and having brochures
F. Retreat Follow-up –All:
G. Audubon of Colorado Public Policy Committee – Legislative Issues –
1. In regards to SB98:
a) In order not to compete with other funding needs of the state, the
people have voted
three times (1976, 1980, 1992) to create a separate revenue base for
and open space.
b) Lottery was created to address an either/or dilemma that might arise
entity requiring a funding source.
c) Other possible sources of money exist for weed control such as soil
d. Bill and Ron have a meeting scheduled with Randy Fisher on Saturday,
H. Feral Cat Issue – Harden:
1. Ron handed out a draft policy position paper on the feral cat issue.
The Board will vote on
it at the April Board meeting.
I. River Watch – Thomas:
1. In April, Joann will go to Denver to see if she can resolve the River
J. Mongolian Horse Adoption – Loveland – Miller:
1. FCAS will solicit additional donations at the Loveland meeting.
K Fossil Creek Reservoir NA Adoption – Miller:
1. No new developments.
A. Fundraising Opportunities – Grant:
1. No discussion.
B. Canoe Trip – Thomas:
1. Joann suggests the trip be August 20th – 22nd. The theme will be
2. The trip will be on the Gunnison River using canoes not kayaks.
C. Beginning Birding Class – Thomas, Miller, DeFonso:
1. Kevin Cook will be doing beginning birding classes in April and May.
2. FCAS birding classes will have a field trip component.
3. John suggested a Fall waterfowling class.
D. Ptarmigan Editorial Committee – Miller:
1. The Ptarmigan cannot be standardized due to last minute additions.
2. Ask Carol for her input on the Ptarmigan.
E. Publicity Chair Vacancy – Miller:
1. Approach Carol to format publicity flyers.
1. Ruth saw a Vermillion Flycatcher while in Arizona.
2. Jessie will contact the CFO to let them know that FCAS is willing to
offer assistance during
The meeting adjourned at 9:15 P.M.
Submitted by Scott Cobble