NCIOS MEETING - September 13, 2007 - Minutes

Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve

President, Joyce Armstrong, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. 16 members were in attendance. The minutes of the June 14, 2007 meeting were approved as read. The Treasurer reported receipt of 24 membership dues, including a life membership, and a balance of $522.33. The Treasurer’s Report was approved as presented.

Recent local bird sightings included:

Ginnie Schmidt has the 2008 NCIOS Calendars available for sale. Members were asked to pick them up following the meeting. Volunteers were sought to bring refreshments for future meetings. Mrs. Armstrong will review the Bylaws for information about the process to replace Board Member, Barb Mahaffa, who has resigned because she is leaving the area.

Lynda Johnson suggested that NCIOS consider appointing another member to represent NCIOS at the FREC (Four Rivers Environmental Coalition) meetings, which she has attended in the past. Since Ginnie Schmidt and Phil Schwab had initially agreed to be alternates, it would be appropriate to offer the opportunity to them first. Meetings are held bi-monthly at 3 or 3:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month.

Mrs. Johnson thanked those members who had set up telescopes and assisted visitors to spot birds during the Wildflower Weekend at Nygren on July 21st – Ginnie Schmidt, Phil Schwab, Joyce (?), Fred Stellema, and Tom and Ruth Little.

Lee Johnson moved and Ken Frey seconded a motion that the club should rent a P.O. Box for its mail at a semi-annual cost of $20.00. The motion was approved by the unanimous voice vote of all members present.

Lee Johnson reported that 10 members and 1 guest had attended the Field Trip to Sugar River Forest Preserve on Saturday, September 8, 2007. 31 species were seen, with the highlight being a Red-shouldered Hawk. Warblers were few, but some of the group had seen Chestnut-sided and Black-throated Green Warblers.

The next Field Trip will be a visit to Chuck Hillebrand’s property in the Pecatonica wetlands area on October 13. Members were asked to meet at 7:45 a.m at Farm and Fleet, 4725 W. State Street and carpool from there. “Why Do We Count Birds?” will be the topic of the next NCIOS meeting held at Burpee Museum on October 11, 2007.

Mrs. Armstrong distributed a flyer featuring a series presented by the Severson Dells Nature Center, “The Mysteries and Miracles of Nature”, September 12-15, 2007. She drew attention to a program at Severson that evening with Brian Doyle on the mysteries and miracles of nature and on Friday at the U of I College of Medicine with Alan Branhagen, a NCIOS member now living in Missouri, on “The Mystery of the Butterflies” and Bobbie Harrison on “The Call of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Rediscovering the Holy Grail of Birds”.

A motion to adjourn was moved by Lee Johnson, seconded by Jack Armstrong and approved by the voice vote of all present. The meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jan Lockwood

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