Southeast Volusia Audubon Society, P.O. Box 46, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170;

January2013 Meeting Minutes

Jan 16, 2013 meeting of SouthEast Volusia Audubon Society


President Don Picard welcomed approximately 30 attendees, including 7 first-timers and guests

Secretary’s report is available on the SEVAS website

Treasurer’s report
 At year’s end, we received approx. $300 from National Audubon, bringing our current balance to $2595.74; this does not include a recent deposit of $50 made by Don.

31 participants counted a total of 131 species, 38,600 individual birds.  These numbers are close to our chapter’s average.
Thanks to all who participated in CBC.  As I stated in Prez Sez, citizen science will be all the more important because of the changing climate.

Field Trips
The field trip scheduled for Thurs, Jan 17 to Long Leaf Pine Preserve was cancelled due to the need for the wildlife buggy elsewhere

Our last field trip was to Viera Ponds.  The day started our very foggy, and due to road improvement work, only the click ponds were available by car.  We made the most of it, and had a pleasant day. Trip report and bird list are on the SEVAS webstie.

Next field trip: Sat, Jan 19, meet at 8 AM, to MINWR.

Future Meetings are moving!
Feb and March meetings will be held at the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach.  Feb speaker will be discussing Barn Owls, “nature’s rat-icide.”  If these group meetings go well, we will consider moving our location to the MDC for all of next year.  There is no charge for use of the facility.  It is more centrally located for our membership, so may draw more attendees.  There are more days of different weeks of the month available.  Currently, meeting on the third Wed of the month butts our meetings up against Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays; Wed is also a night when many folks like to go to church.
April: instead of pot luck dinner at Kennedy Park in Edgewater, we are considering holding our potluck at Captain Bill’s, located next to JB’s Restaurant.  Dinner would be followed by a sunset river cruise.  Cost would be $10-$15 per person.  There will be more discussion to finalize plans.

We are considering
    -Not tied to third Wed, close to holidays, maybe more members due to central location, etc.
Shorebird Survey (Ken)

land and water conservation initiative

tonight's speaker

from the floor