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

Minutes of SEVAS meeting Feb 17, 2010

The meeting was called to order by President Don Picard, who welcomed members and guests, including Audubon of Florida board member Ann Moore.

The minutes of last month’s meeting were accepted as submitted, and available on the SEVAS website.

Treasurer’s Report:

Current balance $3431.92 includes a $35 contribution form national Audubon and a food fund overage of $20.  In the next month, a payment of $60 will be due for our P. O.Box.

Field trips:

Our March 5 field trip to Ravine Gardens was less spectacular than was hoped for.  It was a cool, windy day and due to the unusually cold winter weather, the azaleas had not yet bloomed out.  But our members always make the most of it.  One great sighting was a redheaded woodpecker just outside the entrance to the Gardens.

Our next field trip is Saturday, March 20 to Peacock Pocket at Merritt Island.  Meet at 8 AM near Dunkin Donuts.

Nomination of Officers:

As of now, the proposed slate of volunteers is unopposed.  Currently there is no candidate for Vice President or Conservation Chair. Nominations or volunteers are open for all positions until the election takes place at the next meeting.

    President: Don Picard

    Vice President:

    Secretary: Fern Murphy

    Treasurer: Bill Cox

    Newsletter: Gil Miller

    Programs: Ken Gunn

    Filed Trips: Gail Domroski


    Conservation, Emeritus: Lee Bidgood

    Membership: Richard Domroski

    Publicity: Nancy White

Election of Officers:

At our next meeting:  Wed, April 21 at 5:30 PM at Menard-May Park.  This is a covered-dish dinner. Please bring everything you need (plates, utensils, napkins, beverages)—nothing is provided.  This will be the last meeting of the season.

Shorebird Partnership:

Minutes of these meetings will be posted by Don on our website.  The partnership includes local Audubon chapters, SJRWMD, State Fish and Wildlife Commission, the County of Volusia, Beach Patrol and other interested parties.  The purpose is to provide stewardship for our County shorebirds and seabirds through coordinated and collaborative effort.  One aspect of their work is to attempt to establish a formal method by which people who recognize areas as CWA’s- Critical Wildlife Areas may apply to have the area formally designated and protected. The first area of interest is going to be Bird Island to the south of the Dunlawton Bridge.


VCGMC meeting on March 24 at the DeLand HQ-  more information on our website.

Don has sent a letter reiterating the official SEVAS position against the Farmton plans, and encouraging a “no!” vote at the meeting.

A lawsuit has been brought against the county for proceeding out-of-order in approving aspects of the Farmton plan. The News Journal article may be viewed at

Orange Audubon photo contest: Deadline is in May.  Interested parties please request details from Don Picard.

6th Annual Audubon Academy:

March 26-28, Paramount Plaza Conference Center, Gainesville, FL

Special Guest: Anne Moore

John Hankinson, Audubon of Florida Board Chairman and Mrs. Moore, Audubon Board member at Large have invited us all to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.  There will be a BBQ at Spruce Creek Park on Sunday, April 25 form 3-7 PM.  Please bring a side dish to share.  RSVP to Ann by April 19 at 386-937-0251 or

Guest Speaker, Dr. Debra Woodall, Associate Professor of Oceanography/Geology at Daytona State College presented Ocean Currents 101- the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

Her presentation was disheartening with regards to the amassing of plastic waste in large conglomerates in all the earth’s oceans, resulting in animal deaths due to entrapment and poisoning or starvation via ingestion of plastic particles in place of appropriate food sources. The ugly news was presented with colorful slides, animations, and film clips. Ocean currents is a very complex subject with a language all its own, but Dr. Woodall is obviously an accomplished educator, and the presentation was well received.

Thanks, Ken, for such an excellent line up of speakers this season.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Fern Murphy