Minutes of the Meeting of the
Board of Directors
February 3, 2004
President John Kennington called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m. at
the home of Bob Gard in Sand Springs. Also present were: Carol Eames,
Bob Gard, Marcie Goad, Mary Jackson, Peter Lowen, Tomye Mainer, Amy
Lambert, and Cyndie Browning. The minutes of the December 2nd Directors’
meeting were unanimously approved as amended.
No Treasurer's Report was then available but when it arrives, a copy of
the report will be filed with these minutes in the appropriate records.
Audubon at Home: Gardening for Life: Carol Eames reported that her
committee has visited about 12 different yards around Tulsa, and hope to
choose at least 5 for this year's Garden Tour (with at least 5 set aside
for next year). They have also arranged for 4 plant vendors to offer
plants for sale during the tour. Again, the tour is scheduled for June
12-13. Carol said they're hoping to get "a lot" of volunteers to help
with the tour so we don't have to pay extra people to help. Each
homeowner will receive a $50 gift certificate from the plant vendors.
The Garden Tour is the same weekend as the Route 66 celebration so we
hope to get some traffic from that event as well.
Eagles: The Eagle Days in January were very successful. We received good
coverage on the Channel 6 News and reports in the newspapers.
Carol Eames talked about the planned Audubon at Home: Gardening for Life
exhibit at Oxley Nature Center, and asked for sketches of ideas about
what we want the indoor exhibit to look like, not too much information,
something colorful and eye-catching. There will be an indoor exhibit and
an area outside the Visitors Center that will be planted with native
plants. John Kennington moved that we use the Jankowsky bequest to pay
for the exhibits, and Tomye Mainer seconded the motion, which passed
Next was a discussion about the possibility of reducing the cost of the
newsletter. Peter Lowen reported that obviously, a 4-page newsletter
would save significantly over 6 pages. The current 6-page newsletter
costs $226 for the 850 issues produced at a time. Plus another $58 to
the volunteers who fold and stuff the newsletter for mailing, and $100
for postage. We discussed the possibility of publishing the newsletter
quarterly instead of every other month, and perhaps increasing it from
6- to 8 pages on a quarterly basis. It was also suggested that we might
maintain an e-mail list for those who would like monthly updates to the
events calendar in between issues of the newsletter. Cyndie Browning
also expressed a concern that it should be made clear to current and new
members that the local chapter dues of $10/year are for membership, NOT
for receiving the newsletter, in the event some members choose to view
the newsletter on line in lieu of having a hard copy mailed to them.
If the newsletter goes quarterly, the proposed months for publication
are Sept-Nov, Dec-Feb, Mar-May, and June-Aug. . Bob Gard double-checked
the Bylaws to make sure they don't specify 6 issues/year, then made a
motion that the newsletter be published quarterly instead of every other
month, and Cyndie Browning seconded. The motion was passed, and it was
decided that the new quarterly newsletter will begin publication in Sept
2004. Peter Lowen will also add a notice in the newsletter about
accepting e-mail addresses from those members who would like to view the
newsletter on the internet rather than have a hard copy mailed to them.
Regarding Vision 2025, Bob Gard received a letter from the advisory
committee for the Arkansas River Corridor, offering to represent TAS
interests on the committee, and will reply accepting the offer. (Not
sure I got this right, Bob.)
Regarding last year's killing of thousands of Purple Martins, John
Kennington reported that he had contacted Dick Sherry who said the Fish
& Wildlife Dept. was still investigating the incident.
Tomye Mainer asked if TAS was going to support the Audubon Adventures
program in 2004, and it was unanimously agreed that we will and that
Tomye should go ahead and prepare a letter similar to the one she sent
out last year.
John Kennington reported that his brown bag lunch and eagle talk at the
Tulsa Garden Center last month was a great success; over 50 people came
and brought their lunches.
It's time to appoint a nominating committee for the 2004 elections.
Neelye Lowrie's name was suggested as a chairman for the committee, and
John Kennington agreed to contact Neelye and ask if he's willing to
serve in that capacity and to allow him to name his own committee.
Zink Island is getting awfully overgrown and needs to be cleared for the
Least Terns but it was decided not to work on that this year.
The matter of choosing a sales price for the Scissortail prints was
discussed, and Marcie Goad strongly urged having the print appraised to
get some idea of what it's worth. We also talked about the storage of
the prints, both of Eagles and Scissortails, and Tomye Mainer wondered
whether the club's insurance was sufficient to cover the prints if they
were accidently destroyed. John Kennington said he would ask Dick Sherry
to check into the cost of such insurance.
A Resource Management Conference will be held at the Garden Center on
February 26th, and Carol Eames will make a short presentation about
Bob Gard announced that Dave Edwards had been contacted by a city
councilman for Mannford, asking if TAS would like to have display space
in a new exhibit at the Visitors Center, near Keystone Lake. Possible
subjects for the exhibit would include butterflies or birds. Carol Eames
volunteered (with John Kennington's help) to look into the matter.
Bob Gard also mentioned that Linda Clark would like TAS to consider
selling bird Christmas cards as a fund-raising event. The matter was
discussed briefly, then it was decided to table any further discussion
until a later date.
The Fish & Wildlife Department is holding a regional meeting on March
5th to talk about how the emphasis of wildlife conservation is changing
to a habitat approach, rather than an emphasis on species.
There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting
was adjourned at 9:15 p.m. The next meeting will be on April 6, 2004, at
7:00 p.m., at the home of Marcie Goad, 6204 So. Fulton Circle, Tulsa.
Her phone number is 492-0460.
Minutes of the TAS
Board of Directors' Meeting
April 6, 2004
called the meeting to order at 7:11 p.m. Also present were: Carol
Eames, Bob Gard, Marcie Goad, Mary Jackson, Amy Lambert, Jo Loyd, Tomye
Mainer, Patty Moser, and Cyndie Browning. The minutes of the February
3rd meeting were unanimously approved as written.
No Treasurer's Report
Gardening for Life:
An intern at the Zoo is working on the indoor exhibit for the Oxley
Nature Center, and Carol Eames reported it's coming along nicely.
However, the outdoor area at Oxley hasn't been prepared yet. It was
suggested that we hit the area with Roundup so we can begin planting,
and soon. Carol reported that the garden tour is really coming along.
We have 5 gardens and 5 plant vendors. The dates are June 12-13, and
Carol said she'll need "lots" of volunteers---at least 30---to help
out. The signs pointing to the tour are being redone. Another
suggestion was to get a few hundred extra July-August newsletters
printed to hand out at the garden tour. Also, something about the tour
needs to be added to the TAS website. And Carol mentioned that she
needs help mailing postcard notices about the tour to previous
Center Exhibit: Carol Eames received a call from the man in charge of
the Community Center. He wasn't there when Carol visited the place and
she said it was very chaotic, disorganized, unfinished, and if that
weren't bad enough, the place is hard to find. The general concensus
was that we should _not_ follow up on the matter, especially as
preparing the exhibit would cost TAS money we just don't have to spend.
Development: Bob Gard reported the beginning of a Phase I Study of a
Development Plan for the Keystone Dam to the Wagoner County Line.
Community meetings are being held inviting input from the public. Bob
Gard has been named to the Steering and Advisory Committee to represent
Tulsa Audubon Society, and they intend to come up with a plan for
development. The Corps of Engineers will be testing water levels, soil
samples, etc., to determine where to build. In the next few weeks,
there will be an open meeting to discuss plans where the public can
attend and listen (altho' not necessarily contribute anything).
Judy Gard has an appointment to have the prints appraised.
Sherry will review our options on club liability insurance. Mary
Jackson said she has to pay the premium at the end of May so we need to
decide whether or not we're going to change insurance by then.
Committee: Carol Eames said she and Gail Storey were working together
on the Committee, and the members discussed possible candidates who
might be interested in serving as Directors.
Purple Martins: John
Kennington reported he had no "new" news about the Purple Martin
kill-off downtown last year but would follow up on it.
reported that he's adding a butterfly page to the TAS website with John
There being no
further business to come before the Directors, the meeting was
adjourned. The June meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June
1, 2004, at Jo Loyd's house, 6736 E. 28th Street, in Tulsa. Her phone
number is 835-2946.
Minutes of the
Board of Directors' Meeting
of Tulsa Audubon Society
June 1, 2004
called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. at Jo Loyd's house. Members
present were Martin Brown, Carol Eames, Bob Gard, John Kennington
(president), Mary Jackson (treasurer), Amy Lambert (recorder), Jo Loyd,
Tomye Mainer, and Cyndie Browning (secretary). Martin Brown, our most
recently elected director, was introduced to the group.
The minutes of the
April Directors' meeting were approved as written.
distributed copies of the most current Treasurer's Report and reported
that she's still waiting for the May bank statement. She also said she
hasn't received the insurance bill yet. John Kennington still needs to
send our current policy to Dick Sherry so he can review it and determine
whether or not we need more insurance or if we could pay less for it by
switching our coverage to another company.
reported that the club's P.O. box was closed temporarily because he kept
forgetting to stop by the post office and check the box. Cyndie
Browning volunteered to check the box from now on since she works right
Tomye Mainer is resigning as chairperson of this committee. If anyone's
interested in serving on the committee or knows of anyone who might be
interested, give those names to John Kennington. Martin Brown presented
some feedback on the Audubon Adventures from his daughter's school: he
said the teachers report that the material is very good and appropriate
to their lesson plans, but that they have a hard time getting some of
the materials needed to do the projects, like not having enough
magnifying glasses for each student to have his/her own.
Gardening at Home:
Carol Eames reported that everything's ready to go for the Garden Tour
on June 12-13. Tulsa World will provide publicity, 1700 postcards were
sent to previous attendees, and there are enough volunteers to work the
Tour on both days. Carol also showed us the T-shirts they'd ordered
that would be sold during the Tour.
The Oxley project:
Roundup has been applied to the space where our outdoor display will go;
however, they won't start planting now until the Fall. Lee Standing
Bear is designing the plan for free.
Vision 2025: Bob
Gard reported that the Advisory Committee on which he represents Tulsa
Audubon had another meeting and that the Committee seems to place a high
value on preserving habitat, that the so-called "Naturalist's View" has
been very well-received so far. The next big thing on their agenda is
the hydrology study to determine the impact of development on the River,
including proposed low-water dams.
Tomye Mainer asked
whether the Least Terns had returned yet, and Bob Gard replied that yes,
they're here as of last night.
Committee: Bob Gard presented a letter from the Fish & Wildlife
Department concerning the selective cutting of invasive hardwoods in the
McCurtain Wildlife Area. Apparently, some local residents found a law
that prohibits the cutting of wood so they're protesting the removal of
trees from the area. Bob talked to Senator Rabon about it; somehow,
something needs to be done to make cutting those trees legal.
Center: No one from the Community Center ever called back to Carol
Eames about a proposed display there so the Board decided to just the
project, at least, for now.
Flycatcher prints by Jack Miller: Bob Gard said his wife, Judy, took a
copy of the Scissor-tailed Flycatchers print to a friend of hers (who's
about to be certified as an art appraiser) who, after looking at it,
suggested the following:1. Get all the information about Jack Miller we
can get: events in his life after 1985, dates of birth and death,
places where his art was exhibited, important buyers, any awards he won,
etc.2. Exhibit a framed print for sale at some event or location.Judy's
friend proposed a price of $75-100 per print, but said getting that
price would require obtaining more background information about the
artist than we have so far.Bob Gard suggested that he thought he might
approach the owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Tulsa, to see if she was
interested in selling the print on consignment. If she is interested,
that also would give us a place to display a professionally framed print
where the public could see it and, hopefully, buy it. A motion on that
point was introduced and seconded, and unanimously approved.
Field Trip Funding:
Suzie Tramel's motion to give $25 to field trip leaders if the field
trip was more than 50 miles away from Tulsa was discussed at length.
Amy Lambert asked whether we would "lose people" who lead field trips if
we didn't compensate them, and the concensus of opinion was that we
would not. The matter did not come to a vote.
2004-5 Field Trips
and Programs: John Kennington announced that suggestions for programs
and field trips for the coming year are needed by July 1st since the new
flyer will go out with the next newsletter (Sept-Nov 2004).
Budget: Mary Jackson
passed out copies of a proposed budget for 2004-5 to be discussed at the
August meeting of the Board of Directors. Also, she announced that the
club's CD matured, and it was thereafter decided that she should
withdraw $2,000 and roll over the rest for another term.
Boy Scouts' Eagle
Projects: John Kennington gave $100 to an Eagle Scout who requested the
funds to pay for materials used to rebuild the bird blind at Oxley
Nature Center. The 2003-4 budget had set aside $100 for the president's
use so he just used that money without first consulting with the Board.
There was considerable discussion on this matter, and the concensus of
opinion was that in the future, all such requests for donations should
be brought to the Board for approval before writing any checks. Those
Eagle Scouts who don't plan far enough ahead to allow time for the Board
to vote on the matter, will have to wait until the next Board meeting.
There being no
further business to be brought before the Board, the meeting was
adjourned at about 8:30 p.m. The next meeting will be on Tuesday,
August 3rd, at 7:00 p.m., at Carol Eames' house, 7412 W. 38th Street,
phone number: 446-2720.
Minutes of the Meeting
of the Board of Directors of
Tulsa Audubon Society
August 3, 2004
Vice President Lynda
Fritts called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Carol
Eames in Tulsa. Also present were: Martin Brown, Carol Eames, Dave
Edwards, Bob Gard, Mary Jackson, Peter Lowen, Tomye Mainer, Amy Lambert,
Jo Loyd, Patty Moser, and Cyndie Browning. The minutes of the June 1st
Directorsâ€™ meeting were approved as written.
distributed copies of the Treasurer's Report for June. She was still
waiting for the July bank statement.
Tomye Mainer will not be coordinating the Audubon Adventures committee
this year. A discussion followed about the possibility of contacting
Tulsa Education Services in order to put a notice in the
Superintendent's Newsletter about the availability of Audubon Adventures
for any teachers who are interested.
Hospitality Committee has been dissolved.
Home/Gardening for Life: Carol Eames reported that this year's Garden
Tour cleared a profit of about $3800, and noted that part of that money
is earmarked for our 2 projects at Oxley Nature Center. Also, Carol
will be calling a meeting of volunteers in September to begin planning
next year's Garden Tour, which will be held on June 11-12, 2005.
Big Day/CBC: Jo Loyd
announced that the Tulsa Christmas Bird Count will be on Saturday,
December 18, 2004, and the 2005 Big Day will be on Saturday, May 7,
Gard attended a meeting of the Arkansas River Corridor Phase I committee
today. The "Arkansas River Corridor" encompanses the river from
Keystone Dam to the Tulsa County line (beyond Bixby). Bob reported that
as far as he can tell, the committee's efforts to protect wildlife along
the corridor are "so far, so good," and the committee is now moving
toward Phase II of the project. Bob brought along INCOG's Long Term
Plan report and offered it to anyone who's interested in reading it, and
also suggested that anyone interested in the report will find it on
INCOG's internet website.
Eagle Committee: The
2005 Eagle Days are set for Saturday, January 8, and Sunday, January 16.
Field Trips: Cyndie
Browning distributed copies of the proposed 2004-05 Field Trip
schedule. There was some discussion of arranging a trip to see the bats
in western Oklahoma next July, and Peter Lowen agreed to find out more
about arranging for such a trip. Also, Cyndie was asked to contact John
Fisher about a possible field trip into the Keystone Ancient Forest
Preserve next April or May to see the Scarlet Tanagers.
Fritts, Carol Eames, and John Kennington are still waiting to hear from
several people they've contacted about possible programs for the 2004-05
Miller/Flycatcher prints: Bob Gard passed around a draft of the
artist's biography and presented a framed print that will be displayed
at Wild Birds Unlimited. Susan Barnes at Wild Birds has agreed to sell
the prints unframed for $50.00, and also intends to donate the entire
proceeds of those sales to TAS. It was suggested and unanimously
approved that one of the prints will be given to Susan with many thanks
for her generosity to TAS. Now we need to arrange for publicity about
the prints and a press release announcing that the prints are available
for sale. Lynda Fritts suggested possibly framing one of the prints and
displaying it at Oxley Nature Center, which might generate additional
interest and sales.
Sherry recommended that we keep our insurance with Chubb, at least for
Budget: The proposed
Budget for 2004-05 was unanimously approved.
There being no
further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at
8:40 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 5, 2004, at
7:00 p.m., at the home of Patty and Paul Moser, 6305 So. 90th E. Ave.,
Tulsa, phone: 252-2824.
Minutes of the
the Board of Directors of
Tulsa Audubon Society
October 5, 2004
President John Kennington called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m. at
the home of Patty and Paul Moser in Tulsa. Also present were: Martin
Brown, Dave Edwards, Bob Gard, Mary Jackson, Tomye Mainer, Amy Lambert,
Jo Loyd, Patty Moser, and Cyndie Browning. The minutes of the August
3rd Directorsâ€™ meeting were approved as written.
John Kennington introduced a guest, Paul Sebesta, representing National
Mary Jackson distributed copies of the Treasurer's Report. She received
a check in July from National for TAS' share of 2004 membership fees.
It appears that National's contribution to local chapters will continue
for another year so that's good news. Mary also noted that the bird
seed sale netted a little less profit this year than last.
2005 Garden Tour: Jo Loyd suggested that we post signs at next year's
Garden Tour houses asking tour customers to let us know if they want to
be on our mailing list for next year's bird seed sale. Jo also reported
that plans for the 2005 Garden Tour are proceeding apace, and that the
committee would be looking at prospective houses for next year next
Conservation: Bob Gard reported that TAS had been invited to serve on a
committee for the Gilcrease Expressway Extension, and that Lynda Fritts
would be attending the next meeting of the committee on behalf of TAS.
Bob also reported that Tulsa County had removed some beaver dams in the
vicinity of the Osage Trail, and that he planned to call the County and
remind them that they're not supposed to "improve" the drainage out
The City has decided not to prosecute the Purple Martin matter because
the lab where the dead birds were sent did not have the facilities to
test for the poisons used to kill the birds.
The Jack Miller Scissortail print is on display at Wild Birds
Unlimited. Carol Eames prepared a press release about sale of the print
but has received no response so far. Cyndie Browning suggested sending
information about the availability of the print for sale to Dan Reinking,
and Jo Loyd suggested sending it to Rick Stuart, Editor of the OOS
newsletter. A question was raised as to whose name to give as a contact
person for more information about purchasing the print, and Cyndie
Browning offered that her e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org, could
be used for this purpose.
Status of Projects at Oxley Nature Center: John Kennington reported
that they're in the process of re-roofing the Visitors Center Building
at present so we don't want to put any plants in the ground around the
building until the new roof is on and finished.
The next Directors' meeting will occur on Tuesday, December 7, at 7:00
p.m., at the home of Martin Brown, 8934 So. 39th W. Avenue, Tulsa, phone
With no further business to come before the meeting, Paul Sebesta made a
brief presentation about the "Birds and Agriculture Program" which he is
directing from an office in Stillwater on behalf of the National Audubon
Society. The aim of the program is to promote environmentally friendly
farming practices which will contribute to wildlife conservation.
Secretary, Tulsa Audubon Society
Minutes of the
Board of Directors' Meeting
December 7, 2004
John Kennington called the meeting to order at 7:15pm at the home of
Martin Brown in Tulsa. Also present were: Martin Brown, Dave Edwards,
Mary Jackson, Tomye Mainer, Jo Loyd, and Cyndie Browning. The minutes
of the October 5th Directorsâ€™ meeting were approved as written.
John Kennington read a Conservation Committee report from Bob Gard in
Dave Edwards reported that the Tuesday Morning Birders had seen 5 eagles
at the Eagle property that morning, and that someone---Dave Edwards, Bob
Gard, Bob Germany, or John Fisher---visits the property every week to
keep an eye on the eagles, so if anyone ever wants to go out to the
property, just contact Dave to find out who's going and when. Dave also
that he'd hired someone to bush-hog the entrance to the property.
Jo Loyd reported that the CBC is ready to go, and that Patty and Paul
Moser are hosting the soup supper the night of the count.
Jack Miller, Jr. has donated the rest of the scissortail prints to TAS.
We talked about ways to advertise the availability of the prints, such
as placing an ad in the Oklahoma Today magazine and contacting the
editor of the OK Ornithological Society newsletter to put an ad in the
next issue of the OOS Scissortail.
Martin Brown suggested the possibility of having Scissortails
embroidered or silk screened on golf shirts for sale. We talked about
gathering 10-20 orders at a time before placing an order, so we wouldn't
have to buy the shirts up front in order to sell them. Everyone seemed
to think it was a good idea. Now all we have to do is select some
artwork and decide how we want to proceed from there.
Martin also suggested sponsoring several teachers to attend the OK
Association for Environmental Education's Environmental Expo, but after
some discussion, it was decided that since the Expo is in February, it
would be better to pursue such a sponsorship program next year, perhaps,
about the time the school year starts in August/September. And the
matter was shelved for the time being.
Mohawk Park: John Kennington announced that a follow-up meeting to the
town hall hearing will be held at 1:00pm Saturday at Oxley Nature Center
for anyone who's interested. It'll be a chance to talk about strategies
for opposing some of the City's plans for developing Mohawk. There
followed a lengthy discussion about the town hall meeting and options we
might look into to try to keep soccer fields, skate parts, dirt bikes,
etc., out of Mohawk.
There being no further business to come before the directors, the
meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 1,
2005, at 7:00, at the home of Tomye Mainer.