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Minutes of the 2010 Board of Directors Meetings


Minutes of the Board of Directors' Meeting of
Tulsa Audubon Society

January 5, 2010

The TAS Board of Directors meeting was called to order by President John Kennington. Members present were: Gail Storey, Kathy Tam, Mary Jackson, Gary Sifter, Martin Brown, Anita Mitchell and Jim Mitchell.

Minutes of the previous meeting

A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.

Motion carried.

Treasurers Report

The treasurer’s report was discussed. A motion was made and seconded to approve the treasurer’s report. Also discussed was the need to file an additional IRS form (990EZ) due to the amount of gross receipts received by TAS during 2009.

Oklahoma Audubon Council

Eric Beck’s employment has been confirmed by National. Collaborative funding applications have been sent to National and the Council is waiting for approval. The funding is to be used by Eric for the IBA project. Eric is working on an application for a grant from the Oklahoma Wildlife Dept. for use on IBA.

A Council meeting will be scheduled for January, (possibly Jan. 16) in OKC with location to be determined.

LPC Festival

John Kennington reported that the flyer for the LPC is ready for printing. Ads are in various birding magazines. The form is also on the OAC web site, and can be downloaded and printed. $3000 is to be received from the Woodward Tourism Dept. to help with costs of advertising.

Old Business:

1. Together Green

l. Together Green Portable Display – not yet ordered.

2. No action on the possible Pawhuska project.

3. Deep Fork - will be rescheduled.

4. Ray Harral, May 2.

5. Oxley Nature Center Bluebird Trail Construction, possibly Feb.

6. Fence marking for Lesser Prairie Chicken protection, April 18.

7. Garden Tour or Purple Martin Festival.

Together Green Volunteer

Additional T-Shirts need to be ordered. Also, other items to give to the Volunteers need to be considered. Most volunteers already have t-shirts.

2. Anniversary Event:

A notice was posted in the Scissortail for ideas and volunteers to work on this event.

New Business:

1.Mohawk Park Oil Drilling

Discussed article in paper. N/A

2. Birding Class at OSU

OLLI classes to be co-sponsored with Oxley. No dates set for this six week course. Possibly Feb 3 thru Mar 9, for 2 hours each Tuesday. Oxley will be contacted by John Kennington to discuss classes.

3. Eagle Days

Eagle Days on Sunday will be January 9.

4. Jenks Ornithology Class:

Jenks will be offering an Ornithology class next school year. They are in need of materials. (Binoculars, etc.).

5. Board Members

Some board members terms are expiring. Jim Mitchell will chair the nominating committee.

Next Board Meeting: February 2, 2010.

Anita Mitchell

Secretary


Minutes of the Board of Directors' Meeting of
Tulsa Audubon Society

February 2, 2010

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors/Tulsa Audubon was called to order by President John Kennington.  Members present were: Anita Mitchell, Gail Storey, Jim Mitchell, Mary Jackson, Jay Pruett, Kathy Tam, and Bob Germany. 

Minutes of the previous meeting were approved. 

Treasures report:  The treasurer reported that there will be no need for additional tax forms for this year.  However, additional forms will be needed for 2011.

The treasurer’s report was approved. 

Oklahoma Audubon Council:

      A meeting of the council will be held February 13, 2010 in Oklahoma City.

      LPC – Brochures will be distributed at the Nature Works Art Show. 

Nominating Committee:  Jim Mitchell has volunteered to chair this committee. Two       Board members and the secretary’s position need to be filled. 

Old Business:

    l. Post Office Box – The old box will be kept for at least six months while transitioning to the new box. The new box address is: P. O. Box 330140, Tulsa Okla. 74133.  The new address will be published in the next Scissortail. 

    2.  Together Green: 

          1.  Portable display not yet ordered. 2008/09

          2.  2010 – T-shirts have been ordered.

          3.  Oxley Nature Center Habitat Improvement Day – Feb 7.

          4.  Deep Fork NWR Habitat Improvement Day – Spring?

          5.  Ray Harral,  May 2

          6.  Fence Marking – LPC Protection April 18.

          7.  Garden Tour or Purple Martin Festival, Aug 15. 

    3.    TAS Anniversary Event:  A committee is being formed and ideas will be         discussed. 

    4.     Mohawk Park Oil Drilling – No position taken at this time.  Needs further discussion.   

    5.     Birding Class at OSU – Classes will be on Tuesdays from l-3 o’clock beginning Feb 9, at the Oxley Nature Center.  Kathy Tam will present a power-point program, Birding 101. 

    6.     Birding Venture Crew (BSA) No action taken. 

New Business:  

    1. Carol Eames and Marilyn Stewart would like TAS to co-sponsor a special speaker, Doug Tallamy, author of the book, “ Bringing Nature Home” for a speaking engagement in mid-august. A Motion was made and seconded to provide $500 toward the speaker fee for this event.  Motion carried. 

2. Gail Storey attended the affiliates meeting at the Garden Center. Any Audubon information or activities can be forwarded to the Center web site and the item will be sent out to affiliates or contact persons. 

3.  Jay Pruett advised that the Corp of Engineers will close the road across the dam at Optima Lake.  All facilities will be demolished.  

Next Board Meeting – March 2, 2010 

Anita Mitchell

Secretary 


Minutes of the Board of Directors' Meeting of
Tulsa Audubon Society

March 2, 2010

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Tulsa Audubon was called to order by Vice President, Gail Storey, due to the absence of President John Kennington.  Members present were: Jim Mitchell, Mary Jackson, Gary Sifter, Martin Brown, Anita Mitchell, Bob Germany and Jay Pruett. 

Minutes of the previous meeting were approved. 

The Treasurer’s report was approved. 

Old Business: 

Garden Tour:  Carol Eames will not be able to continue work on the garden tour this year.  Gail will contact her about the progress of the tour to see what needs to be done to continue with the tour planning. 

Anniversary Party:  Several members will try to meet in the near future to begin planning for this event. 

Trip Leader:   A leader for the Redbud Valley outing on March 27 needs a leader. 

Field trip:  The field trip on March 17 needs to be rescheduled. 

Together Green: 

1.  Volunteer Day grant applications are due the end of the month (March) for the year

       2011. 

2.  Fence Materials:  Jay Pruett talked to ODWC about possibly paying for fence       marking materials. Through the voluntary offset program for wind energy, about        $20,000 might be available for the Lesser Prairie Chicken Festivals fence marking       program.  Money for the program may also be available with a grant through the        Fish and Wildlife Service.  Luke Bell will be contacted. 

3.  Publicity:  Publicity reports can be sent on fence marking progress to National on         their e-mail site. Reports can also be sent to Together Green for promotional information. 

4.  Transportation for Festival:  Red River Transportation will provide transportation for   the LPC Festival:  There is no charge for the vans and no insurance needed. Two    fifteen passenger vans will be available for Saturday and Sunday with one van    available for Monday. Red River drivers must drive the vans and be paid $15 per hour when driving or on standby.  Two nights accommodations for drivers will  also need to be provided.  Red River requested recognition in any write up about the Festival. Cindy   Newman is the contact person. 

5.   Nominating Committee:  Jim Mitchell reported that the following people have

  agreed to accept nomination for the following positions on the TAS Board. 

        Directors:  Jay Pruett – to serve a second term.

                          Tod Humphries

                          Terry Mitchell

         Secretary:  Cheryl Kilpatrick 

Next Board Meeting April 6, 2010 

Anita Mitchell

Secretary


Minutes of the Board of Directors' Meeting of
Tulsa Audubon Society

April 6, 2010

The monthly meeting of the Board of Directors was called to order by President John Kennington. Members present: Anita Mitchell, Jim Mitchell, Martin Brown, Todd Humphries, Terry Mitchell, Gail Storey, Kathy Tam, Mary Jackson, and Bob Germany.

Minutes of the previous meeting were approved.

The treasurer’s report was reviewed. A motion was made and seconded to approve the treasurer’s report. Motion carried.

Oklahoma Audubon Council:

A report was given on the IBA telephone conference with National. Eric Beck’s activities were discussed. The Selman IBA is being reviewed for global status.

LPC Festival

Kelly Bostian, Tulsa World Reporter, will be visiting with Sue Selman and taking photos for an article he will write about the prairie chicken and the Festival.

Three new blinds have been purchased. OSU will pay for the blinds, but they will be stored by Tulsa Audubon. OSU has also agreed to pay the cost of the transportation (vans) at the Festival.

ODWC may reimburse Audubon for the fence marking materials. Written confirmation is needed.

Eric Beck is coordinating with landowners to participate in Partners for Fish and Wildlife Improvement Program. Partners will only pay for actual habitat improvement costs. Eric’s involvement is with landowners in IBA areas.

Scholarship: A motion was made and seconded to provide two youth scholarships for the LPC Festival. Motion carried.

Old Business:

Together Green:

Dates need to be confirmed for projects at Ray Harral and Deep Fork.

Garden Tour:

The Habitat Garden Tour will be held May 22 & 23, 2010. Five gardens are ready and a captain have been assigned to each garden. There will be a pre-tour for the garden volunteers on Friday night May 21. Kim Donner will have a book signing at one of the gardens. She will donate funds from the sale of the book to TAS. TAS will have an information table available with books, checklists, T-shirts, etc.

Display

The display has been purchased. Items to be placed on the display was discussed. Opportunities need to be found to display Audubon information.

Doug Tallamy

Mr. Tallamy, author of the book “Bringing Nature Home”, will speak at the Garden Center in August. Information will be posted on the TAS web-site.

75th Anniversary TAS

A committee will meet to discuss ideas and to get information needed to proceed with a party for this occasion.

Jenks Ornithology

An ornithology class will be available at Jenks high school for this fall. The class will be taught by Todd Humphries. Over 100 students have signed for this class.

Chapter Territory

A call from Randy Porter of Bartlesville was received. Since the Bartlesville Chapter has disbanded; they would like to donate money from their treasury to the Tulsa Chapter.

House Bill 2862

The bill will allow a nominal fee to be paid for use by nature enthusiast to utilize ODWC lands. Bill has passed the Legislature and will go to the governor for signature.

Board Members

New Board members and officers will be elected at the next general meeting of Tulsa Audubon on Tuesday April 20, 2010.

Next Board Meeting will be May 4, 2010.

Anita Mitchell, Secretary


Minutes of the Board of Directors' Meeting of
Tulsa Audubon Society

May 4, 2010

The monthly meeting of the Board of Directors was called to order by President John Kennington.  Members present:   Martin Brown, Gail Storey, Kathy Tam, Mary Jackson, Jim Mitchell Jay Pruett and Bob Germany.  Also attending was Todd Humphries. 

Minutes of the previous meeting were approved. 

The treasurer’s report was discussed. A motion was made and seconded to approve the treasurer’s report.  Motion carried. 

Oklahoma Audubon Council: 

      IBA:  Volunteers will meet on May 15 for fence marking in the Woodward area.  Opportunities for additional sources of funding for the program were reviewed.  It was recommended that the IBA Steering Committee meet in the near future and review program activity to date. 

Together Green: 

      The volunteer day at Ray Harrel Nature Center has been rescheduled for June 5. 

      There was no update regarding the proposed volunteer day at the Deep Fork Refuge . 

      Consideration was given for scheduling a volunteer day at Oxley Nature Center to perform maintenance on the Blue Bird trail. 

Other Business: 

      It was noted that the nest issue of the Newsletter should be mailed within the next two weeks. 

      The annual TAS picnic has been scheduled for June 6 to be held at Washington Irving Park. 

      The talk by Doug Tallamy is scheduled for August at the Garden Center.  Request for tickets has already started. 

      Plans for the annual Backyard Habitat Tour and Native Plant Sale are progressing on schedule.  Jan Curth is arranging volunteers to handle ticket sales at each participating home.  Carol Eames is acquiring the necessary fund used to make change during ticket sales. Various advertising ideas for the Tour were discussed.  The TAS display board will be placed at one of the homes. 

      Various alternatives for celebrating TAS’s 75th anniversary were presented to the Board by the 75th Anniversary Committee.  It was decided that an event, open to the public without charge, featuring a recognized speaker/entertainer would be held at a date in November.  Various speakers were discussed.  Alternative locations and associated costs were also reviewed by the Committee.  The Committee will return at a later Board meeting with specific recommendations regarding speaker, location, date and budgetary needs. 

Jim Mitchell

Acting  Secretary


Minutes of the Board of Directors' Meeting of
Tulsa Audubon Society

June 1, 2010

Members Present: John Kennington, President; Gail Storey, Vice President; Mary Jackson, Treasurer; Martin Brown; Bob Germany; Terry Mitchell; Todd Humphrey, Cheryl Kilpatrick, Secretary

The monthly meeting of the Tulsa Audubon Society Board of Directors was called to order by President John Kennington. Minutes of the May 4, 2010 meeting, prepared by acting Secretary Jim Mitchell, were approved. The treasurer’s report was discussed and approved.

Together Green Projects:

Two Together Green upcoming projects were discussed:

1. a work day at the Ray Harrel Nature Center in Broken Arrow scheduled for June 5 and

2. a fence marking event on ODWC property north of Sue Selman’s property in western OK on June 19.

Tulsa Audubon is completing its second grant with current Together Green projects.

Garden Tour:

The Backyard Habitat Garden Tour /Native Plant Sale was discussed. Report is that the earlier date (between May 1 and Memorial Day) was popular. That time frame will be continued for the tour next year. Six hundred twenty people attended the tour this year.

Committee Reports:

The field trip committee meeting has not yet been held. Report of that meeting will be included once the committee meets.

A program committee meeting is scheduled for June 29 at the home of Committee Chair, Gail Storey. That committee will report at the next board meeting.

TAS 75th Anniversary Celebration Committee: Board members agreed to have John Kennington contact Jim Stoltz to present a concert for the 75th anniversary celebration. Jim’s fee is $500 for a “free-to-the public” event and $600/day for school events. Jim recommends having an evening event for the concert rather than a Sunday afternoon event. The third weekend of November is the date being considered. Possible venues were discussed; more information regarding venues will be presented at the next board meeting.

Other Business:

Board members discussed disposition of the bench honoring Fred Pianalto that has been at Riverparks. Members voted to present the bench to Fred’s daughter, Peggy.

It was noted that TAS has a seat on the River Parks Advisory Committee although no one has been serving in that position recently. John Kennington will attempt to persuade the Committee to have some recognition for Fred’s work with the least terns at the pavilion where the bench formerly was positioned.

Facebook Page: Board members discussed the possibility of developing a Facebook page for assisting in recruiting volunteers and new members.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m. Next meeting will be July 6, 2010.

Respectfully submitted, Cheryl Kilpatrick, Secretary


Minutes of the Board of Directors' Meeting of
Tulsa Audubon Society

July 6, 2010

Members Present: John Kennington, President; Gail Storey, Vice President; Mary Jackson, Treasurer; Martin Brown; Terry Mitchell; Todd Humphrey, Jay Pruett, Cheryl Kilpatrick, Secretary

The monthly meeting of the Tulsa Audubon Society Board of Directors was called to order by President John Kennington.  Minutes of the June 1, 2010 meeting were approved as amended.

Board members approved the treasurer’s report.  The proposed budget for 2010/2011 was presented for consideration and will be finalized at the August board meeting.

Oklahoma Audubon Council

1.  IBA Report:  The grant period for this program ended in July although at least 1 of 2 additional events is being considered for September when the weather is more favorable for outdoor projects.  Eric Beck has been working to coordinate another fence marking project involving more local groups such as the Boy Scouts. Consideration of another 2-day fence-marking event has been considered but not yet scheduled.

To be able to continue with the IBA program, OAS and TAS will need to develop additional major funding sources.  

Possibilities for additional projects may include the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve and the Wichita Mountains.  The Nature Conservancy will coordinate with TAS to create press releases and announcements of IBA projects at the TGPP.

2.  LPC Festival:  No additional information regarding the festival was reported at this meeting.

OLD BUSINESS:


Together Green Projects:  Discussion of Together Green projects was tabled until the next board meeting.  The final report is due and will be completed by President, John Kennington.

Garden Tour:  No additional report regarding the garden tour was made this date.

Committee Reports:

The program committee met June 29 and is still finalizing speakers and topics for the 2010/2011 season.  Additional information will be reported at the August meeting.

The field trip committee will report on their meeting and proposed schedule at the August board meeting.  

TAS 75th Anniversary Celebration Committee:  Board members voted to ask Jim Stolz to provide the program for the anniversary celebration.  In addition, members voted to provide 3 school programs, including at least 1 program for a disadvantaged school in the northern part of the city.  Following the meeting, it was learned that Jim has liver cancer and will be unable to present.  Board members will consider alternatives at the August board meeting.

Monte Casino was discussed as a possible venue for the event.  Additional information regarding that possibility will be presented at the August board meeting.

Doug Tallamy Talk (August 19):  TAS will set up a display regarding our organization and also including information for the 75th anniversary.  As of today’s date, 103 reservations have been recorded.

Fred Pianalto Bench Update:  The bench from Riverparks was delivered to Peggy, Fred’s daughter.  President John Kennington provided Matt Myers, new Riverparks director, with ideas for ways that Fred’s work with the Riverparks and the least terns could be recognized.  There are no current plans to follow through with any of these suggestions.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.  Next meeting will be August 3, 2010 at 6 p.m. at McFarlin Library on the TU campus.

Respectfully submitted,
Cheryl Kilpatrick, Secretary

 

Minutes of the Board of Directors' Meeting of
Tulsa Audubon Society

August 3, 2010

Members Present: John Kennington, President; Gail Storey, Vice President; Mary Jackson, Treasurer, Martin Brown, Cheryl Kilpatrick, Secretary,  Bob Germany, Jim Mitchell, Co-Chair 75th anniversary committee, Terry Mitchell, Jay Pruett

The monthly meeting of the Tulsa Audubon Society Board of Directors was held at the University of Tulsa McFarlin Library Special Collections Room.  Board members elected to meet at the library in order to review archived Audubon Society materials that might be used for the 75th Anniversary Celebration.

The Board meeting was called to order by President John Kennington.  Minutes of the July 6, 2010 meeting were approved.  The July treasurer’s report was approved. The 2010/2011 budget was reviewed briefly. Board members agreed to review and finalize the budget at the September board meeting.

Oklahoma Audubon Council

Discussion of OAC business was tabled until the next board meeting to allow board members to review materials in the library’s archives and to focus on the 75th anniversary celebration. 

OLD BUSINESS:

1.  Program Committee:  The program committee has finalized the slate of 2010/2011 programs with the exception of the April meeting.  The program for that meeting will be determined before the next board meeting.

2.  Field Trip Committee:  There was no report from the field trip committee this meeting.

3.  Together Green:  Discussion of Together Green projects was tabled until next meeting, again to allow board members to focus on planning for the 75th anniversary celebration.

TAS 75th Anniversary Celebration Committee:  Board members discussed program alternatives for the 75th anniversary celebration since Jim Stolz is unable to follow through with the program due to a recent medical diagnosis.

Board members agreed to invite Brian Ellis, who portrays John James Audubon, to present the Saturday November 20 community program.  He will also be asked to provide programs in the schools. In addition to the Jenks school district, additional schools will be identified for presentations.  Board members wish to have at least 2 or 3 programs in schools that serve disadvantaged students. The event will be held in the Monte Casino Performing Arts Center.  Jim Mitchell will contact Brian Ellis to determine his availability to present the 75th anniversary program.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.  Next meeting will be October 5, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Zarrow Library 2224 W. 51st Street.

Respectfully submitted,

Cheryl Kilpatrick, Secretary


Minutes of the Board of Directors' Meeting of
Tulsa Audubon Society

August 31, 2010

Members Present: John Kennington, President; Gail Storey, Vice President; Mary Jackson, Treasurer, Martin Brown, Cheryl Kilpatrick, Secretary, Kathy Tam, Newsletter Editor, Bob Germany,  Anita Mitchell, Jim Mitchell, co-chairs 75th anniversary committee

The monthly meeting of the Tulsa Audubon Society Board of Directors was called to order by President John Kennington.  Minutes of the August 3, 2010 meeting were not submitted and will be reviewed at the October 5 board meeting.  The September board meeting was held August 31 rather than September 6 to accommodate scheduling for the 75th anniversary celebration discussion.

Board members approved the August, 2010 treasurer’s report.  In addition, the 2010/2011 budget was approved. Bob Germany moved for the budget approval; the motion was seconded by Martin Brown.

Oklahoma Audubon Council

Martin Brown presented a report of the Oklahoma Audubon Council 2010 Summer Meeting held August 21, 2010.

Issues discussed included: the Wildlife Conservation Passport, the Woodward Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival, and the Oklahoma Important Bird Area Program.

OAC agreed for TAS to present a proposal for $699 in collaborative funding to Audubon to benefit the Oklahoma Important Bird Areas program.  OAC members vote annually to determine the project that will receive these funds.

Complete minutes of the OAC August, 2010, meeting are attached. 

The next OAC meeting will be January 29, 2011 in Stillwater.

OLD BUSINESS:

1.  Program Committee:  The program committee has finalized the slate of 2010/2011 programs.  Board members reviewed the brochure to be submitted for publication.

2.  Field Trip Committee:  The field trip committee has finalized the slate of field trips scheduled for 2010/2011.  Board members also reviewed the field trips to be included in the published brochure.

3.  Together Green:  Board members conducted a brief discussion of finances and projects for the 2010/2011 Together Green Program.  Five projects and dates have been finalized for 2010/2011.  Those projects and dates are:

Project                                                                         Date

1.  Ray Harral Nature Center:  Native Plants, Bluebirds         November 6, 2010

2.  Oxley Nature Center Habitat Improvement:                   December 11, 2010

3.  Redbud Valley Habitat Improvement:                            February 12, 2011

4.  Lesser Prairie Chicken Protection Fence Marking             April 16 – 17, 2011

5.  Habitat Garden Tour                                                  May 21 -22, 2011

TAS 75th Anniversary Celebration Committee:  Board members discussed program alternatives for the 75th anniversary celebration since Jim Stolz is unable to follow through with the program due to a recent medical diagnosis.

Board members agreed to invite Brian Ellis, who portrays John James Audubon, to present the Saturday November 20 community program.  He will also be asked to provide programs in the schools. In addition to the Jenks school district, additional schools will be identified for presentations.  Board members wish to have at least 2 or 3 programs in schools that serve disadvantaged students. The event will be held in the Monte Casino Performing Arts Center.  Jim Mitchell will contact Brian Ellis to determine his availability to present the 75th anniversary program.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.  Next meeting will be October 5, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Zarrow Library 2224 W. 51st Street.

Respectfully submitted,

Cheryl Kilpatrick, Secretary


Minutes of the Board of Directors' Meeting of
Tulsa Audubon Society

October 5, 2010

Members Present: John Kennington, President; Gail Storey, Vice President; Mary Jackson, Treasurer, Martin Brown, Cheryl Kilpatrick, Secretary, Kathy McNulty, Newsletter Editor, Terry Mitchell, Todd Humphrey

The monthly meeting of the Tulsa Audubon Society Board of Directors was called to order by President John Kennington. Minutes of the August 3, 2010 and August 31, 2010 (re-scheduled September, 2010) meeting were approved.

Board members approved the September, 2010 treasurer’s report.

Oklahoma Audubon Council

Martin Brown presented a report of the Oklahoma Audubon Council 2010 Summer Meeting held August 21, 2010.

Issues discussed included: the Wildlife Conservation Passport, the Woodward Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival, and the Oklahoma Important Bird Area Program.

OAC agreed for TAS to present a proposal for $699 in collaborative funding to Audubon to benefit the Oklahoma Important Bird Areas program. OAC members vote annually to determine the project that will receive these funds.

Complete minutes of the OAC August, 2010, meeting are attached.

The next OAC meeting will be January 29, 2011 in Stillwater.

OLD BUSINESS:

1. Program Committee: The program committee has finalized the slate of 2010/2011 programs. Board members reviewed the brochure to be submitted for publication.

2. Field Trip Committee: The field trip committee has finalized the slate of field trips scheduled for 2010/2011. Board members also reviewed the field trips to be included in the published brochure.

3. Together Green: Board members conducted a brief discussion of finances and projects for the 2010/2011 Together Green Program. Five projects and dates have been finalized for 2010/2011. Those projects and dates are:

Project Date 1. Ray Harral Nature Center: Native Plants, Bluebirds November 6, 2010 2. Oxley Nature Center Habitat Improvement: December 11, 2010 3. Redbud Valley Habitat Improvement: February 12, 2011 4. Lesser Prairie Chicken Protection Fence Marking April 16 – 17, 2011 5. Habitat Garden Tour May 21 -22, 2011

4. TAS 75th Anniversary Celebration Committee:

Brian Ellis will be available for the 75th anniversary celebration.  The schedule thus far includes the following:

 

Saturday November 20, 2010           8 a.m. Birding with John James Audubon

                                                                      Oxley Nature Center

 

Saturday November 20, 2010         10–12 p.m. “Bird is the Word” Workshop

                                                                             Oxley Nature Center

 

Saturday  November 20, 2010          6:30 p.m.  Adventures with John James Audubon

                                                                      Monte Cassino auditorium

 

School Presentation Schedule (as of today’s meeting):

                                                                            

 

                                       Morning                                   Afternoon

 

Monday November 15           Riverfield Country Day School      Remington Elementary

 

Tuesday November 16          Jenks Freshman Academy          Jenks Freshman Academy

 

Wednesday November 17

 

Thursday November 18                                                     Cherokee Elementary

                                                                                    (grades 3-5_

 

Friday November 19               Carver Middle School               Monte Cassino

                                        (grades 6-7)                           (grades 4 – 5) 

New Business

TAS has the opportunity to present a screening of the documentary film “Ghost Bird,” about the ivory-billed woodpecker. A single screening is $150; multiple screenings are $295. Kathy McNulty moved that the Board make arrangements to offer the screening January 9, 2011 at the Hardesty Regional Library. Martin Brown seconded the motion. The motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m. Next meeting will be November 2, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Zarrow Library 2224 W. 51st Street.

Respectfully submitted, Cheryl Kilpatrick, Secretary


Minutes of the Board of Directors' Meeting of
Tulsa Audubon Society

November 2, 2010

Members Present: John Kennington, President; Gail Storey, Vice President; Mary Jackson, Treasurer, Martin Brown, Cheryl Kilpatrick, Secretary, Kathy McNulty, Newsletter Editor, Bob Germany

The monthly TAS Board Meeting November 2, 2010 focused primarily on finalizing plans for the November 20, 2010 75th Anniversary celebration event and the week’s programming for area schools.  Prior to discussion of the anniversary celebration, the following items were addressed.

Old Business:

1.  The October, 2010 Treasurer’s report was reviewed and approved.

2.  Together Green:    

Ray Harral Nature Center:  Native Plants, Bluebirds         November 6, 2010

John Kennington reported that a large number of volunteers have signed up for the event.  Several Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops are planning to participate. As of this meeting, the native plants that were to be planted are not available.  Kathy McNulty will check with Southwood Landscape to see if they have any native perennials they will donate or sell.  John will also determine what natives would be complementary to those planted at last year’s event.

3.  TAS 75th Anniversary Celebration Committee:

The schedule for the 75th anniversary celebration is as follows:

School Presentation Schedule:

Saturday November 20, 2010           8 a.m. Birding with John James Audubon

                                                                      Oxley Nature Center

 

Saturday November 20, 2010         10–12 p.m. “Bird is the Word” Workshop

                                                                             Oxley Nature Center

 

Saturday  November 20, 2010          6:30 p.m.  Adventures with John James Audubon

                                                                      Monte Cassino auditorium

 

School Presentation Schedule (as of today’s meeting):

                                                                            

 

                                       Morning                                   Afternoon

 

Monday November 15           Columbus Elementary                Remington Elementary

 

Tuesday November 16          Jenks Freshman Academy          Jenks Freshman Academy

 

Wednesday November 17      Riverfield Country Day School     Riverfield Country Day School

 

Thursday November 18        Mark Twain Elementary               Cherokee Elementary

                                                                                    (grades 3-5_

 

Friday November 19            Carver Middle School                  Monte Cassino

                                        (grades 6-7)                           (grades 4 – 5) 

 

Thursday November 18,  4 p.m.
           Bird Walk with John James Audubon at Oxley Nature Center

Saturday November 20,   8 a.m.
           Bird Walk with John James Audubon at Oxley Nature Center    

Saturday November 20, 10–12 p.m.
          “Bird is the Word”  Workshop at Oxley Nature Center  

Saturday November 20,  6:30 p.m. 
             Adventures with John  James Audubon Monte Cassino auditorium  

Jim Mitchell has worked on an article highlighting some of Tulsa Audubon Society’s programs and activities; a printed hand-out will be available for the program Saturday evening. In addition, a power point presentation of activities, projects, and programs over the years will be made by President John Kennington.

The Oklahoma Humanities Council has awarded a $1000 grant to help defray expenses for the program.

The Friends of Oxley group has also pledged a cash donation.

Riverfield Country Day School has donated $250.

Monte Cassino is donating the use of the auditorium for the event.

Quick Trip Corporation will donate 400 cookies for the event.

New Business:

Martin Brown and John Kennington presented the following motions.

1.  Board Member Sponsorship:  Martin Brown moved that TAS provide $500 toward sponsoring a TAS board member’s or potential board member’s attendance at the Audubon Society’s summer Leadership Camp at Hog Island, Maine.  The national Audubon Society provides $225 toward the cost of the camp when a local chapter matches or exceeds that amount.

Mary Jackson seconded the motion.

The motion carried.

2.  Youth Scholarship:  John Kennington moved that TAS provide $500 toward a scholarship for a summer youth birding camp.  The scholarship opportunity would be open to young TAS members or the relatives of TAS members who are involved in birding activities.  Selection of a scholarship winner would be based on an essay submission responding to a question such as “Why do you think birding is important?” “How does birding make you a better conservationist?”

Kathy McNulty seconded the motion.

The motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.  Next meeting will be December 7, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Zarrow Library 2224 W. 51st Street.

Respectfully submitted,

Cheryl Kilpatrick, Secretary


Minutes of the Board of Directors' Meeting of
Tulsa Audubon Society

December 7, 2010

Members Present: John Kennington, President; Gail Storey, Vice President; Mary Jackson, Treasurer, Martin Brown, Cheryl Kilpatrick, Secretary, Kathy McAnally, Newsletter Editor, Terry Mitchell, Todd Humphrey

The monthly meeting of the Tulsa Audubon Society Board of Directors was called to order by President John Kennington.  Minutes of the October 5, 2010 and November 2, 2010 meeting were approved.

Board members approved the November, 2010 treasurer’s report. 

OLD BUSINESS:

1.  75th Anniversary Celebration:  Board members expressed agreement that the 75th anniversary celebration activities were well-received in the schools.  A number of schools are interested in having Brian Ellis return next year; several private schools have expressed willingness to pay for a program. Board members will explore coordination of programs for schools that are able to pay and will also seek additional grant monies to be able to provide presentations in public schools, particularly in more underprivileged areas.

The one disappointment expressed with respect to the anniversary celebration was the relatively meager publicity provided by the Tulsa World, which board members felt contributed to a smaller turn-out for the Saturday evening presentation.  

Board Secretary will send thank you notes to the following individuals for their contributions to the week’s activities: 

            Kelly Bostian, Tulsa World

            Monica Bagwell, Channel 8

            Mandy Rodgers, Monte Cassino

            Vickie Proctor, kayak activity

            Jay Pruett, The Nature Conservancy

            Dick Sherry, Friends of Oxley Nature Center

            Jim and Anita Mitchell, providing lodging for Brian Ellis and general planning       and coordination of anniversary activities

2. Oklahoma Audubon Council /IBA:  The final payment to National is due, and no new monies are currently available for these programs.  The next OAC meeting is scheduled for January 29, 2011 in Stillwater.

3.  Together Green:  Board members conducted a brief discussion of finances and projects for the 2010/2011 Together Green Program.  Five projects and dates have been finalized for 2010/2011.  Those projects and dates are:

          Project                                                                  Date

1.  Ray Harral Nature Center:  Native Plants, Bluebirds         November 6, 2010

2.  Oxley Nature Center: Habitat Improvement                   December 11, 2010

3.  Redbud Valley:  Habitat Improvement                          February 12, 2011

4.  Lesser Prairie Chicken Protection: Fence Marking           April 16 – 17, 2011

5.  Habitat Garden Tour                                                 May 21 -22, 2011

4.  Youth and Leadership Scholarship Program:  The entry deadline for the youth scholarship program is December 15.  As of the meeting this date only one application had been received.  Two board members are interested in the leadership program although the timing of the leadership training camp may preclude one individual’s ability to attend.

NEW BUSINESS:

1. Documentary Screening:  Board members scheduled a screening of the documentary film “Ghost Bird,” depicting the search for the ivory-billed woodpecker.  The screening will occur Sunday, January 9, 2011 at the Hardesty Regional Library.  The film will be provided at no charge to the public.

2.  Deep Fork Kid’s CBC:  Gail Storey reported on the request by personnel at Deep Fork Wildlife Refuge to hold a bird count for kids at the Refuge on January 8.  Volunteers to assist with the count are being sought from the general membership.  TAS members will provide a demonstration on how to use binoculars as well as providing a short program on back yard bird feeding. 

3.  Prairie Chicken Festival:  April 15-21, 2011; Bill Thompson will be the keynote speaker.  His fee is $1500 plus travel.  Board President, John Kennington, Jim Mitchell, and Dwayne Elmore held a conference call to discuss details for the festival.  Information about the festival will appear in the March/April issue of Bird Watcher’s Digest.  The article will feature a painting by Julie Zickefoose, last year’s keynote speaker, as well as a written piece from one of last year’s participants. 

4.  Eagle Days:  Eagle days will be held at the eagle watch point beneath Keystone Dam on January 8 and 15.  Bob and Pam Edwards are coordinating this activity.

Meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.  Next meeting will be January 4, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the Zarrow Library 2224 W. 51st Street.

Respectfully submitted,

Cheryl Kilpatrick, Secretary

 

 
 

 

 

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