The new CAS website that we’ve been discussing since last winter is finally live. The website will continue to provide the same basic content (including essential information about the organization, such as board members and natural areas), but some helpful new features have been added. We encourage you to explore the site and its features, but here’s a quick rundown:
Three new CAS members and most of the board had a great time at the Rock Bridge State Park picnic shelter last Saturday playing with binoculars and spotting scopes and thumbing through different bird books. Then, as promised, they all went bird watching in the park. As a good president, I volunteered to babysit the equipment and cookies. I picked up John’s list of phone and computer apps and remembered seeing him using an iPad while birding. As many of you know, I don’t have a smart phone and don’t know how to use eBird. Well, I came home and got two free apps for my new iPad and spent the night looking at pictures of birds and playing their songs. So maybe the October CAS meeting will do the impossible and teach me to recognize bird calls. Keep letting us know what we can do to expand birding and nature for you. In November, you get to entertain by sharing your birding stories and photos with the membership at the traditional place and time (third Wednesday of the month, 7:00 at the UU Church). – by Laura Hillman
Official meeting minutes will be posted to the website after approval at each subsequent board meeting, and linked to here in the News & Notes post. Below is an unofficial summary of business discussed and conducted on October 18, 2017. Please note that the complete minutes archive page is not yet ready for the new website; please bear with us while we continue to move content over from the old website.
Summarized from the official announcement; read full event details online here.
11/4/2017: Celebrate the park’s 50th anniversary by enjoying music, learning about the park’s history and natural resources, meeting park founders and their family members, eating free food and participating in the 50th anniversary scavenger hunt. Tour Connor’s Cave, hike to Coyote Bluff for scenic views (0.5 mile) and go inside the Hickam Log Cabin. Two PowerPoint presentations will alternate: one on influential people in the park’s history and another on the special natural resources of the park and how they are doing. Reservations are not required for attending the event, but are required for the PowerPoint presentations and Coyote Bluff hikes due to limited space. Event times: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
For the February meeting, Eric Reuter will be leading a book discussion for anyone who wants to attend. The goal is to select a book that informs and challenges our thinking about birds, bird-watching, and/or broader issues in conservation. The event will curate a discussion that brings out several viewpoints so that we can learn from each other, with a shared book as a common starting point. If you’d like to suggest a book for us all to read (or reread), please contact Eric by the end of November. I hope to announce the book choice in the December newsletter so we all have several months to find and read it.
Carrying out our mission through education, conservation, and outreach takes a wide variety of resources, from the valued time of dedicated volunteers to the financial support of members and donors. We welcome and appreciate all participants and supporters of our work through their generous donations of time, money, or other resources.