Present: Douglas Miller, Allison Vaughn, Jim Gast, Greg Leonard, Lottie Bushmann, Eric Wood, Nancy Bedan, John Besser, Bill Mees, Jean Neely, Eric Seaman.
President Jim Gast called the meeting to order at 6:08 p.m.
Jim corrected the confirmed price of a Motus tower from $4400 to $4000.
Nancy moved we approve the minutes with that correction; Jean seconded; the motion carries
Members of the Audit Committee will be Greg Leonard, Jean Leonatti and Eric Seaman
John moves we approve the appointment of Greg Leonard, Jean Leonatti and Eric Seaman to the Audit Committee; Lottie seconds; the motion carries
Brooke Widmar responded to Jim’s e-mail looking for a Conservation chair. She is the Director of Administrative Operations of the Missouri Prairie Foundation and the representative for the MPF on the Steering Committee of the Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative.
Allison moves to accept Brooke as incoming Conservation Chair; Nancy seconds; the motion carries.
Bill had a question about an apparent discrepancy in the prairie restoration fund amounts. Eric S. has noted the discrepancy and will issue a correction.
Bill reports that John and Roxie Campbell are planning a Wild Haven work day (date TBD) to remove invasives and clear trails; volunteers with chainsaws are being sought to remove downed trees that are blocking trails. Recently, Bill and David Neely shored up the sagging roof of the Wild Haven picnic shelter. We’re hoping that these improvements will encourage more visitation.
Nancy has composed a draft schedule of programming. Given the Unitarian Church is not hosting events until further notices, we’ll look at other options including outside and/or socially-distanced events, as well as online meetings or seminars.
Given the possibility of multiple, lengthy online presentations programs, CAS will pay for a Zoom account with an appropriate level of service.
Lottie reports that Songbird Station would like to partner on presentations again when it’s safe and appropriate to do so: possibly online programs for the library.
The Hog island Application has been finalized and will be made available to the teachers. Doug requested a copy of the scholarship information and application materials to post on the website
Allison is collecting content for the September Chat, including a story about the 3M wetlands area, submissions from frequent Facebook posters, and a remembrance of Brad Jacobs with news about the memorial Motus Tower that CAS is funding.
No meeting yet for the Field Trip committee to figure out a safe, feasible plan to resume programs. Ideas include: breaking up into smaller groups; more predictably scheduled outings; and designated trips for beginning birders.
Renewal reminders have gone out. We ended the 2019–2020 season at about 130 local members.
The annual field trip for Columbia second graders to CANS has been cancelled for the 2020–2021 school year, due to COVID-19.
The St. Louis and Kansas City Audubon chapters are participating in a program to raise awareness of the connection between artificial lighting and bird strikes. They have asked if we are participating. Jim thinks this sounds like a good project for incoming Conservation chair Brooke Widmer to look into.
At 7:18pm the meeting was adjourned.