by Joanna Reuter, editor
This issue of The Chat comes after the annual Columbia Audubon Society (CAS) Band with Nature program gave around 1,350 students an opportunity to be inspired about birds and nature; these 2nd graders are from 69 classrooms representing 19 schools. In this issue, the two Columbia teachers who attended Hog Island Audubon Camp tell their story; both expressed strong enthusiasm about the program and how the experience will help them teach about birds and nature. Programs such as Band with Nature and the Hog Island scholarship require volunteer time to coordinate and money to implement. Thus, the first announcement of the 2019 annual CoMoGives fundraising drive also occurs in this issue. Contributions of any size are welcome and appreciated. Donations are accepted beginning December 1, but pledges can be made now. CoMoGives focuses on financial support, but an organization such as CAS is also entirely reliant on volunteer efforts. Volunteering could be as simple as leading a field trip (you don’t have to be the one to identify all the birds) or contributing a note about an interesting bird or nature sighting to The Chat. It could be as involved as taking on the still-vacant role of Conservation Chair in a time when community action matters for the future of bird populations and climate. One way or another, the more involved CAS members are, the more we can achieve together in our community.
Official meeting minutes will be posted to the website after approval at each subsequent board meeting. Below are brief notes about some topics discussed on October 16, 2019. Please contact a board member with any questions.
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.
The Chat is published online on the first of every month from September through May. Submissions are welcome, including photographs, stories, and brief notes about bird or nature observations. Please contact News Editor Joanna Reuter with submissions, feedback, or suggestions for content. The submission deadline is the 25th of each month.