The Board of Directors of the New York State Ornithological
Association, Inc. met at Nuthatch Hollow in Vestal on August 4, 2007. The
meeting was called to order at 9:37 a.m.
Present were Tim Baird, Brenda Best, John
Confer, Jane Graves, Gail Kirch, Andy Mason,
Bob Mauceli, Bill Ostrander, Carena Pooth, Bill Reeves, and Kathy
SUMMARY OF ACTION ITEMS:
- Approved June 2, 2007 Meeting minutes. (Item 1)
- Approved expenditure not to exceed $2,500 for scanning back issues
of The Kingbird. (Item 4h)
- Approved donation of $500 to Montezuma Muckrace in addition to team
sponsorship. (New Business)
1. MINUTES – Motion to accept the
minutes from the June 2, 2007 meeting was made by Jane Graves and seconded
by Carena Pooth. Approved unanimously.
2. PRESIDENT’S REPORT – Andy
Mason – No correspondence.
3. TREASURER’S REPORT – Bill
Reeves – Expenses are down because we’ve only paid for one
issue of The Kingbird. Rochester Birding Association has
been given the $1,000 loan toward the 2008 Annual Meeting.
4. COMMITTEE REPORTS
a) Nominating – Gail Kirch – Slate is
ready, and must be published in the July New York Birders.
b) Membership – Brenda Best – Three clubs
have not yet paid their 2007 dues (Staten Island Institute, T. Roosevelt
Sanctuary, and Rainbow Country Birders). We have 593 Annual
members and 54 Life members.
c) NYSARC – All reports are now electronic and in
pdf format. Jeanne Skelly will scan future records, and she
will produce a CD. New CD’s should be burned every year. Carena
advised the files could also be stored on the server. NYSARC
will hold its annual meeting on August 11 in Coxsackie.
d) Publications – Shai is still working with the
printer, and advises he is not pleased with the suggested smaller
size of The Kingbird. The new checklist is available.
e) Website – Carena Pooth – New items
have been put up, including articles on eBird.
f) Atlas – Andy for Valerie Freer – Kim will
be at the annual meeting with a report. Document should be
done by 8/31.
g) Finance – No report.
h) Archives –Phyllis Jones – Documents will
be sent to Cornell soon and will not include NYSARC papers. Andy
spoke to Kevin McGowan regarding back issues of The Kingbird. Kevin
will contact the Cornell librarian to house them. We will obtain
a price estimate for scannable pdf’s of The Kingbird from
the same company who did the NYSARC records. Bob Mauceli made
a motion to fund and proceed with this project with a cost not to
exceed $2,500. Jane Graves seconded. Approved unanimously.
i) Awards – Bill Ostrander – One Stoner nomination
has been received. President’s Award will be given this
j) Bylaws – Are term limits on officers needed? This
is a legal requirement for the office of president.
k) Conservation – John Confer – The draft
position on wind power was presented and discussed. The committee
has been asked to include the current legislative status and an appendix
of key literature sources. Jane offered to do the bibliography
search. This will be presented to the delegates in October
and should be sent to clubs, DEC, state legislators, local grassroots
organizations, and local governments. Andy has received a response
to the Freedom of Information request regarding cormorants, but no
data yet. A letter was sent in support of the protection efforts
underway for Hemlock and Canadice Lakes.
l) Auditing – New committee will be elected at
the annual meeting.
5. DEC – Andy for John Ozard – Gerry
Burkhardt has retired.
6. OLD BUSINESS
Whip-poor-will Monitoring – Matt Medler will have a summary
ready in August.
Proposal – Valerie and Carena presented a proposal to emphasize
our commitment to conservation. Conservation grants were discussed,
as well as planned giving. Bob Mauceli made a motion to use the
General Memorial Fund for conservation; seconded by Jane Graves. Continued
discussion led to the tabling of this motion so that input could be obtained
from the Finance Committee.
Annual Meetings – This year’s Annual Meeting will
be held October 5-7 in Batavia. There has been a change in the Friday
speaker. Rochester Birding Association advises they are working
and making progress for 2008. We still need a host for 2009.
7. NEW BUSINESS
Montezuma Muckrace – We are supporting a team again this
year. Brenda Best made a motion to donate an additional $100 as a sponsor
of the event. Bob Mauceli seconded. Carena Pooth made a motion
to donate $500 to the event and $100 for the team. Kathy Schneider
seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
Next Board meeting will be November 3.
Motion to adjourn was made by Bill Reeves and seconded by Jane Graves. Approved
unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 12:51 p.m.