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Loess Hills Audubon Meeting Minutes - 5-4-2017 - DPNC, Sioux City

Meeting called to order at 6:22 PM by President John Polifka

Board Members Present: Gerald Von Ehwegen, Anne Shaner, Donna Popp, Chuck Johnson, John and Sharon Polifka, Bill Zales, Rex Rundquist, Gary Heineman, Dawn Synder

Others Present: Jan Null, Bob and Phyllis Nickolson, Jerry Probst, Maria Rundquist

Secretary’s Report - Sharon: Minutes for the 4-6-2017 meeting were emailed to board members. There was a correction to the last board meeting minutes: Under Conservation, good nesting containers should be old paint cans, not coffee cans. Motion by Anne, seconded by Jan, to approve minutes.

President’s Report - John: The email from Joan Ramirez, a representative for Flipcause, was forwarded to board members. Flipcause is a technical support service for nonprofits to help with such activities as fundraising, membership sign up, social media, etc. Board members did not see a need for such a service. An email from Monica Scherer, Alaska Wilderness League, updating us on bills and legislation being introduced regarding Alaska, was also forwarded to board members. The Iowa Audubon newsletter was shared with board members at the meeting.

The floor will be open to nominations for the positions of Secretary and Treasurer at the general meeting. Sharon Polifka and Jeri Watkins are willing to serve for each board position, respectively.

Vice-President’s Report - Rex: Nothing new from the vice-president.

Treasurer‘s Report - Herman: No treasurer’s report available. Thank you, Herman, for acting as Treasurer this year.

Newsletter - Anne: Anne has a bill for $50.54 for postage and a ream of yellow paper.

Membership - Donna: Nothing new for membership.

Birdathon - Donna: Birdathon will be held on May 13th. A sign-up sheet will be passed around at the general meeting. The plan is to meet for lunch at the Singing Hills Culvers. During the Birdathon, participants will only be counting species, not the total number of birds. There will be a place on the sign-up sheet for pledges.

Publicity - Dawn: Paul Roisen’s presentation tonight was highlighted today in the Sioux City Journal. Dawn asked the board whether or not the Birdathon should be announced in the paper. Board members did not feel this was necessary.

Conservation - Bill: Bill and Dotty Zales attended the Iowa Invasive Weed Conference at Honey Creek by Lake Rathbun. Bill proposed a work afternoon at the Nature Center to cut down the bittersweet at the center. Dawn indicated that Tyler would be taking care of the bittersweet. Bill found a male grey fox alongside Highway 75 near Leeds and made a study skin of it. Question - has anyone seen grey foxes in the area? Dawn indicated that one had been seen about 25 years ago at the nature center.

Education/Naturalist - Jody: Jody was unable to attend.

Outing/Website - Jerry: Seven people attended the outing on April 22nd. 65 species were counted. The group had hoped to see the Eurasian Wigeon, which had been seen at the Owego Wetlands the preceding week, but were unable to locate it. The next Show and Go will be the annual Birdathon on May 13th. The summer outings will be on June 10th, July 8th, and August 19th. The website is up to date and the Bird of the Month is the Brown Thrasher.

Social Committee - Carol Nothing new from the social committee. Thanks to those who brought treats for the meeting.

Old Business: A check for $25 was sent to Alan Bartels to help with generating funds along with a request for a copy of his book.

New Business: Carol informed the group that there will be a bird count at DeSoto Bend this Saturday starting at 8 AM. Those participating will be able to bird in places where the public is not allowed. Jerry talked about the possibility of a program on turtle harvesting. Jan will recognize James Wesley Bailey at the general meeting. James Wesley Bailey passed away last October and is the son of James Ferlin Bailey.

The Board of Directors meeting was adjourned at 6:45 PM. Motion by Anne, seconded by Carol, to adjourn the meeting.Minutes from the General Meeting:

The General Meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by President John Polifka.

The following business was conducted:

Nominations were opened for the positions of Secretary and Treasurer. Sharon Polifka and Jeri Watkins were named for the positions of Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. Motion was made by Bob Livermore and seconded by Donna Popp to nominate Sharon Polifka as Secretary, and a motion was made by Bob and seconded by Randy Williams to nominate Jeri Watkins as Treasurer.

The following information was shared:

The next Show and Go outing will be the Birdathon on May 13th. Please contact Donna Popp or go to the LHAS website for more information on the Birdathon. The sign-up sheet was passed around the group. Jan Null recognized James Ferlin Bailey’s son, James Wesley Bailey, for his work with birds and owls (he was considered an expert on the endangered Black-capped Vireo). James Ferlin Bailey also talked about James’ life.

The general meeting was adjourned at 7:35 PM. Motion by Maria, seconded by Paul Roisen, to adjourn.

Paul Roisen was the presenter for the evening program. He shared Part 2 of his bird outing to Madagascar. 43 people were in attendance.

Submitted by Sharon Polifka, Seccretary

Loess Hills Audubon Meeting Minutes - 4-6-2017 - DPNC, Sioux City

Meeting called to order at 6:23 PM by President John Polifka

Board Members Present: Gerald Von Ehwegen, Anne Shaner, Donna Popp, Chuck Johnson, Herman Schultz, John and Sharon Polifka, Dotty and Bill Zales, Rex Rundquist, Bob Livermore

Others Present: Jan Null, Bob and Phyllis Nickolson, Jerry Probst

Secretary’s Report - Sharon: Minutes for the 3-2-2017 meeting were emailed to board members. Corrections were made to the minutes. Motion by Chuck, seconded by Dotty, to approve minutes.

President’s Report - John:

Fund the Trust Day is Tuesday, April 11th. Graham McGaffin with TNC will be attending this event. He will be leaving the ShopKo parking lot at 6:30 AM and returning at approximately 5 or 5:30 PM. Please let him know if you are interested in sharing a ride with him. You will need to register for this event at iowawaterandlandlegacy.org/take-action/join-us-capitol/ There will be round-table discussions with CEO’s of Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, and the National Wild Turkey Federation; discussions with craft brewers on importance of clean water; economic round table discussions; and meetings with legislators. Lunch will be provided.

John had a question about donations to LHPS and to Briar Cliff for Connie Mutel’s lecture on April 12th. The Board agreed that a donation of $250 will be made to LHPS. A donation of $100 has already been given to Briar Cliff for Connie’s lecture.

There was a discussion regarding Alan Bartels request for financial support for his new book, “What’s Going Down in Prairie Dog Town?”. Alan is president of the Friends of Gracie, a group involved with conservation, and a long time volunteer at Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary and Raptor Recovery. Bob made a motion, seconded by Dotty, that LHAS donate $25 towards the book in exchange for one copy of his book which would then be donated to the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. A check for $25 along with the request for a copy of the book will be sent to Mr. Bartels.

Board vacancies were discussed. There are two vacancies that need to be filled: Secretary and Treasurer. Also, Chuck indicated that he would like to have someone else be responsible for Birdathon. Sharon has agreed to continue on as secretary for the 2017-2018 year. Donna indicated that she would take over the responsibility for Birdathon. Herman would like the board to find a replacement for him. An announcement will be made at the general meeting concerning Board vacancies and the position of Vice-President/Program Chair. Rex’ position will end after next year. He would like to have his replacement work with him this coming year in setting up programs. John and Bob will work together to find replacements.

Vice-President’s Report - Rex: The program tonight will be presented by Ty Smedes. The May speaker will be Paul Roisen,. He will present Part 2 of his Madagascar trip. Rex also talked about the BBS request for Iowa volunteers to participate in a breeding bird survey. There are three vacancies for the following BBS routes (named after nearby towns): Neola in Pottawattamie County, Pierson in Woodbury and Plymouth Counties, and Washta in Cherokee and Woodbury Counties. Bob and Jerry Probst have participated in these surveys in the past and were able to explain what is involved in the survey. Bob, possibly Rob Towler, will volunteer for the Pierson route and John and Sharon will volunteer for the Washta route. Doug Harr, BBS coordinator, needs to be contacted in the next two weeks if interested. He can be reached at dnharr@gmail.com.

Treasurer‘s Report - Herman: Herman reported that the current checkbook balance is $5,793.

Newsletter - Anne: Articles for the May-August newsletter are due April 25th. Anne will send out a reminder.

Membership - Donna: Nothing new for membership. Donna indicated that she would take over the work on Birdathon. Thank you, Donna!

Publicity - Dawn: Dawn was unable to make the meeting but would like to remind everyone to let her know the details of Birdathon and any other items that need to be announced to the local media.

Conservation - Bill: Bill and Dotty participated in a bluebird survey while in New Mexico. No bluebirds were seen. Bill has cleaned out the bluebird houses on their property. Out of 100 boxes, 34 had bluebird nests, 24 had wren nests, 14 had tree

swallow nests, 19 were empty, 1 had a mouse nest, and 2 had wasp nests. Also, paint cans, etc. work just as well as bluebird boxes for nesting containers (maybe even better). Bill is hopeful (but doubtful) that there will be some progress with IWILL.

Education/Naturalist - Jody: Jody was unable to attend. She was at a conference in South Dakota.

Outing/Website - Jerry: Eighteen people attended the outing on March 18th in the Gavin‘s Point Dam area. 54 species were counted. A delicious lunch was served at Chuck and Donna’s place at noon. Thank you!

The next Show and Go will be on April 22nd. The group will meet at the NW corner of the parking lot at the Singing Hills Walmart in Sioux City at 7:30 AM. The website is up to date and the Bird of the Month is the Horned Grebe.

Social Committee - Carol Carol was unable to make the meeting. Jan, Jerry and Jeri Watkins provided treats for the evening and Dotty and Bill provided refreshment. Thanks for the treats/refreshment and happy birthday to Jan and Jerry. Also, thanks to everyone who helped clean up afterwards. Dotty read the thank you card from Jan Null and her family.

Past President - Bob: No news from past president. Bob will help with filling the Board vacancy.

Old Business: Connie Mutel’s talk is set for April 12th at 7 PM at Meis Auditorium at Briar Cliff University. She will also be speaking April 10th in the Morningside area and April 11th at the Unitarian Church on Jackson St. at 7:30 PM.

New Business: Some upcoming bird festivals: Lucas County Birding Festival (in conjunction with IOU) on May 5 to 7th. 11th Annual Chequamegon Bay Birding and Nature Festival in Ashland, Wisconsin on May 18th to 20th.

The Board of Directors meeting was adjourned at 7:10 PM. Motion by Anne, seconded by Dotty, to adjourn the meeting.Minutes from the General Meeting:

The General Meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by President John Polifka. :

The following information was presented:

Members were asked to sign the clipboard if they wanted to be on the email list.

A reminder was given about Connie Mutel’s talk at Briar Cliff University at 7 PM at Meir Auditorium on Wednesday, May 12th.

The Board is seeking a volunteer for the vacancy of Treasurer and would also like to have someone work with Rex next year in finding presenters for the programs. Please contact John Polifka or Bob Livermore if interested.

Bill provided information on IWILL. There will be another lobby day on April 11th. Contact Graham McGaffin if interested. There is a need to convince the legislators that Iowa needs to pass this amendment.

Anne shared information about Lamb Theatre’s presentation of “On Golden Pond” on Friday, May 5th at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds benefit the DPNC Summer Programming for Youth. Tickets can be ordered on-line or purchased at the DPNC.

According to Jerry, the next Show and Go outing will be on April 22nd. Please meet at 7:30 at the NW Corner of the parking lot at the Singing Hills Walmart in Sioux City.

The general meeting was adjourned at 7:40 PM. Motion by Anne, seconded by Donna, to adjourn.

Ty Smedes was the presenter for the evening program. He shared images and video from his trip to South Georgia Island, a 100 mile long mountainous island in the Atlantic Ocean, halfway between the tips of South America and Africa. 45 people were in attendance.

Submitted by Sharon Polifka, Seccretary

Loess Hills Audubon Meeting Minutes - 3-2-2017 - DPNC, Sioux City

 

Meeting called to order at 6:15 PM by President John Polifka

Board Members Present:  Gerald Von Ehwegen, Anne Shaner, Donna Popp, Chuck Johnson, Herman Schultz, John and Sharon Polifka, Carol Blair, Jody Moats

Others Present:  Jan Null.   Bob and Phyllis Nickolson and Bill Huser came later.

Secretary’s Report - Sharon:  Minutes for the 2-2-2017 meeting were emailed to board members. Corrections were made to the minutes.  Motion by Carol, seconded by Anne, to approve minutes.

President’s Report - John:  The current program chair, Rex Rundquist, would like assistance from board members in finding his replacement for 2017-18.  Three people have already agreed to present next year (Kevin Pape, Tyler Harms, and Steve Dinsmore).  Rex would be willing to work with his replacement in helping to set up the remaining programs.

Vice-President’s Report - Rex:  Rex was unable to attend the board meeting due to a family emergency but was able to attend the program.

Treasurer‘s Report - Herman:  Herman reported that the current checkbook balance is  $5,844.

Newsletter - Anne:  The March/April newsletter for 2017 has been sent out.

Membership - Donna:  The new membership procedure was nicely clarified in the March/April newsletter.  Thanks, Donna!

Publicity - Dawn:  Dawn was unable to make the meeting.  Dawn would like to thank LHAS for their concern and suggestions about birds being trapped in pipes or vents.  She spoke to all of the Woodbury County Conservation park employees regarding open vents on roofs.  There are not many pipes or vents in the parks and no problems have been reported regarding birds being trapped  but they agreed to put hardware cloth or screening over any that might be a problem.

Conservation - Bill:  No conservation report.  Bill and Dotty are in Las Cruces, NM.

Education/Naturalist - Jody:  The Facebook page is up and running.  Some of the information Jody has posted on Facebook includes meeting dates, outings, and information from the Bird Hot Line.  Contact Jody if you have some information to share.

Outing/Website - Jerry:  Nine people attended the outing on February 18th.  33 species were counted.  These species were recorded under the LHAS name for the Great Backyard Bird Count which was held from 2-17 to 2-20.  Jerry reported that the group had good sightings of Snow Geese and Lapland Longspurs, and saw 45 Bald Eagles at Blue Lake.  Jan reported that, according to her notes, the temperature was 6 degrees last year.  This year the temperature was 60 degrees.

            The next Show and Go will be on March 18th in Yankton.  The group will meet at the NW corner of the parking lot at the Singing Hills Walmart in Sioux City at 7:30 AM.  The outing will be at Yankton, SD and lunch will be at Chuck and Donna’s cabin.  For those driving directly to Yankton, please meet at the first parking lot at the north end of Lake Yankton at 9 AM.

            The website is up to date and the Bird of the Month is the Greater White-fronted Goose.

Social Committee - Carol   Carol asked if anyone knew where she could get some swamp milkweed seeds.  Anne suggested that she contact Dianne Blankenship.  Jody said that she might get some free seeds from Monarch Watch.

Audubon Adventures - Gary:  No new information on Audubon Adventures.

Past President - Bob:  Bob is birding in Arizona.

Old Business:  Connie Mutel’s talk is set for April 12th at 7 PM at Meis Auditorium at Briar Cliff University (the time was incorrect in the last minutes).  Posters were handed out to be distributed in the area.

New Business:  The Lucas County Birding Festival will be held in Chariton, Iowa from May 5th to the 7th.  The festival will include bird walks, field trips, children’s activities, educational speakers, the Iowa Ornithologists’s Union Spring Meeting, and a keynote speaker and banquet.  More information can be obtained at lucascountytourism.org.

 

The Board of Directors meeting was adjourned at 6:50 PM.  Motion by Anne, seconded by Carol, to adjourn the meeting.

 

Minutes from the General Meeting:

            The General Meeting was called to order at 7:30  PM by President John Polifka. 

Anyone who was interested in becoming a program chair for the 2017-18 year was asked to attend one of the remaining board meetings.  The current program chair, Rex Rundquist, would work with this person in finding presenters for the coming year’s programs.

            John indicated that those interested in the Loess Hills Prairie Seminar which will be held from June 2nd to the 4th should contact Andrea Porter at Monona County Conservation.  Her email address is mccbnat@mononacounty.org.

            Members were asked to sign the clipboard if they wanted to be on the email list. Brian Hazlett shared information about Connie Mutel’s presentation at Briar Cliff. Jerry talked about the Show and Go outing on March 18th in Yankton, SD.  The group will leave at 7:30 AM from the NW corner of the Singing Hills Walmart or from the N end of Lake Yankton at 9 AM.  The group will meet at Chuck and Donna’s cabin for lunch. 

            The general meeting was adjourned at 7:40 PM.

            Doug Harr, Director of Iowa Audubon, was the presenter for the evening program.  He talked about the Iowa Audubon organization and presented information on a new program, “Bird Friendly Iowa”.  Bird Friendly Iowa is a statewide bird habitat conservation and educational outreach program that was created in association with Trees Forever.  37 people were in attendance.

 

Submitted by Sharon Polifka, Seccretary

Loess Hills Audubon Meeting Minutes - 2-2-2017 - DPNC, Sioux City

Meeting called to order at 6:15 PM by President John Polifka

Board Members Present: Gerald Von Ehwegen, Anne Shaner, Donna Popp, Chuck Johnson, Herman Schultz, John and Sharon Polifka, Carol Blair, Bob Livermore, Rex Rundquist

Others Present: Bob and Phyllis Nickolson, Jan Null, Maria Rundquist, Brian Hazlett (came later)

Secretary’s Report - Sharon: Minutes for the 1-5-2017 meeting were emailed to board members. Motion by Donna, seconded by Carol, to approve minutes.

President’s Report - John: Responses to the questions from National were sent to Regional Director Bill Heck. Bill will incorporate the responses to the questions into his summary and discussion at the National Board Meeting which took place the week of January 23rd. Information was shared about the IA Invasive Species Conference which meets 3-28 & 29 in Moravia, IA (additional information can be found on the IISC website). The Iowa Audubon (which had an informative article on wood thrushes) and Mississippi Currents newsletters were passed around the group.

Vice-President’s Report - Rex: Rex shared information on the speakers for the remainder of this year and into next year. Doug Harr will be the March speaker. Doug gave Rex a list of six possible topics. The board chose to have Doug speak on Iowa Audubon and Bird Friendly Iowa. Ty Smedes’ presentation will be on South Georgia Island. A speaker for May has not been found yet but a possibility might be a speaker to talk about warblers. Kevin Pape will be the speaker for the September meeting. He will speak at DPNC about Stone Park and it’s history. Steve Dinsmore will be the October speaker. Steve has a variety of topics he can speak on at the meeting. Jerry suggested that shorebirds might be a possible topic. Other ideas for speakers/topics included a birder from Nevada who has done a program on Sax-Zim Bog and a talk on Iowa young birders by Tyler Harms.

Treasurer‘s Report - Herman: Herman reported that the current checkbook balance is $5,808. He has written a check to the IRS for $39 for a transaction fee.

Newsletter - Anne: Articles for the March/April newsletter are due by 2-21.

Membership - Donna: The newest “new” membership procedure (which will also be clarified in the next newsletter) is as follows: new members should send membership dues ($25) to Donna Popp who will complete a transmittal form to National (the entire $25 goes to LHAS), renewal dues ($20) should be sent to National (who keeps the entire $20). All checks should have the chapter identification number on them (H52).

Publicity - Dawn: Dawn was unable to make the meeting. With regards to storing the LHAS display, Bill has offered to store the display in their barn if DPNC needs the space. This information was shared with DPNC staff.

Conservation - Bill: No conservation report. Bill and Dotty are in Las Cruces, NM.

Education/Naturalist - Jody: Jody was unable to make the meeting.

Outing/Website - Jerry: The January outing was led by Paul Roisen. Nine people attended; seven in the AM and two in the PM. The next Show and Go will be on 2-18. The group will meet in the NW corner of the parking lot at the Singing Hills Walmart in Sioux City. The Great Backyard Bird Count runs from 2-17 to 2-20. Species counted on 2-18 will be recorded under the LHAS name for the backyard bird count. The website is up to date and the Bird of the Month is the Carolina Wren.

Social Committee - Carol Carol reports that enough people are signed up for treats through May.

Audubon Adventures - Gary: Gary was unable to attend the meeting.

Past President - Bob: See New Business

Old Business: Connie Mutel’s talk is set for April 12th at 6 PM at Briar Cliff. LHAS will contribute $100. Anne will contact Brian Hazlett to get this information in the newsletter.

New Business: Upcoming bird festivals include the Crane Fest (Kearney, NE) and the International Owl Festival (Houston, MN), both in March. Bob brought a brochure from the Teton Raptor Center about pipes on roofs, such as vent pipes, which are found to be death traps for birds. Birds see the pipes as a refuge, get caught in the pipe, and are unable to get back out. A survey done by Nevada Audubon of different pipes on buildings and in the ground found 879 dead birds, 113 dead reptiles, and 20 dead mammals in these pipes. A solution to this is to install a screen on these pipes. They are called Poo-Poo Screens and sell for $29.95 apiece (S/H included). As a chapter, should we encourage county conservation boards to consider buying these screens? Anne will talk to Dawn and Bob Nickolson will talk to Kevin Pape about this possibility.

The Board of Directors meeting was adjourned at 7:05 PM. Motion by Maria, seconded by Carol, to adjourn the meeting.Minutes from the General Meeting:

The General Meeting was called to order at 7:25 PM by President John Polifka. Members were asked to sign the clipboard if they wanted to be on the email list. Jerry Von Ehwegen made an announcement about the next outing. Bill Huser introduced Marla Greer and thanked her and her husband for their many contributions to birding, as well as restarting the bird club. General members were told that LHAS now has a Facebook page. Brian Hazlett gave out information on the next Galapagos Islands tour in January, 2018. The General Meeting was adjourned at 7:30 PM.

Paul Roisen was the presenter for the program titled “Madagascar: The 8th Continent”. Paul shared his experiences in Madagascar, where he lived when he was growing up, and talked about the land, habitat, people, birds, and other wildlife of Madagascar. 48 people were in attendance.

Submitted by Sharon Polifka, Seccretary

Loess Hills Audubon Meeting Minutes - 1-5-2017 - DPNC, Sioux City

Meeting called to order at 6:17 PM by President John Polifka

Board Members Present: Gerald Von Ehwegen, Anne Shaner, Donna Popp, Chuck Johnson, Herman Schultz, John and Sharon Polifka, Gary Heineman (came later), Jody Moats, Carol Blair

Others Present: Bob and Phyllis Nickolson, Jan Null

Secretary’s Report - Sharon: Minutes for the 11-3-16 meeting were emailed to board members. Minutes were approved.

President’s Report - John:

There was a short discussion regarding the responses to the three questions requested by National. Board members agreed that the answers submitted could be sent in under the president’s name.

The 2015-2016 Annual Report (which includes a Questionnaire and a Financial Report) was filed with Chapter Services.

John proposed changing the language of Article III by adding language that conforms to the position of Past President, which was created at the 10-6-16 general meeting (duties of the past president and term limit). This change in language in the by-laws was proposed in a motion by Donna and seconded by Carol. The motion to make the language in Article III include the Past President position carried.

Also proposed were changes in Articles II and XI involving the addition of “or electronically” (Article II-Meetings) and “or given electronically” (Article XI-Amendments). A motion was made by Donna, seconded by Jody, to propose adding this language, at the general meeting.

Vice-President’s Report - Rex: No vice-president’s report. Rex and Maria are in Costa Rica. John will introduce tonight’s speaker.

Treasurer‘s Report - Herman: Herman reported that the current checkbook balance is $5,481. He has written a check for $60 for the annual rent on the post office box.

Newsletter - Anne: The January/February newsletter has been sent out.

Membership - Donna: According to Donna, the dues to renew Audubon membership are $20. The dues can be sent directly to National. Members will have to keep track of their renewal dates as a renewal date is not indicated on the magazine. There was a question as to whether the National address is the same and about using a code when renewing in order for LHAS to get credit. Donna has this code. The dues can be sent in with one of the magazine inserts.

Publicity - Dawn: A Butterfly Gardening program will be presented by Rod Tondreau at 2 PM on Sunday, January 22nd in the Gleeson Room at the Wilbur Aalfs Library. This program is sponsored by the Loess Hills Wild Ones and is open to all who are interested in learning how to plan for a pollinator-friendly garden.

Conservation - Bill: No conservation report. Bill and Dotty are in Las Cruces, NM.

Education/Naturalist - Jody: The Facebook page is up and running. Jody will be posting such information as bird outings, bird of the month, etc.

Outing/Website - Jerry: The December outing was the Christmas Bird Count. The Westfield CBC was on 12/15 - 16 people attended, 51 species were counted. The Sioux City CBC was on 12/19 (date changed due to weather) - 15 people attended, 47 species were counted. The Yankton CBC was on 12/18 - 24 people attended, 72 species were counted. The Ida Grove CBC was also held on 12/18 - 7 people attended, 38 species were counted. Information from the Ponca CBC is not in yet.

The next Show and Go will be on 1/28. The group will meet in the parking lot of the Singing Hills Walmart in Sioux City.

The website will be up-to-date when Christmas bird count information is received from Jerry Probst.

Social Committee - Carol Carol reports that enough people are signed up for treats through May.

Audubon Adventures - Gary: No news at this time.

Past President: Bob was unable to attend the meeting but did come later.

Old Business: None

New Business: Jody showed board members a picture, taken on her iphone, of a young bull moose which has been seen in the Akron and Westfield areas.

The Board of Directors meeting was adjourned at 6:55 PM. Motion by Anne, seconded by Carol, to adjourn. Minutes from the General Meeting:

The General Meeting was called to order at 7:25 PM by President John Polifka. John talked to the general membership about the proposed additions regarding notification in Articles II and XI. A motion was made by Leesa McNeil, seconded by Ed Sibly, to waive the 15 day notice. A motion was made by Leesa, seconded by Dawn Snyder, to approve the additions to the articles. Information was shared on the Butterfly Gardening program. Members were told to contact Donna if they wanted to be on the email list. The General Meeting was adjourned at 7:30 PM.

Resource naturalist Tyler Flamming was the presenter for the program “Owls of Iowa”. Tyler brought three owls (a Barred Owl, an Eastern Screech Owl, and a Barn Owl) and provided interesting and entertaining information about these owls during the program. 83 people were in attendance.

Submitted by Sharon Polifka, Seccretary

Loess Hills Audubon Meeting Minutes - 12-1-2016 - DPNC, Sioux City

Meeting called to order at 6:15 PM by President John Polifka

Board Members Present: Gerald Von Ehwegen, Anne Shaner, Donna Popp, Chuck Johnson, Herman Schultz, Dotty and Bill Zales, Rex Rundquist, John and Sharon Polifka, Gary Heineman, Dawn Synder

Others Present: Bob and Phyllis Nicholson, Tucker Lutter (Tucker was also present at last month’s meeting), Jan Null, Jerry Probst, Maria Rundquist, Brian Hazlett

President’s Report - John:

John will send a reminder to board members before the next meeting regarding the responses to the three questions for National.

John reports difficulty with on-line access to the link on the website which has the annual report forms. A phone call and several emails has not been successful at solving this problem. John will continue to try to make contact with Chapter Services.

Secretary’s Report - Sharon: Minutes for the 11-3-16 meeting were emailed to board members. Motion by Donna, seconded by Dawn, to approve the minutes.

Vice-President’s Report - Rex: Rex reported that a speaker for May has not yet been found. He would like some ideas for the May speaker, as well as ideas for speakers for the coming year. One idea for the May meeting might involve a refresher course in bird identification.

Rex was contacted by Brian Hazlett, Center for Prairie Studies, about Connie Mutel’s visit to Sioux City in April. Brian asked if LHAS would consider being a “host”. This would involve some financial support. Brian indicated that $100 would be appreciated. Dotty made a motion, seconded by Dawn, that LHAS donate $100 to the Center for Prairie Studies.

Iowa Audubon has been participating in the Bird Friendly and Bird City Iowa program. The first place in Iowa participating is Cedar Falls-Waterloo. Students from Iowa State and University of Iowa are also involved as well as a variety of other Iowa agencies, such as the DNR and NCRS. Seven out of 22 criteria must be met to be be designated bird friendly city.

Treasurer‘s Report - Herman: Herman reported that the current checkbook balance is $7,704. He did not have information regarding total bird seed sales. Dotty’s records indicated $1,107 but this did not include some extra checks which came in later.

Newsletter - Anne: Newsletter articles for the January/February newsletter are due by 12-27. The Great Backyard Bird Count has been scheduled for 2-17 to 2-20.

Membership - Donna: Donna talked about Quad City’s membership process. Their membership application indicates that checks should be sent to them. The National Audubon membership fee is $20 but is sent to Quad City. Or, for $10, a person can join just the Quad City Audubon. Donna continues to look for clarification on memberhip procedures.

Publicity - Dawn: Dawn presented information on the Iowa Water and Land Legacy. It is important that the 2017 Iowa Legislature provides funding for the trust fund. To support the trust fund, state sales tax must be raised; 3/8th of one cent will go to the fund. IWILL and county boards have developed marketing tools. Dawn passed out a sheet entitled #FundTheTrust which explained what funding will accomplish, provide, and be focused on. Members were asked to sign postcards which will be sent to state representatives and senators. A picture was taken of the LHAS members holding a signed banner supporting the trust fund.

Conservation - Bill: Bill voiced his concerns about how trust fund money will be spent. He indicated that 2/3rds of the fund will go to solve agricultural problems.

Education/Naturalist - Jody: Jody was unable to attend due to schedule conflict.

Outing/Website - Jerry: 18 people attended the outing on November 5th. 61 species were sighted. Nine Avocets and an Ibis were sighted during this outing. The December outing will be the local Christmas Bird Counts. The website is up to date.

Christmas Bird Count (CBC) dates are as follows: Westfield - December 15th - meet at the Zales’ mailbox at 7:30 AM, bird until noon, enjoy chili from Anna and Dotty at the Zales for lunch, bird in the afternoon, then meet back at the Zales at 3:30 for dessert and compilation of results. Sioux City - December 17th Yankton and Ida Grove - December 18th, and Ponca - December 23rd.

Social Committee - Carol Carol was unable to attend due to schedule conflict. A thank you to the board members who helped with setting up for the treats and cleaning up afterwards.

Birdathon - Chuck: Next year’s Birdathon will be on May 14th.

Audubon Adventures - Gary: No news at this time.

Past President: Bob was unable to attend due to schedule conflict.

Old Business: None

New Business: A picture was passed around showing Bob and Phyllis on a “fishing date”. Jan thanked the board members for the flowers. Dawn reminded everyone about the Christmas activities at the DPNC on Saturday, 12-3, from 10 to 3.

The Board of Directors meeting was adjourned at 7:10 PM. Motion by Dotty, seconded by Jerry, to adjourn. Minutes from the General Meeting:

The general meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM. Bill Zales and Jerry Probst talked about the Westfield and the Sioux City Christmas Bird Count. A sign-up sheet for the Sioux City CBC was passed around at the meeting. A sign-up sheet for email addresses was also passed around. Dawn shared information about IWILL trust fund for conservation. Brian Hazlett showed pictures and talked about Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. His next trip to Ecuador/Galapogos will be in January, 2018.

The General Meeting was adjourned at 7:30 PM. Motion by Maria, seconded by Leesa McNeil, to adjourn. A member picture show, with Paul Roisen manning the computer, was then presented at the meeting. Presenters included Randy Williams, Jan Null, Maria and Rex Rundquist, Jerry Von Ehwegen, John Polifka, Tucker Lutter, and Paul Roisen. 30 people were in attendance.

Submitted by Sharon Polifka, Seccretary

Loess Hills Audubon Meeting Minutes - 11-3-2016 - DPNC, Sioux City

Meeting called to order at 6:20 PM by President John Polifka

Board Members Present: Gerald Von Ehwegen, Anne Shaner, Donna Popp, Chuck Johnson, Carol Blair, Herman Schultz, Dotty and Bill Zales, Rex Rundquist (came later) John and Sharon Polifka, Bob Livermore, Jody Moats

Others Present: Bob and Phyllis Nicholson

President’s Report - John:

Questions for National: The November 3rd Board meeting was set as a deadline for sending in responses to the three questions. The board decided to extend the timeline.

Letter to President Obama: John signed onto the national letter for LHAS. This letter asks President Obama to do all he can to protect the Arctic Refuge. The letter was signed by over 200 organizations representing 49 states. Email monica@Alaskawild.org to see what organizations signed the letter.

Secretary’s Report - Sharon: Minutes for the 10-6-16 meeting were emailed to board members on 10-7-16. Motion by Carol, seconded by Jody, to approve the minutes.

Vice-President’s Report - Rex: Anyone interested in the 2017 Avian Adventures in northern Minnesota (January 13-16th) should contact Matt Wetrich, Carroll County Conservation Naturalist, at 712/792-4614 or by emailing Matt at matt@carrollcountyiowa.org.

Treasurer‘s Report - Herman: Herman reported that the current checkbook balance is $6,452.00. Bird seed expenses include $1,056.96 for Bomgaars and $1,346.00 for the Feed Shed.

Newsletter - Anne: The November/December newsletter has been sent out.

Membership - Donna: Donna has received her 1st check as part of the new membership dues payment procedures. However, his membership does not expire until May, 2017. Donna might use this check to try out the new procedure if he does not want the check returned to him.

Publicity - Dawn: Dawn had planned to present information on the Iowa Water and Land Legacy but was unable to do so at this meeting due to a family obligation.

Conservation - Bill: No conservation news at this time.

Education/Naturalist - Jody: Christmas at the Homestead will be held Saturday, November 12th. Road construction did not seem to have an adverse affect on the number of people who visited Adams Homestead this summer. A $75,000 grant has been received for developing a playground for those of all abilities and is based on an eco-system involving cottonwoods. They will be selling benches constructed from cottonwood trees. Facebook project will be completed this winter.

Outing/Website - Jerry: 11 people attended the outing on October 15th. 68 species were sighted of which 15 of those species were sparrows. The next outing will be on November 5th. The group will meet in the parking lot of the Singing Hills Walmart in Sioux City and will be checking out the trail north of the campground at Synder’s Bend.

The website is up to date and Lycos system appears to be working.

Christmas Bird Count (CBC) dates are as follows: Westfield - December 15th - meet at the Zales’ mailbox at 8:00 AM, bird until noon, enjoy chili at the Zales for lunch, bird in the afternoon, then meet back at the Zales for dessert and reporting of results. Sioux City - December 17th Yankton and Ida Grove - December 18th, and Ponca - December 23rd.

Social Committee - Carol A list of email addresses was sent to Carol by Donna so that Carol could send out reminders for those bringing treats to meetings.

Birdathon - Chuck: Next year’s Birdathon will be on May 14th.

Bird Food Sales-Bill and Dotty: The bird seed distribution went well with 11 volunteers helping to distribute the seed. Some seed is still available for purchase. A concern is that bird seed sales had dropped ($300 less than last year) although donations had increased ($139 in donations this year with $132 in donations last year). The most seeds were purchased by DPNC, Candi Coffin, and Bob Livermore this year. Bob shared some ideas that might be used to promote future bird seed sales. These included running ads, sending bird seed forms to people in the community with bird feeders, selling bird seed at the mall, and delivering seed to members.

Audubon Adventures - Gary: No news at this time.

Old Business: None

New Business: None

The Board of Directors meeting was adjourned at 7:10 PM. Motion by Anne, seconded by John, to adjourn.Minutes from the General Meeting:

General meeting members were informed that those who had purchased bird seed could pick up their seed after the meeting. There was some extra seed for purchase. The clipboard was passed around for email addresses. Jerry shared information about the next bird outing and had the sign up sheet for anyone who wished to sign up for treats. There were some free 2017 bird calendars. Maria Rundquist talked about her book that was available for purchase.

The General Meeting was adjourned at 7:30 PM.

Rex introduced the speakers. The program, “Birds of Summer, 2016: Good Habitat is Key” was presented by Joe Jungers and Lee Schoenewe. 44 people attended the program.

Submitted by Sharon Polifka, Secretary.

Loess Hills Audubon Meeting Minutes - 10-6, 2016 - DPNC, Sioux City

Meeting called to order at 6:15 PM by President John Polifka

Board Members Present: Gerald Von Ehwegen, Anne Shaner, Donna Popp, Chuck Johnson, Carol Blair, Herman Schultz, Dotty and Bill Zales, Rex Rundquist, Gary Heineman, John and Sharon Polifka, Bob Livermore

Others Present: Bob and Phyllis Nicholson, Jan Null, Bill Huser

President’s Report - John: John asked if it was possible to project a timeline for sending in responses to the questions raised by Regional Director Bill Heck. These questions were:

(1) From a chapter perspective, what are the top three challenges with our current membership program?

(2) What are the top three things that you would want National to do (or not to do) to help drive membership to local chapters (i.e., to motivate members to become involved with their chapters?)

(3) What are three things National could do to motivate chapters to recruit and retain more National members. These could be financial or non-financial incentives.

(4) Assume that we will create three tiers of National membership (e.g., $20 level, $100 + level and $1000 +level). These are hypothetical levels that could be used to move the discussion forward. What major benefits should National offer at each of those different levels?

The November 3rd Board meeting was set as a deadline for sending in responses to the three questions. Donna has emailed her responses to the three questions to John but would like to make some changes before they are sent to National.

The status of the Past President Board position was discussed. It would entail a change in Article III of the by-laws and requires a vote of the majority of the general membership in order to pass. The consensus of the board was that John should present it to the general membership for a potential vote. The board agreed with Bob that this position would make for a smoother transition between presidents and provide assistance to the new president.

John shared information from an email that was forwarded from Bob about signing the organization onto a national letter addressed to President Obama. This letter asks President Obama to do all he can to protect the Arctic Refuge. 140 organizations have been asked to join in signing this letter. Motion by Rex, seconded by Anne, to approve signing our organization onto this letter. John will sign on for the organization.

A second email was forwarded from Bob from Ashley Peters of the MN Audubon about a Collaborative Funding Grant. The application period opened October 3rd and will end at 11:59 PM on November 15th. Collaborative funding grants are small grants available to certified Audubon chapters to support new or continuing conservation and outreach projects. The amount of funding available to Iowa is $807. Applications can be sent to audubonminnesota@audubon.org. John has a copy of the application form is anyone is interested.

Secretary’s Report - Sharon: Minutes for the 9-1-16 meeting were emailed to board members. Motion by Carol, seconded by Jerry, to approve the minutes.

Vice-President’s Report - Rex: The speakers for November will be Joe Jungers and Lee Schoenewe. No topic as of yet for their presentation. The speaker slot for May 4 is still open.

Treasurer‘s Report - Herman: Herman reported that the checkbook balance was $4,469.31. $54 was received from Gracie Wagoner for Birdathon.

Newsletter - Anne: Newsletter articles for November/December are due on October 25. She will send a reminder a week before articles are due.

Membership - Donna: Donna passed out copies of the September, 2016 membership list. There are 176 members on the list; however, some addresses on the list are incorrect (even after one member made numerous contacts to change his address), and current members names are missing. There is confusion about membership expiration dates (magazine labels do not show expiration date) and a question about whether or not members know that membership money comes to the local organization. Anne indicated that new membership procedures have been outlined in the newsletter and will appear in subsequent newsletters.

Publicity - Dawn: Dawn was unable to attend the meeting due to a conflicting obligation.

Conservation - Bill: The recent issue of the Nature Conservancy contains some very positive news (there is hope after all). And on a very positive note, congratulations to Bill and Dotty Zales for receiving the Outstanding Woodland Management Owner of the Year Award from the DNR. An outstanding accomplishment!

Education/Naturalist - Jody: Jody was unable to attend the meeting due to a conflicting obligation.

Outing/Website - Jerry: 15 people attended the outing on September 17th. 68 species were sighted. Paul Roisen led the outing. Jerry plans to participate at the next outing which will be October 15th. The group will meet in the parking lot of the Singing Hills Walmart in Sioux City and will be looking for sparrows.

The website is up to date. The October Bird of the Month is the LeConte’s Sparrow.

Social Committee - Carol : More people are needed to sign up to bring treats to the meetings. At least three people need to sign up for each month. Dotty and Sharon will bring treats to the November meeting. Thank you, Carol, for setting up, making coffee, and cleaning up.

Birdathon - Chuck: Next year’s Birdathon will be on May 14th.

Bird Food Sales-Bill and Dotty: Dotty present the bird seed sales report. At the time of the meeting, 21 people had ordered bird seed (27 orders came in last year). There were orders from some new people this year. Donna brought additional order forms for the general meeting. The seed will be coming in on November 3rd.

Audubon Adventures - Gary: No news at this time.

New Old Business: In the past, interesting or unusual bird sightings or bird-related accomplishments have been reported. Bill would like to see this practice continued. For example, Bill recently saw five to six bluebirds roosting together in a martin house. Also, Bev’s of the River has delicious smoked chicken pot pie J .

New Business: Rex will be talking to Brian Hazlett about cosponsoring a talk by Connie Mutel sometime next spring.

Rex indicated that he would like someone to take over his position next year. He is willing to assist this new person in getting started.

The Board of Directors meeting was adjourned at 6:55 PM. Minutes from the General Meeting:

General meeting members were told about sign up sheets for treats and emails and additional bird seed order forms. Jerry shared information about the next bird outing.

John explained about adding a position on the board for the Past President. The purpose of this postion is to serve as a mentor or consultant for the incoming president. Duties would include, but not be limited to, assisting other board members with their assignments, assisting the president with annual reports, the agenda and setting up events, providing continuity during the transition as well as a reliable source of information. The term would be for one year. A motion was made by Lisa McNeil and seconded by Bob, to waive the 15 day notice requirement. Maria Rundquist moved to add the position of Past President to the Board of Directors. The motion was seconded by Ed Sibley and subsequently passed.

The General Meeting was adjourned at 7:30 PM.

The program was presented by Diane Dumdey Marton, with technical assistance from William Marton, on Taiwan: Birds, Culture, and Much More. 33 people attended the program.

Submitted by Sharon Polifka, Secretary.

Loess Hills Audubon Meeting Minutes - September 1, 2016 - DPNC, Sioux City

Meeting called to order at 6:09 PM by President John Polifka

Board Members Present: Gerald Von Ehwegen, Anne Shaner, Donna Popp, Chuck Johnson, Carol Blair, Herman Schultz, Dotty and Bill Zales, Rex Rundquist, Gary Heineman, John and Sharon Polifka, Bob Livermore

Others Present: Bob and Phyllis Nicholson, Maria Rundquist, Jan Null

President’s Report - John: John shared the questions raised by Regional Director Bill Heck. These questions were:

(1) From a chapter perspective, what are the top three challenges with our current membership program?

(2) What are the top three things that you would want National to do (or not to do) to help drive membership to local chapters (i.e., to motivate members to become involved with their chapters?)

(3) What are three things National could do to motivate chapters to recruit and retain more National members. These could be financial or non-financial incentives.

(4) Assume that we will create three tiers of National membership (e.g., $20 level, $100 + level and $1000 +level). These are hypothetical levels that could be used to move the discussion forward. What major benefits should National offer at each of those different levels? John asked those present to email him their responses to these questions.

Two newsletters (Quad City Audubon and Iowa Audubon) and the Audubon Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 were passed around at the meeting.

John raised the possibility of putting meeting notices in the Weekender (a free weekly alternative newsletter). John will talk to Dawn.

John asked for some information on the annual report. Bob indicated that a notice for the report will be sent out well in advance and that John should look over previous annual reports.

Secretary’s Report - Sharon: Minutes for the 5-5-16 meeting and the 6-2-16 special meeting were read by board members. Motion by Anne, seconded by Dotty, to approve these minutes. Future meeting minutes will be distributed via email.

Vice-President’s Report - Rex: Rex updated the board members on the program schedule for this year. The speakers are as follows: October 6-Diane Marton; November 3-Lee Schoenewe and Joe Jungers; December 1-Holiday Member Slide Show; January 5-Tyler Flammang; Febuary 2-Paul Roisen; March 2-Doug Harr; April 6-Ty Smedes. The speaker slot for May 4 is still open.

Rex attended the IA Audubon Board Meeting on 7-17-16. Cerulean Warbler project is ongoing (Jon Stravers/Paul Skrade); spring IOU outing at Yellow River State Forest saw many Ceruleans. Pilot programs underway for Bird Friendly/Bird City Iowa. There is a new Gorsch Tract acquisiton near Chelsea as part of the Donovan Fund Iowa River Corridor projects. There is a Lucas County Bird Tourism project and the IOU Spring meeting will involve IOU, Iowa Audubon, and Iowa Heritage Foundation for Birding Festival (Chariton, IA, May 5-7, 2017). Iowa Audubon is currently looking for new funding sources; also switching from paper to “e-newsletter”. The Fall Iowa Audubon Board Meeting will be held on 10-30-16 in Boone.

Treasurer‘s Report - Herman: Herman reported that the checkbook balance was $4,869.31 ($4,249.31 plus $620.00 from the Birdathon). Motion by Maria, seconded by John, to pay the Woodbury County Conservation Board $225 for advertising. Motion by John, seconded by Anne, that we give a donation of $270 for use of the room at the Nature Center.

Newsletter - Anne: Newsletter has been sent out; also, Anne will be getting out information on the sale of bird seed (after hearing from Dotty). Anne also shared information on a poetry project sponsored by the Des Moines register to honor Iowa birds. The project began on September 1 with the American goldfinch. Visit www.Iowabirdofmouth for more information on this project.

Membership - Donna: Donna shared information from National about new membership procedures. National has indicated that, after September, they no longer want membership dues sent directly to them but instead, all membership dues are to be paid to the local chapter. At this time, we send our membership dues directly to National. It will be the local chapter’s responsibility to complete paperwork (for example, a report would have to be completed every time a check is received) and then a check for the dues would be sent from the local chapter to National. This will definitely make it harder and more work for the membership chair. Donna will keep us informed as to how this works out. It was requested that she print off a list of chapter members.

Publicity - Dawn: Dawn was unable to attend meeting. Her agenda items were given to John and addressed at the meeting.

Conservation - Bill: No conservation news at this time.

Education/Naturalist - Jody: Jody was unable to attend meeting.

Outing/Website - Jerry: The website is up to date. 13 people attended the outing on June 18th SE of Sioux City. 78 species were sighted. 16 people attended the outing on July 9th at Stone Park and Broken Kettle Grasslands. 60 species were sighted. 9 people attended the outing on August 6 east of Hubbard, NE and other areas (Sandhill Lake and Owego). 70 species were sighted. The next outing is on September 17. Jerry might not be able to fully participate due to some hip problems.

Social Committee - Carol : A sheet was passed around so that people could sign up to bring treats to the meetings. At least three people need to sign up for each month.

Birdathon - Chuck: The Birdathon raised $620 (way to go, Chuck!). 19 people participated in the Birdathon.

Bird Food Sales-Bill and Dotty: Dotty received the price list from Feed Shed; five days later she received a new price list. Some prices have gone up, some down, with the price for suet staying the same. She also checked with Bomgaars. Bomgaar’s price for bird seed is somewhat lower and in addition, will deliver free to the DPNC. Motion by Maria, seconded by Chuck, to go with Bomgaars, amended by Anne, seconded by Chuck, to give Dotty the option to check with Feed Shed to see if they will meet Bomgaar’s price and then to choose the best price for LHAS. Order forms need to be out in September.

Audubon Adventures - Gary: Gary was contacted by Bernice from Audubon Adventures wondering about our participation and purchase of kits. A few schools have been involved in the past but it has been hard to get together with the teachers and there is little spare time in the school day for using the kit due to a tight curriculum. The kit costs approximately $45 and has been funded through Birdathon in the past, according to Bob. Motion by Maria, seconded by Donna, about having Gary to check into this further to see what teachers are interested.

New Business: No new business.

Old Business: The computer has been purchased and is compatible with the system at DPNC. Thank you, Carol, for taking the time to do this.

Meeting adjourned at 6:45 PM.

The program was presented by Heather Sanders on her participation in the Earthwatch expedition involving research on the Flammulated Owls in Northern Utah.

36 people attended the program.

Submitted by Sharon Polifka

There are no meetings during the summer, so there are no minutes for June, July, and August. (There was a special meeting on June 2nd this year per minutes below).

Loess Hills Audubon Meeting Minutes - June 2, 2016 - DPNC, Sioux City

 

A special Board Meeting was called to order at 6:20 PM by President John Polifka

 

Present at Meeting:  Bob Livermore, Anne Shaner, Donna Popp, Chuck Johnson, Carol Blair, Herman Schultz, Dotty and Bill Zales, Rex Rundquist, Dawn Synder, Tyler Flammang, John and Sharon Polifka

 

Bob Livermore, past president, was contacted by Heather Sanders, of Ankeny, Iowa, on May 18.  She was inquiring about possible funding from our chapter to support her participation in an Earthwatch Ambassador program in Utah this summer to study the flammulated owl.  These owls are decreasing in number due to climate change and habitat loss.  Data collected during the program will provide a population count and a study of the habitat to find ways to promote their survival.  Heather’s emails regarding this program and her reason for requesting funds, as well as her resume, were forwarded to board members.  Copies of these emails will be kept with the board minutes.

 

Purpose:  The purpose of the meeting was to decide whether or not our chapter will contribute money towards Heather Sanders’ participation in the program, and if so, how much to contribute. 

 

Questions/Discussion:  Initially, there were concerns expressed, through email, about Heather’s references and the use of funds for a non-local project.  At the meeting, Bill explained that Earthwatch is a legitimate, educational program.  Anyone can participate, training is provided, and the data collected is used for research purposes.  Several board members have participated in Earthwatch programs and they expressed that it is a worthwhile organization to support. Anne indicated that there is money from the Birdathon that has not yet been used and wondered if this money could be used to support Heather’s participation in the program.

 

A motion was made by Bill, seconded by Chuck, that the chapter contribute $500 towards Heather’s participation in the program, provided that she would be willing to present a program on her experience.  All board members present were in agreement with the motion.

 

A check for $500 will be sent to Heather by Herman.  Heather will be asked to present her findings at 7:30 on Thursday, September 1 since Kevin Pape has now indicated that he will be unavailable to speak at that time.  Rex was unsure as to whether the lodge at Stone Park would be available so the potluck and presentation may need to be held at DPNC (Dawn will check on the availability of the room).

 

Program Updates:  Rex shared updated information regarding programs for the coming year.  Dotty Zales brother, Warren Morton, photographer and birder, is available to present a program on birds of Asia and/or Taiwan (?).  Carl Kurtz will team with Bill Zales and they will present a program on birds and prairie restoration, possibly in November.  Ty Smedes will present on South Georgia Island in April.  Paul Roisen will present sometime this winter (no definite date as of yet).

 

Meeting adjourned at 6:45 PM.

 

Submitted by Sharon Polifka

Loess Hills Audubon Meeting Minutes - May 5, 2016 - DPNC

Meeting called to order at 6:15 PM by President Bob Livermore

Present at Meeting: Bob Livermore, Gerald Von Ehwegen, Anne Shaner, Donna Popp, Chuck Johnson, Carol Blair, Herman Schultz, Dotty and Bill Zales, Jan Null, Brian Hazlett, Rex Rundquist, Bob and Phyllis Nickolson, Gary Heineman, John and Sharon Polifka

Secretary’s Report: Past meeting minutes were approved.

Nominations: Board members nominated - John Polifka, President; Rex Rundquist, Vice-President; Sharon Polifka, Secretary; Herman Schultz, Treasurer.

Computer Purchase: Committee member Carol Blair presented information on computers. Motion by Bob, seconded by Dotty, to purchase a computer. Motion amended giving Carol permission to spend up to $500 on the computer and to make the purchase. Approved unanimously. Board members did not yet decide where the computer should be kept.

Izzak Walton League Convention: IW members showed interest in the LHAS booth, especially the paint can blue bird houses. Thanks to all who helped gather and supply information, material, and pictures and a special thanks to Bill and Dotty for updating the panels. A picture of the updated panels will be kept with the board minutes.

Vice-President-Rex: Program schedule for next year: 9-1, 10-6, 11-3, 12-1, 1-5, 2-2, 3-2, 4-6, 5-4.

Programs:

September 1-Potluck at Stone Lodge at 6 PM. Kevin Pape will present update on the park shortly thereafter.

October 6-Doug Harr from Iowa Audubon.

March or April-Ty Smedes will present on South Georgia Island.

Also, a verbal committment from Paul Roisen to present on either Ecuador or Madagascar.

Continued discussion on bringing in a high-profile speaker, such as Scott Weidensaul, through partnering with another organization, possibly IOU.

Dr. Hazlett indicated that Prairie Studies can provide the facility but no funding.

Iowa Audubon needs reimbursement for providing “Let’s Go Birding” booklets. Motion by Anne, seconded by Dotty, for payment of booklets.

Secretary - Maria: Thank you for your service over the years.

Treasurer- Herman: Herman reported that the checkbook balance was $5109.00. Anne submitted a bill for $41.95 for newsletter expenses.

Newsletter - Anne: Newsletter has been sent out.

Membership - Donna: Board members decided not to name new members in newsletter.

Conservation - Bill: Bill shared with board members information and a picture about Lomantium foeniculaceusm, a plant similar to fennel or parsley with a strong celery flavor. This plant is more commonly found in the west but has been found in several places in Iowa, such as Harrison County and Oak Grove Park in Hawarden, Iowa.

Bill has made 12 blue bird houses. He proposed developing a blue bird trail, possibly in Owego Wetland but would need approval to place the bird houses at Owego.

Education/Naturalist - Jody: Jody unable to attend meeting. FaceBook will be up and running by the end of this May. Those wishing to post information on FaceBook should send their information to Jody.

Outing/Website - Jerry: 14 people, plus one newcomer from South Sioux, attended the outing at Oxbows, south of Sioux City. The next outings will be on 6-18, 7-9, and 8-6. The website is up to date.

Social Committee - Carol: Bob suggested that the board members think about bringing more home-made treats for the programs (maybe three people bringing treats instead of just two people) since more people have been coming to the programs.

Birdathon - Chuck: The Birdathon will be held on May 14th. Chuck talked about the Birdathon and made available a bird list of the area that Birdathon participants could use when birding. A sign-up sheet was passed around during the program for participants to sign up and make a pledge.

Old Business: Bill discussed the possibility of putting the Siouxland Bird Guide on the website, as well as reprinting the guide as is, or updating the guide with new pictures. Brent Olson, Loess Hills Alliance, indicated that there is money to do this and can recommend a printer. Dotty suggested that a committee be formed, possibly consisting of the original developers, to work on updating the bird guide.

Jerry shared information about a possible 120 acre addition to Curtin Timber in Woodbury County south of Anthon. He received an email from Rick Schneider requesting that someone walk the area and come up with a list of plants/bird species to help with obtaining the grant. Carol requested that Jerry email a map of the area since it was unclear as to how the area could be accessed.

At the public meeting, we voted on the nominated officers for next year - John Polifka for President, Rex Rundquist continuing as Vice- President, Sharon Polifka for Secretary, and Herman Schultz continuing as Treasurer. A unanimous vote was cast for the nominated officers. The remaining board members were appointed by the president.

New Business: Dianne Blankenship, LHPS, and Erin Griffin, INH Foundation, thanked the Loess Hills Audubon for donations to their organizations.

Dotty shared information about the River, Wings, and Sky Exhibit at the Sioux City Art Center. This exhibit is a combination of mosaics and poetry and will be at the Art Center until July 10th. There is a free reception and presentation on Saturday, May 21st, from 1 to 3 PM.

A burrowing owl has been sighted on a farmer’s property. He is living in an old badger hole. Carol has directions to the property if anyone is interested in checking out the owl.

Meeting adjourned at 7:22 PM.

The program was presented by Bob Livermore on his travels to Costa Rica.

Submitted by Sharon Polifka for Maria Rundquist

Loess Hills Audubon Meeting Minutes, April 7, 2016

 

Members present:

Jerry Von Ehwegen, Anne Shaner, Donna Popp, Chuck Johnson, Carol Blair, Herman Schultz, Dotty Zales, Bill Zales, Bob & Phyllis Nickolson, Jan Null, Brian Hazlett, Jerry Probst, Rex & Maria Rundquist, Gary Heineman, Dawn Snyder, Sharon & John Polifka.

Called to order at 6:20PM

March 3, 2016 minutes review was tabled until next meeting (Jerry V. will send them out).

President Bob: Welcomed new candidates: LHAS President, John Polifka and LHAS Secretary, Sharon Polifka.

The candidate’s slate will be presented and voted on at the May 2016 general meeting.

Request for donation to Loess Hills Prairie Seminar for the amount of $250.00. -  Moved, Anne Shaner. Seconded, Dotty Zales. Approved unanimously.

Purchase of Computer -  Suggestion was made for a committee to investigate/research with a budget amount of $400-$500. Committee members suggested included: Carol, Dawn, Tyler, and Paul. Committee will do the research and will present options next meeting to the board. (Bob will contact Paul).

Izaak Walton League Convention - Schleswig, Iowa on April 29, 30 - Bill and Dotty Zales will update the LHAS display to be used by the Polifkas on Friday and the Zales will “man the table” on Saturday.

DVD’s of the Messenger. - The group decided to put a blurb in the newsletter. (LHAS would receive $2 dollar for each DVD sold) Anne will do the write up.

 

Vice President – Rex Programs: April, Larry Stone; May, Bob Livermore on Costa Rica; September Potluck - Will contact Kevin Pape. October - Doug Harr from Iowa Audubon. Discussion on future programs included bringing a “high profile” speaker, perhaps through partnering with BCU (Dr. Hazlett) Prairie Studies; other possibilities for the coming year include: Ty Smedes, Paul Roisen, (Ecuador & Madagascar); Tucker Lutter, Todd VonEhwegen.

 

Secretary. - No report. Sharon will take minutes in May (Maria out-town)

 

Treasurer – Herman - Checking balance of $5341.00  income from National Audubon $572.00. Expenses for 2 speakers $150.00.

 

Newsletter – Anne - April 19 is the dateline

 

Membership - Donna. - No report

 

Conservation - Bill Zales. - Bill & Bob went to Pisgah. Attended the Bird Conservation area ceremony.

 

Education/Naturalist - Jody is ready to launch the Facebook page in May 2016. Send items of interest to Jody.

 

Outing/Website - Jerry V. Last outing 27 people attended 54 species & lunch at Donna and Chuck’s cabin. Next Outing April 16, 2016 at 7:30AM. Meet at the Wal-Mart on Singing Hills Blvd.

 

Birdseed - Dotty will look for Feed Shed discount. Will talk to owner. Research other places with discounts.

 

Publicity - Dawn - Prairie Seminar poster available now, and will be announced tonight.

 

Social Committee - Carol - No report.

 

Iowa Audubon – Rex – Board approved grants to several conservation groups; Let’s Go Birding booklets have been redone and are available to order.

 

New Business: None

 

Other: Nebraska Ornithology Union conferences is in Kimball, NE, May 20-22, 2016. IOU Spring Meeting is in Ames on May 13-15, 2016.

 

Attendance for the program was 51.

 

Adjourn at 7:25PM

Loess Hills Audubon Meeting Minutes      March 3, 2016

 

Members present (18):  Bob Livermore, Jerry Von Ehwegen, Ann Shaner, Chuck Johnson, Donna Popp, Carol Blair, Herman Schultz, Bob & Phyllis Nickolson, Maria & Rex Rundquist, Brian Hazlett, Dottie & Bill Zales,  Gary Heineman, Helen Greenhalgh, Jody Moats, and Jan Null. The meeting was called to order at 6:20 PM by President Bob Livermore.

 

Secretary’ Report:  February minutes were approved.

 

Treasurer’s Report:  Current balance is $ 5383.00

 

President Bob: 

Discussed LHAS having a Facebook page.  After discussion it was decided that Jody

Moats and possibly Dawn Snyder could manage the page.  Some items it could include are the following:  Hotline bird sightings from Bill Huser; website information; meeting notifications;  and other related items.  Perhaps the website could state, “Check out our Facebook page!”

 

Discussed the idea of having one notable or national speaker a year.  The possibility might be Thomas Menglesen and Paul Johnsgard , nationally known author as a possible book signing.  Ty Smedes who is a friend of LHAS knows him and we would have an internal request for them to speak at one of our meetings.  The group was all in favor of going ahead with this idea.

 

Discussed and decided to ask Paul Roisen to look into purchasing a laptop computer for our LHAS.  We would like Paul to list what we need on a computer to be compatible with DPNC and to do what we need it to do.

 

Nomination committee has been working hard and calling many to get officers.  They have all but the president and secretary with a possible person for each.  Thanks for all their efforts.

 

Chickadee check-off on tax retrurns .

 

Angel Wallace from Sioux City Parks and Recreation spoke to us about the grant that was awarded the city for tree assessment.  They need volunteers who will do 40 hours of training to identify, how to care for, and how to inventory the public trees in Sioux City.  Training starts on March 17.   It was requested that she check out the trees that are being planted in the prairie area of Bacon Creek also.

 

Vice-President Rex:  Programs:   Rex reported on the scheduled programs. 

April—Larry Stone on Gladys Black, Iowa Bird Woman

May -  Bob Livermore on Costa Rica

September - Potluck

October- Possibly Doug Haar

November and other months possibilities: Paul Roisen on Ecuador or Madagascar, Tucker Lutter

 

Committee Reports:  

Newsletter:  No Report; We have our newsletter.

 

Membership:  -- Donna will announce at the meeting that she would like emails from any possible members.

 

Conservation: Bill Zales told us that he and Dottie, Maria and Rex Rundquist traveled to Des Moines today to talk to our Iowa governing body about Water & Land Legacy Act.  There were lots of people from several groups there, but our legislators were not really listening.  He said it will be an uphill battle.

 

Iowa Audubon: Rex will be going to the Iowa Audubon meeting; he is going to get 50 warbler flyers.

 

Education/Naturalist – Jody Moats snake problem has been solved. There is a Great Horned Owl’s nest on I-29 between the Dunes and the N.S.C. exit on the west side in the trees.

 

Outings: Jerry Von Ehwegen reported  that in February we had the GBBC outing with10 people and 34 species were reported. It was “danged cold” and everyone was shivering as we counted SE of Sioux City. The results were reported to the GBBC web site and Woodbury County ranked third in the state of Iowa with 49 species.   

 

The next outing is March 12 and all should meet at the NW corner of Super Wal-Mart parking lot on Singing Hills Blvd. at 7:30 AM or if you drive yourself meet at 9:00 AM at the first parking lot at the north end of Lake Yankton which is just off the entrance to the park. Chuck Johnson and Donna Popp have invited us to their cabin for lunch and it’s always delicious!

 

Website:  Jerry VE reported that the website is up to date as far as he knows, including the March Bird Of The Month for your viewing pleasure.

 

Birdseed Sales– The Zale’s have agreed to do the bird sales next year. They were told that if we ordered later we would get a better price.

 

Social Committee: Thanks to Carol for setting up, making coffee and cleaning up. Dottie Zales volunteered to bring treats as an additional person for the May meeting.

 

Old Business: Ann Shaner asked about the money set aside for Audubon Adventures.  President Bob reported that the schools have so much testing for “No Student Left Behind” that they can’t really teach anything except the test questions.  Next month our group plans to broaden the educational goals to be met with our fundraising money.

 

New Business:  

 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:16 PM.

The program  was Jerry Toll and Don Poggensee on Northern Saw -Whet Owls.

Attendance for the program was 55.

Submitted by Jan Null,

Secretary pro tem

Edited by JVE

Loess Hills Audubon Meeting Minutes--February 4, 2016

 

Members present: Bob Livermore, Jerry Von Ehwegen, Ann Shaner,  Chuck Johnson, Donna Popp, Herman Schultz, Jody & McKenna Moats, Bob & Phyllis Nickolson, Brian Hazlett, and Jan Null. The meeting was called to order at 6:22 PM by President Bob Livermore.

 

The January 7, 2016 minutes were approved.

 

Publicity- Dawn: No Report. Journal covered our meeting well for tonight.

 

President Bob:

            Nomination Committee: No Report

            Climate Change Update: Feedback to organizers should be that locals should select the locations for the blocks. Some of the cornfield areas they selected you would seldom find an Eastern Bluebird. That kind of reporting is a waste of time and money.

            Income Tax Chickadee Check-off: Now called the ”Fish and Wildlife Fund”.

Programs: Tonight: Becky Williams on Glacier National Park

                        March: Jerry Toll and Don Poggensee on Northern Saw -Whet Owls.

                        April: L. Stone

                        May: Bob Livermore

 

Treasurer’s Report: Current balance is $4906.00. Discussion to better use the money earmarked for Audubon Adventures. Jody Moats thought we could come up with some good programs for the youth that would not end up in the recycle. Bob Livermore will ask a retired teacher if they have an idea for a project.

 

Birdseed Sales– All the bird seed has been sold with no reduced prices. Profit was $1400.00. Jody Moats said that if she could have a receipt she could possibly buy the birdseed for Adam’s Nature Center from LHAS.

 

Newsletter: Anne reported that she needs material for the next newsletter by February 23. There was a discussion about using the “Audubon” logo. If it is used it cannot be changed at all.

 

Membership: -- Donna will send the clipboard around at the meeting for emails from any possible members. She has added a few names each meeting. She also reported that we have saved about $1000 a year by emailing the newsletters.

 

Education/Naturalist – Jody reported on the pets at her home. Apparently the snakes like the area around the yard around her home. They have not been hibernating, but are “bromating”, and she sometimes finds them inside her home. This process is necessary if you want a new generation of snakes.

 

 

 

Outings: Jerry Von Ehwegen reported that our January Outing was the Audubon Climate Change project of looking for Eastern Bluebirds. There were 11 people; we did not find the Bluebirds, but did find 28 species.

The next outing is February 13 which is the GBBC weekend (February 12-15). All should meet at the NW corner of Wal-Mart at 8:00 AM. We will count species and numbers with lunch at a local restaurant.

 

Website: Jerry VE reported that the website is up to date—the Christmas Bird Count, meetings, and the new Bird of Month.                                                                       

 

Social Committee: No Report

 

Good News Items!: No Report

 

Old Business:           

 

New Business:

 

Discussion: Julian Calendar is a fun challenge to find a new species for every day of the year in about a 30 mile circle or however you want it. A graph could be made to check each year and compare. Others also count the counties they have been in or rode bikes through. Some count the counties they have been in the USA.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:04 PM.

 

The program was Becky Williams on Glacier National Park.

Attendance for the program was 37.

 

Submitted by Jan Null,

Secretary pro tem

Loess Hills Audubon Meeting Minutes—January 7, 2016

 

Members present:  Bob Livermore, Jerry Von Ehwegen, Ann Shaner,  Chuck Johnson, Donna Popp, Herman Schultz,  , Jerry Probst, Bob & Phyllis Nickolson, Jody Moats, Becky Williams, and  Jan Null.     The meeting was called to order at 6:15 PM by President Bob Livermore.

 

The December, 2015 minutes were approved.

 

Bob Livermore gave a summary of our chapter’s year in 2015.    282 people attended the programs.   243 attended the outings which is up 10%. Chapter assets grew by about $$1100 which also included the Bob Moritz memorial money of about $800.00.  Bob also encouraged everyone to get the word out about  the Income Tax Check-off and commented on the AGABBC (Great Backyard Bird Count) scheduled for Feb. 12-15.

 

Secretary’ Report: No report.

 

Committee Reports:  

 

Nomination’s Report: Jerry Probst reported that their committee had met and called members about serving as on officer.

 

Climate Change Report: Jerry Probst reported that the Climate Control project which includes counting the Bluebirds in the area will be coordinated with our next outing on January 16.  There are ten blocks which need to be counted.  The area includes the northern tier of Plymouth and down the east side to Correctionville.  There are 12 stops of five minutes each.  The counting will be held on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday Jan. 15-18.

 

Treasurer’s Report:  Current balance is $4,848.00.  The P.O. Box has been paid for and a duplicate key was purchased for $25.00.    

 

Newsletter:  Anne reported on the Newsletter.

 

Membership:  -- Donna will announce at the meeting that she would like emails from any possible members.

 

Education/Naturalist – Jody Moats gave her report.

 

Outings:  Jerry Von Ehwegen reported on the outings and the website:

            December (CBC) – Sioux City :    23 participants;  70 species ( a record)

Ponca :         12 participants;  48 species

                                           Westfield:      11 participants;  52 species ( a record)                                                   

                                                Ida:                12 participants;  45 species

                                                Yankton:        31 participants;  72 species

 

The next outing is January 16, and all should meet at the NW corner of Wal-Mart at 8:00 AM.

 

Website:  Jerry VE reported that the website is up to date—minutes, Bird of the Month, meetings, the Bird Counts, and the current Newsletter have been updated.                                                             

 

 

Social Committee:  No report; Thanks to Carol for arranging the schedules for food volunteers.

Old Business:  None

New Business:  None

 

Good News Items!  No report.

 

Accomplishments:

Jerry Von Ehwegen replied to a request from the INHF for some general statements/observations about the importance of the Little Sioux River Valley and associated woodlands. INHF is working on a grant for the WCCB to acquire the Roberts property next to the Curtin Timber northeast of Otto, IA. Jerry provided a short document on the scenic value, tranquility, and birds that may be found in the area based on some of the nearby areas such as Oak Ridge Conservation Area, Fowler Preserve, and Southwood Conservation Area.

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The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 PM.

 

Becky and Larry Williams have made two donations to KWIT and will be allowed to have 20 announcements for each on behalf of a charity.  They are choosing the LHAS and after a discussion of some of the members, the announcements will be on the topics of the Chickadee Income Tax Check-Off and the other on upcoming programs for our monthly meetings.

 

Next month’s program will be Becky Williaims on “Science Projects” of Glacier National Parks.

Bob Livermore will be presenting the program in May.

 

Attendance for the program was 27.

 

Submitted by Jan Null, Secretary pro tem

Loess Hills Audubon Meeting Minutes December 3rd 2015

 

Members present. - Jerry VonEhwegen, Anne Shaner, Donna Popp, Carol Blair, Herman Schultz (came after the meeting) Bill & Dotty Zales, Bob & Phyllis Nickolson, Jan Null, Brian Hazlett, Jerry Probst, John & Sharon Polifka, Rex & Maria Rundquist.

 

Call to order at 6:17Pm by President Bob Livermore.

 

Review & accept minutes. - Motion by Dotty and second by Donna. - Approved.

 

Officer Reports:

Publicity. - Dawn. - Not able to attend.

 

President Bob. -

Future Board Members. -  Brian Hazlett, Jerry P, formed a nominating committee with Maria. They will bring a report prior to the February meeting.

Several inquire to help: To sell ads in our newsletter. Nature Center sells ads. We need rules to sell ads and board felt we need more time. Tabled for next January meeting.

Chickadee Income Tax Check off. - It will be published in our newsletter.

 

VP Rex Rundquist & IA Audubon Rep.-

January. - Brian Fernando. - Dinosaurs and birds

February. - Bob Livermore. - Costa Rica

March. - Don Pogonsee & Jerry Toll “Saw Whet Owls

April. - Larry Stone Gladys Black Iowa’s bird lady

May program. - Open

Iowa Audubon report. -

Climate Change Initiative. - Blue bird survey. - Jerry Probst is the contact person for the chapter. Jerry has maps. - More info in the next meeting.

 

Secretary. - Maria. - Minnesota Avian trip for February 5 to 9 Carroll County Conservation Foundation is in charge of that. Contact matt@carrollcountyiowa.org

 

Treasurer Herman S. - Bob reported $3941.00 balance

 

Newsletter Anne: December 28th is the deadline for newsletter.

 

Membership Donna. - Bob will announce new members, Will pass the list tonight.

 

Conservation Bill. - Nitrogen pollution and is a deer season be careful on the roads.

 

Education/Naturalist. - No report

 

Outing/Website. - Jerry V. 15 people & 52 species at Kramper’s lake in Ponca NE.

Xmas count December 19th, Ponca December 14, Yankton December 20th Ida grove December 20th Westfield December 27th (Dan Smith in charge of bird count) It will meet at Broken Kettle Hwy 12 at 7:30AM and lunch in Akron about Noon.

The website is updated, Programs will be on website. Website counter is getting lots of hits, need suggestions to visit the website.

 

Birdseed. - Dotty. -  Left 4 bags of 50 lbs. at $36 and 2 bags of 50 lbs. at $30. It will be announce at tonight’s meeting.

 

Old Business,  None

 

New Business. - Movie/Documentary Racing Extinction. - Good to watch at Discovery Channel.

 

Adjourn. - 7:15PM

Respectfully submitted by,

Maria E. Rundquist. - LHAS Secretary

Loess Hills Audubon Meeting Minutes  November 5, 2015

 

Members present. - Jerry VonEhwegen, Anne Shaner, Donna Popp, Carol Blair, Herman Schultz, Bill & Dotty Zales, Bob & Phyllis Nickolson, Jan Null, Brian Hazlett, Bill Huser, Jerry Probst, Jody Moats, Rex & Maria Rundquist.

 

Vice-president. - Rex Rundquist opens the meeting at 6:17PM

 

Review and accept minutes of October 1, 2015

Motion by Dotty-Second by Anne Shaner. - Approved.

 

Officer Reports:

 

Publicity (Dawn Snyder): Absent

 

President (Bob): Absent

President (Rex):

Programs.

Tonight’s program (Jon Stravers – Bird Research in Iowa’s Driftless Area)

Cover the $350.00 fee. Motion by Donna, 2nd by Jody. Approved (remainder of Bob Moritz Memorial Fund)

April 2016 program (Larry Stone – Gladys Black: Iowa’s Bird Lady)

Cover the $50.00 fee. Motion by Dotty, 2nd by Carol to be paid to Humanities Iowa Speaker’s Bureau. Approved.

December program. – (Member’s slide show)

Limit 20 slides per member. - Everyone will be asking to bring treats.

Other dates: January Program - (Bob Livermore – “Costa Rica”); February program. – Open; March program. – (Don Pogonsee & Jerry Toll “Saw Whet Owls”); April Program. - Larry Stone; May Program. - Open. 

Iowa Audubon report.

Written report shared regarding Bird Friendly Iowa, etc. (see attachment)

Discussed participation in NAS’s Climate Change Initiative/Bluebird Survey project January 15-18, 2016. Consensus was to participate. Jerry Probst volunteered to be the chapter “point person” for this effort. Rex will communicate to NAS and Iowa Audubon.

 

Secretary (Maria): No report.

 

Treasurer (Herman): Account balance: $5624.00

 

Newsletter (Anne): No report.

 

Conservation (Bill): No report.

 

Membership (Donna) we get new emails each month, will pass the list tonight.

Education/Naturalist (Jody) “Come and celebrate Christmas at the Homestead” event n Saturday November 14th from Noon to 4:00PM

 

Outing/Website (Jerry V) last outing 9 people, 43 species, (12 sparrow species) Nov. 7th next outing in Nebraska at Kramper’s Lake, Ponca Park, etc.

 

Christmas Bird Count. - (Jerry P.) Sioux City December 19; Ponca December 14th; Yankton December 20th; Ida Grove December 20th.; Westfield December 27th. (Dan Smith is in Charge for Westfield count)

 

Birdseed (Dotty) Amount sold $4,663.40; After bills are paid, think we will make about $1400 revenue.

 

Social Committee (Carol B) Need one person for January and May for “goodies”. Will be announced at the general meeting.

 

Old Business. - None

 

New Business. - Sierra Club Chili Fundraiser is Saturday November 7th at the DPNC

Carol announced that there is about 4 Wilson’s Snipe at D. Ponds on 280th Street.

Dotty thanked to the people that came to unload the birdseed tonight.

Jerry Probst said, he sent a birthday message to Paul Roisen to his Madagascar address.

Dotty brought to share 3 buckets of Winesap apples for anyone to take home.

Meeting Adjourn at 7:15PM.

 

Respectfully submitted by,

Maria Rundquist

Secretary

Loess Hills Audubon Meeting Minutes---- October 1st, 2015

 

Members present. - Bob Livermore, Jerry Von Ehwegen, Ann Shaner, Donna Popp, Chuck Johnson, Carol Blair, Herman, Schultz, Bob & Phyllis Nickolson, Rex & Maria Rundquist, Brian Hazlett, Jan Null, Dotty & Bill Zales.

 

President. - Bob Livermore opens the meeting at 6:22PM.

Woodbury Wanderings. - Check amount $225.00. Motion by Dona, Second by Dotty. Approved.

Audubon bird guide application. - Email request from Vanderbilt University. Professor Thomas Palmeri, Ph.D. would like our participation for his research project testing birding experts funded by the national Science Foundation, to contact members of the LHAS to ask for their participation. Motion by Maria, Second by Dotty to publish Dr. Palmeri request in the newsletter and the website. Motion Passed.

President Livermore misplaced the POBOX keys. Will ask Bill Huser for the 2nd set of keys.

The September minutes were approved, by motion Maria,; seconded, Herman.

 

Publicity. - No report

 

Vice President Rex. – Programs/Iowa Audubon

Next Iowa Audubon meeting is October 25th, in Boone, Iowa. Rex/Maria will attend.

Today’s program. - Ty Smedes. – “Loon Magic”

November. - Jon Stravers. – “Cerulean Warbler Project”

December. - Audubon members photos

January. - Bob Livermore “Costa Rica”

February. – (possibly, Paul Roisen. – “Madagascar”)

March. - Don Pogonsee/Jerry Toll “Saw-Whet Owls”

April. - Larry Stone. - Iowa Humanities “Gladys Black” - Donna and Chuck will provide the lodging.

May. – (possibly, Larry Dau. - from Central Iowa on “Bird Photography”).

 

Secretary - No report

 

Treasurer - Herman. - Balance amount of $4391.00 paid $150.00 to SOAR

 

Newsletter - Anne. - Dateline is October 19, 2015

 

Membership - Donna. - Will pass a sign up sheet to (emails) about 250 members.

 

Conservation - Bill. - Seed & Feed a success. Collected 5 lbs. of seed. (Lead plant, white/purple clover, 44 people attended.

Bill inherited Bob Moritz books. – Many books already donated to BCU, Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, Master Gardeners, Prairie Network, Plant Society. Those remaining are offered to Audubon members and guests tonight. Asked for donation to the LHAS or other local conservation entity. Bob Moritz hat will go to Jerry Von Ehwegen, our current outing director. Also Bill/Dotty brought 2 buckets of organic apples to give-away. Bill announced the Federal Stamp Duck is available at the post-office for $35.00; will also get you free pass to the National Parks, NWR’s, etc. He encouraged purchasing the “wildlife habitat fee” and “Iowa migratory gamebird fee” which go to local conservation. REAP is not well funded; also, much of the money goes to pay county taxes on land purchases.

Outings & Website - Jerry V. 59 species and 6 people attended the last weekend outing. The next outing is October 17, 2015 meet at 7:30Am same place. Website is updated.

 

Birdseed - Dotty. - 17 orders so far, will announced tonight and Brian will bring an order to Ms. Candy Coffin from BCU. Bob suggested ideas to increase bird sales. In the past we had a kiosk at the mall; also did door to door sales to people who own bird feeders. Bird food delivery will be at the November LHAS meeting.

 

Social Committee - Carol Blair. - Will pass the list to sign-up

 

Good News - Bob comments regarding the Nebraska Ornithologist’s Union. - About 40 people attended. Bob was the leader of the field trips. Peregrine was chasing a Hairy. Also saw peregrines in Morningside EHS parade. Rex commented that Mark Brogee gave a great presentation on bird ID on Saturday evening.

 

Old Business - Bob said 100% attendance at the Heinemann 50th anniversary. At the WinnaVegas Casino.

Maria will announce the Chili Feed & Auction of the Sierra Club.

Loess Hills Audubon Meeting Minutes--September 3, 2015

 

Members present:  Bob Livermore, Jerry Von Ehwegen, Ann Shaner, Chuck Johnson, Donna Popp, Carol Blair, Herman Schultz, Jerry Probst, Bob & Phyllis Nickolson, Rex Rundquist, Bill Huser, Dawn Snyder, Brian Hazlett, and Jan Null. The meeting was called to order at 6:20 PM by President Bob Livermore.

 

The May 7, 2015 minutes were approved.

 

Secretary’ Report: No report.

 

Treasurer’s Report:  Current balance is $4545.00. 

 

Committee Reports:   

Publicity:    Thank you Dawn Snyder for the great publicity in the Sioux City Journal!  Dawn’s email has changed to this: DSNYDER@woodburycountyiowa.gov

 

President Bob:  Thanks to everyone for serving your Audubon Chapter.  The organization is stronger because you serve.

 

Vice-President Rex:  Programs:   Rex reported on the scheduled programs. He asked for ideas for January, February, April and May.

Tyler Flamang has the program tonight on the Osprey and SOAR.

Ty Smedes will be our program in October on ‘LOON MAGIC’, (there is a possible program on the Arctic?  For next year.)

November will be another of our tributes to Bob Moritz. Tonight’s program and November is being funded by Bob’s memorial money. 

December is photo night from members.

March is Jerry Toll and Don Poggensee on Northern Saw -Whet Owls.

 

Newsletter:  Anne reported that the Bird Seed Order Form is due by the October meeting.

 

Membership:  -- Donna will announce at the meeting that she would like emails from any possible members.

 

Conservation:   Bill is absent, but Anne reported that Seed & Feed is on September 18.

 

Education/Naturalist – No report.

 

Iowa Audubon: Rex attended the state Audubon meeting. 

 

Outings:  Jerry Von Ehwegen reported on three outings:

June 6—Loess Hills State Forest with 12 people and 71 species were reported. 

July 11–Bison Days with 22 participants and 69 species, Delicious lunch at Zales.

August 15–Oak Ridge Conservation Area with 7 participants and 56 species.

The next outing is September 19 and all should meet at the NW corner of Wal-Mart at 7:30 AM.

 

Website:  Jerry VE reported that the website is up to date—outings, meetings, the Bird of Month, the Bird Food Order Form, and the current Newsletter have been added.                                                             

 

Bird Seed Sales– Thanks to the Zales!  Give ideas for increasing sales.

 

Social Committee:  There is a sign-up sheet which will be passed around.  Thanks to Carol for setting up, making coffee and cleaning up.

 

Good News Items!

NOU Meeting:  Bill Huser informed us that the NOU meeting will be held in SSC at the America- Best Value Inn.  Registration is   $10.00—there will be Field Trips and a speaker Saturday PM.  September 25-27 is the date.   You can register and get information on the NOU website.

The Ponca State Park outdoor Expo is September 19-20.

Dawn had information on the annual REAP meeting and has flyers to distribute.

Chuck Johnson reported on the successful Bird-a-thon, 9 teams, 17 people, 160 species, and $930 raised!

Bob Livermore showed a list of all the presidents from 1973 through the present.

 

Old Business:        

 

New Business:   Jerry VE—WIT will be Hosting the annual Iowa CC Biology Teacher’s Conference this year with a Field Trip on Friday, September 25th, at Owego. Jerry was asked by WIT to join the field trip and anyone is welcome to join him to help on the history and birds of the area.

 

Accomplishments:

Jerry Von Ehwegen was asked by Brent Olson of the DNR to provide records of the birds that have been seen at the Loess Hills State Forest as they are considering that area for a Bird Conservation Area. LHAS members have been monitoring that area since 2003 and a copy of the 141 species that have been found there was sent to Brent.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 PM.

 

Attendance for the program was 48,

Submitted by Jan Null, Secretary pro tem

There are no meetings during the summer, so there are no minutes for June, July, and August.

LHAS Board Meeting    (May 7, 2015)

Attendance: Bob Livermore, Rex Rundquist, Jan Null, Jerry VonEhwegen, Herman Schultz, Donna Popp, Chuck Johnson, Anne Shaner, Dotty & Bill Zales, Jerry Prosbt, Dawn Snyder, Carol Blair. (Others present, Bill Huser, Brian Hazlett, and Bob & Phyllis Nickolson).

 

Call to order by President Bob Livermore at 6:18PM

Acceptance of Minutes: Motion by Maria; seconded by Chuck Johnson.

 

Publicity: Dawn Snyder reported Birdathon this weekend; September program will be a tribute to Bob Moritz is in the newsletter. October 24th is the 20th anniversary of the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center with a SOAR program as well. Loess Hills Audubon September 3rd SOAR program is a tribute to Bob Moritz. Consensus is that this will not conflict with Nature Center program, or the June SOAR program at Adams Preserve.

 

President (Bob): The January 2015 program was a DVD from the gift shop. The board voted and approved to pay $30.00 to the DPNC. Motion by Maria, second by Bill Zales.

Shared a catalog about DVD bird programs, price range from $26 to $40, for a possible Audubon Fundraiser. No motion. Received a letter of thank you and a photo from the Young Birders regarding our $100 contribution to their trip to Kearney, NE to see the cranes. Shared Quad Cities Audubon Chapter newsletter, brochure for Bird & Nature Festival in Ashland, WI, Mississippi Current Events, and bird watching on June 5-6 in Milburn, SD. Bob will announce the 2015-16 LHAS officer slate at the General meeting, as well as the proposed Past President position, all of which are to be voted upon.

 

Vice-president (Rex): September program: Hopefully Ospreys Program by SOAR (Tyler Flammang); October program on Loons by Ty Smedes; Looking for future programs.

 

Secretary (Maria): Shared report of Nov. 7th Sierra Club Chili Feed & Fundraiser.

 

Treasurer report (Herman): Reported a balance of $3646.18.  Anne submitted a bill of newsletter printing and mailing ($40.55). Donation of $250.00 to the Loess Hills Seminar. Jerry Probst will find out about the Woodbury Co. Conservation check (lost?) for the seed sales for Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. Herman said he has not seen the check. Dawn will re-send it to the P.O. Box 5133 (LHAS Address) if unaccounted.

The board voted to pay the speaker Doug Chafa Iowa DNR. $75.00. Motion by Chuck Johnson and seconded by Jerry Probst, passed.

 

Newsletter (Anne Shaner): Next newsletter in August 2015

 

Membership (Donna Popp): Will pass a sign up sheet for new emails and addresses.

 

Conservation (Bill Zales): Latest issue of Prairie Fire is now available.

 

Education/Naturalist (Jody Moats): absent

 

Outing & Website (Jerry V.): The latest Outing is published on the website, as well as the minutes. The bird of the month is the “Sora”. Birdathon is May 9th and is the outing for the month. Summer outing dates were announced and are on web site.

 

Birdseed Sales: Bill & Dotty Zales volunteered to take this over and Jerry Probst will continue to do the Sioux City Christmas Bird Count and compilation.

 

Social Committee (Carol Blair): Will arrange for September treats.

 

Good news items: Ed Sibley shared a letter to the Developer, Lance Morgan, CEO Ho-Chunk requesting protection of a natural area adjacent to proposed development in South Sioux City. Ed will read the letter at the general meeting and pass a sign-up sheet to collect signatures. He will attend the planning meeting next Monday in South Sioux City with Lance Hedquist, Lance Morgan and Bob Livermore.

 

Old Business:

Chuck Johnson will announce the May 9th Birdathon at the general meeting.

Carol reported that there are lots of fantastic birds at Desoto Bend.

Bob Nickolson was featured in the Sioux City Journal recently as an Audubon pioneer.

The IOU spring meeting is in Algona (May 22-24).

Jan Null requested members to call Kelly Bock at the City about newly planted trees on grassland area at Bacon Creek Park. Rex inquired about a summer board meeting. Brian Hazlett will announce his January 2016 trip to the Galapagos Islands at the general meeting.

 

Adjourn: 7:25PM

 

Respectfully submitted by,

Maria Rundquist

 

At the general meeting Motion by Anne Shaner, seconded by Bill Huser to elect the slate President Bob Livermore

Vice President Rex Rundquist

Treasurer Herman Schultz

Secretary Maria Rundquist

(Motion carried)

 

Motion by Jerry Probst, seconded by Grace Waggoner to have a past President on the Board. (Motion carried)

LHAS April 2015, Board Meeting (04/09/15)


Attendance: Bob Livermore, Rex Rundquist, Jan Null, Jerry VonEhwegen, Herman Schultz, Donna Popp, Chuck Johnson, Anne Shaner, Jody Moats, Bill Zales, Jerry Probst, Carol Blair (others present: Jeanne Bockholt, Bill Huser, Dotty Zales, Becky Williams, Jane Hey)

 

Call to order by President Bob Livermore at 6:18PM

 

Acceptance of minutes: (with corrections) - Motion by Rex; second by ?.

 

President (Bob):

Shared thank you letter and photo from Iowa Young Birders for donation of $100.00 to their trip to Kearney to see the Crane Migration.

Reported the need for a new Birdseed Salesperson and new representative to Iowa Audubon Council. Mentioned that there remains some question as to the profit from this year’s Birdseed Sale. Rex volunteered to take the Iowa Audubon position.

 

Vice President/Programs (Rex): Tonight’s speaker is Jane Hey (Amphibians). May speaker is Doug Chafa. September 2015 program will be presented by SOAR. We will be working with SOAR on the program content and appropriate setting for the presentation. It was suggested that the program begin at 7:00 PM since we usually don’t have a board meeting at that session. Rex will check about availability of Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. Dotty Zales presented Bob L. with the Bob Moritz memorial donations to LHAS. It was moved and approved that $250.00 of that donation be used to fund the SOAR presentation in honor of Bob Moritz. Ty Smedes will do the October 2015 presentation with his new program on Loons.

Board was requested to provide some suggestions for next year’s programs.

 

Secretary (Maria): Absent.

 

Treasurer (Herman): Late arrival. No formal report.

 

Newsletter (Anne): Next newsletter deadline is April 28th for the May-Aug. newsletter.

 

Membership (Donna): No report.

 

Conservation (Bill): Briefly reported on the effects of nonendemic native species introduced into new habitats where they do not “belong”. Also explained how climate change could exacerbate this problem as various species seek out new “home territories”.

 

Education/Naturalist (Jody): Reported on her experience learning about the status of the Monarch butterfly through a presentation by Chip Taylor of “Monarch Watch”. Some discussion ensued about obtaining a flat of milkweed plants for members to plant to provide reproductive habitat for the Monarchs. Jody will seek one free flat for us to share.

(Jane Hey mentioned the Green Thumb Plant Sale on May 15th)

Outings (Jerry V.): Twenty-four people participated in the March outing to Yankton. 55 species were counted. April 18th is the next outing, Show N Go, leaving 7:30 AM from Singing Hills Wal-Mart.

 

Website (Jerry V.): Web site currently up-to-date, including report on the last outing, newsletter and “bird of the month”.

 

Publicity (Dawn): Absent. No report.

 

Birdseed (Jerry P.)  Still seeking a replacement for this position. See above.

 

IA Audubon (Chuck): Still seeking to recruit someone. Rex volunteered. See above.

 

Social Committee (Carol): Monthly meeting refreshment schedule is going well.

 

Good News Items: Bill reported on Ponca’s March Madness which went well and included trip to Buckskin Hills to see the Prairie Chicken lek. Bob Nicholson reports that Ospreys are back on their nesting site on the cell phone tower near Port Neal. Jan Null expressed concern about some tree plantings that have appeared on the previous prairie walk trail at Bacon Creek Park. Diane Blankenship gave an update on this year’s Loess Hills Prairie Seminar including mention of some of the new presenters on schedule. The board voted to donate 250.00 for the seminar.

 

Old Business: None.

 

New Business: Birdathon 2015 will be on May 9th.

 

Adjourn:  At 7:19 PM. Bill Zales moved and everyone seconded.

 

Respectfully submitted by,

Rex Rundquist (for Maria Rundquist)

LHAS March 2015, Board Meeting (03/05/15)

 

Attendance: Bob Livermore, Rex Rundquist, Jan Null, Jerry VonEhwegen, Herman Schultz, Maria Rundquist, Donna Popp, Chuck Johnson, Anne Shaner, Jody Moats (others present: Jeanne Bockholt, Bob & Phyllis Nickolson, Bill Huser and Brian Hazlett)

Call to order by President Bob Livermore at 6:15PM

 

Acceptance of minutes: (with corrections) - Motion by Donna; second by Maria.

 

President (Bob):

Shared thank you letter from WCCF for donation of $550.00, signed by program director, Dawn Snyder.

Shared three newsletters: Iowa Audubon Council (Dec 2014), Upper Iowa Audubon (2015 Spring) & Mississippi Currents – Quad City Audubon (Jan/Feb 2015)

Reminder of Chickadee Check Off on our Iowa taxes. (Will not be announced on KWIT)

Reminder that April meeting will be on the 9th due to conflicts with Easter Weekend.

President “Emeritus” (Past President) - Bob passed out write-up of the job description (with addition of a one-year minimum term). Decided to present to the general membership for a vote at the May meeting (in accordance with by-laws) at the same time as annual officer elections. Anne has written about this in the newsletter.

Presented a request from Iowa Young Birders for a sponsorship donation for their upcoming trip to see the Sandhill Crane Migration (for trip costs and meals). Moved (Donna), seconded (Jody) to donate $100.00 (Motion passed)

 

Vice President/Programs (Rex): Tonight’s speaker is Chris Waas. April is Jane Hey (Amphibians) in place of Ty Smedes, who was unavailable on April 9th; May slot is currently unfilled; Doug Chafa may be an option. Jody suggested Brian Fernando, a high school student with an interesting presentation on “dinosaurs and birds”.

Board was requested to provide some suggestions for next year’s programs.

 

Secretary (Maria): No report.

 

Treasurer (Herman): $140.88 profit on birdseed sales this year. Discussion ensued as to whether we continue this program. Bob gave Herman some mail from the IRS. Audubon Society P.O. Box rent is already paid. Current account balance = $3434.00 (including the bird seed profit).

 

Newsletter (Anne): Logo - Anne passed around the finalized logo; Motion to accept new logo (Maria); seconded (Rex); Motion passed. Next newsletter is in May 2015.

 

Membership (Donna): Announced new member, Robert Billiar (retired South Sioux City veterinarian); will write up for May newsletter. Bob will announce tonight.

 

Conservation (Bill): not present

 

Education/Naturalist (Jody): No report.

Outings/Web Site (Jerry V.) Eleven people participated on February 14th outing, there were 30 species with counts sent to GBBC. Had an 8AM start with a weather of 16 degrees and finished at lower teens. Two new persons attended. March 14th is the next outing, the annual gathering at Chuck Johnson/Donna Popp’s place at Gavin’s Point. (Leaving 7:30 AM at Singing Hills Wal-Mart)

 

Website (Jerry V.) – website was updated as of today including report on the last outing, newsletter and “bird of the month”; Donna will announce Gavin’s Point outing with Chuck’s phone number.

 

Publicity (Dawn): Absent. Monthly meeting announcements have been heard on KWIT.

 

Birdseed (Jerry P.)  Excused absence (still seeking a replacement for this position)

 

IA Audubon (Chuck): Still seeking to recruit someone. Bill Huser will help recruit for this position.

 

Social Committee (Carol): Absent

 

Good News Items: Bill led a sizeable group to see eagles at Ponca Park’s “Breakfast with Birds”; several members visited Morehead Park (Ida Grove) to see Saw Whet Owls and swan; “March Madness” every Saturday in March at Ponca Park; “Bluebird” at Ponca in April.

 

Old Business: Rex asked that Herman (treasurer) change the Woodbury County 1099 reports to the LHAS P.O. Box address instead of using Rex’s personal address.

 

New Business: Dr. Brian Hazlett announced a new trip being planned to the Galapagos Islands for January 3-11, 2016.

 

Adjourn:  At 7:00 PM. Maria moved and Jody seconded.

 

Respectfully submitted by, Maria Rundquist.

LHAS February 2015, Board Meeting (02/05/15)

Attendance; Bob Livermore, Rex Rundquist, Carol Blair, Jan Null, Jerry VonEhwegen, Herman Schultz, Donna Popp, Chuck Johnson, Anne Shaner, Jeanne Bockholt, Jerry Probst, Bob & Phyllis Nickolson, Bill Huser and Maria Rundquist.

 

Call to order by President Bob Livermore at 6:15PM

 

Acceptance of minutes. - Motion by Donna second by Maria.

 

President (Bob). -

Logo comments. - Anne passed around a revised logo; suggestions and modifications regarding sun included removing the rays, making sun smaller. Anne and Carol will work on that again and report back.

 

Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is February 14-16. - Encouraged participation and reporting via website. Outing is schedule on that weekend. Jerry will do reporting for the outing.

 

Chickadees check off. - This is a reminder when we do our taxes.

 

President Emeritus. - Bob passed a write-up of the job description, Motion by Maria second by Jerry Probst, after discussion board decided to call Past President after Donna checked/read the by-laws. We will bring to the general membership for a vote in April. Anne will write up a blurb in the newsletter regarding the changes. Motion passed.

 

Ian Parson book. - Parson wrote a book on birds. It is available on Amazon. Com for $10.00. Bob encourage everyone to read book.

 

Next year board. - We will have elections next May 2015. All vowed to stay on board, we will have a slate only to be voted on May general meeting.

 

Secretary Maria. - No report.

 

Treasurer Herman. - He didn’t get a bank statement yet, reported there is $3400 in the bank minus $100 for today speaker honorarium.

 

Newsletter Anne. - February 24th is deadline to submit articles for the March/April newsletter.

 

Membership Donna. - We have about 200 members,

Conservation Bill. - Absent.

 

Education/Naturalist. - Jody Excused.

 

Outings. - Jerry V. Nine people participated on January 24th Outing, There were 35 species. At 8AM started with a weather of 30 degrees and finished with 50 degrees. One new person attended. February 14th is the next outing. The annual gathering at Chuck Johnson/Donna Popp place at Gavin’s Point will probably be on 3/14/2015.

 

Programs. - Rex: Today’s speaker is David True on Shore Birds. March is Chris Waas. April is Ty Smedes; May is Jane Hey. Board suggestions for next year included programs on Costa Rica, Yucatan, and Sax-Zim Bog.

 

Website. -Jerry V. – Site was updated as of today including report on the last outing; had a call from Norfolk (Pat) interested in birding too.

 

Publicity. - Dawn. - Absent. Bob will talk to her about press release. Maria suggested that Bob Livermore write up something regarding the Chickadee Check Off and send it to Maria via email; she will take it to KWIT Gretchen Gondek next week.

Bob announced on February 18th at 7PM on IPTV to watch NATURE on “Owl Power”

 

Birdseed. - Jerry P. - 3 bags left and will make a deal at the general meeting.

 

IA Audubon. - Chuck. - He will not do it next year. Need to recruit someone. He will find out when is the next meeting. Will announce it at the general meeting.

 

Social Committee. - Carol. - March is covered.  By Bob and Jerry Probst.

 

Good News:.- Rex reported four Snowy Owls, two Great Grey sightings and two Northern Hawk Owls on the Northern Minnesota Trip in January 2015.

 

New Business. - Carol reported that Don Pogensee has had many visitors at Moorehead Park in Ida Grove to see the Saw Whet Owls.

 

Herman said we have a listing on the new National Audubon website with a map.

 

Jeanne B. said She will announce our meeting in the Sierra Club FB and website; she requested a copy of the LHAS logo.

 

Rex will give the IRS letter to Herman (treasurer) to change to the LHAS P.O. Box address. Bill Huser will give Rex the second LHAS P.O. Box key.

 

Old Business. - Bob Nickolson commented that Mid-American ponds are legally their property. Birders need to file paperwork with them to be allowed to go birding at their ponds. He also reported that there are several types of waterfowl on the Big Sioux River near the Riverside swimming pool. Rex said there is a new Nature Center at Moorehead Park in Ida Grove and worth a visit.

 

Adjourn. -  At 7:20PM Maria moved and Anne seconded.

 

Respectfully submitted by,

Maria Rundquist

LHAS January 2015, Board Meeting (1/08/2015).

 

Attendance: Bob Livermore, Rex Rundquist, Herman Schultz, Jerry VonEhwegen, Jan Null, Anne Shaner, Bill Zales, Dotty Zales, Jeanne Bockholt, Jody Moats.

 

Call to order by President Bob Livermore at 6:25PM

 

Acceptance of Minutes. - Motion by Ann second by Jody.

 

President (Bob) -

Newsletter comments. - Ann stated that Carol Blair did all the logo redesigning work. Suggestions: Possibility of a new design OR keeping same design, but adding some birds, and the sun. People like the red color. Anne showed a copy of the newsletter on yellow paper with logo in black. Jan suggested that we announce at general meeting, asking for a volunteer designer.

 

Annual Reports. - The financial and the general information reports are done. Bob thanked Jerry VonEhwegen and Herman Schultz for providing essential information.

 

GBBC. - February 13- 16. - Jerry announced that people usually do it electronically.

 

The board unanimously approved that LHAS board meetings will start at 6:15 PM.

 

Chickadee check-off. - Bob passed information about the 1981 Iowa Law funding for all wildlife in Iowa. One may voluntarily donate a portion of the Iowa Tax refund (1040) (refer to the term “Fish/Wildlife at the end of the tax form). Nebraska has had a similar program since 1984; a tax-deductible donation to the Nebraska Wildlife Conservation Fund where every $1 donated is matched with $4. For a donation of $40 or more one receives a gift. (T-shirt with the image of a pouncing swift fox).

 

President Emeritus. - Bob will bring a job description next meeting.

 

Award. - Bob received a 50-year certificate given to LHAS from the National Audubon Society. - Dawn will write an article for the local newspaper with a picture of the board of directors. Bob mentioned that a NHS teacher started the Chapter. The Award will be displayed at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center.

 

VP Rex. - Because of inclement weather our speaker called to cancel at 5:30PM. He lives in Smithland. Doug Chafa is willing to be re-scheduled for a future date.

 

Secretary. - The minutes will be sent to all board members, as usual, via email. They can be corrected and approved via email.

 

Treasurer. - Herman said we have $3400.00 in the bank. The amount of $572.25 was automatic deposited from the National Audubon Society.

 

Newsletter. - Anne said that Chuck needs a replacement for the Iowa Audubon board. Maria stated that Chuck would accompany his replacement for a meeting or two.

 

Membership. - No report

 

Conservation. - Bill brought organic apples from his orchard, free for anyone to take home. Maria suggested that whatever surplus is left, be given the soup kitchen.

 

Education/Naturalist. - Jody reported that the Westfield Christmas Bird Count had 17 observers, with 48 species and a total of 2800 birds. Jerry will put info on the website.

 

Outings. - Jerry said next outing Jan 24th; same place, same time.

 

Programs. - Rex February. - David True. - March. - Chris Waas. - April. - Ty Smedes. - May. -Jane Hey. Rex suggested in the winter to have local speakers, as back up, if needed. Jody suggested asking high-school student, Brian Fernando, to talk about dinosaurs/birds.

 

Website. - Jerry said he will update the website.

 

Publicity. - Dawn. - Absent

 

Christmas BC. - Jerry Probst. - Absent.

 

Iowa Audubon. - Chuck. - Absent.

 

Social Committee. - Carol. - Absent.

 

Good News. - Herman reported that the Audubon Bird Count is now in its 115th year. It is the largest and longest-running citizen science project in the world. (Info was shared).

 

New business. - Snyder Bend is frozen and no birds have been spotted. Bill Zales reported that Briar Cliff University English Department is doing History of the Loess Hills project. He will be interviewed by BCU tomorrow, Jan. 9th, at his home. BCU students are required to take an Environmental course plus do a service project on sustainability and restoration.

 

Respectfully submitted by,

 

Maria Rundquist

LHAS Secretary

Loess Hills Audubon Society Board meeting.                              December 4, 2014

Call to order at 6:10PM

 

Attendance: Bob Livermore, Sharon & John Polifka, Anne Shaner, Donna Popp, Chuck Johnson, Herman Schultz, Dotty & Bill Zales, Jody Moats, Carol Blair, Jan Null, Jerry Von Ehwegen, Bob & Phyllis Nickolson, Dawn Snyder, Gary Heineman, Bill Huser.

 

Minutes: Will be reviewed at the next meeting in January.

 

President Bob reported that the Board approved support for efforts to limit oil drilling in the Artic Ocean. The votes were done online.

 

Newsletter ideas:  Anne asked for suggestions to improve the newsletter; discussed adding pictures and revising the logo (perhaps, deleting “Sioux City” and Bill Zales suggested putting a bird on the logo); Carol Blair offered to try some revisions on the computer.

 

Annual Report. We have a 30-day extension on our annual report to the National Audubon Society. This is important to maintain our 501(c) 3 status. Bob will work on the paperwork.

 

GBBC on February 13-16. - Jerry V. will put the information in website. But people can go on line to report their bird counts.

 

Board meeting times: Anne made a motion to start the Board meeting at 6:15PM. Carol seconded. – Motion Carried.

 

President Emeritus: Bob suggested we consider such a position for the outgoing Board President to provide continuity in the office and to mentor the President. Chuck Johnson moved that we call the position Past-President (not Emeritus)

And Rex R. seconded. - Motion carried. Bob will write a job description and bring it to the next board meeting. If approved we will bring it to the chapter at large in February.

 

Vice-President Rex. - No report

 

Secretary Maria. - No report

 

Treasurer Herman: checking account balance (November meeting $3,373.70) and (December meeting $ 3,324.63). The income for the past month was $2,529.30 (Bird seed sales $2,504.30, plus Audubon National $25.00). Expenditures for the past month included $3,128.37 for birdseed and Pay-Pal $4.95 (for web site). Also paid Woodbury County Conservation Board $550.00 for use of the DP Nature Center for our meetings.

 

Newsletter Anne: Next deadline is December 30, 2014

 

Membership: Donna. - No report

Conservation: Bill said Prairie Fire newsletter would be the last one in print because it will be available on line next year.

 

Education/Naturalist: Jody reported the domestic ducks she captured at McCook Lake would have a safe winter at her barn along with the chickens at Adams Preserve.

 

Outing: Jerry reported November was canceled due to snow; and the Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) would be the December outing. - The dates of the local CBC’s are posted in the website along with the location of the host addresses.

 

Programs: Bob reported Doug Chafa from DNR would be the speaker for January 8, 2015. Rex reported David True would be speaker for February 2015. March meeting remains open. Ty Smedes is speaker for April 2015 and Jane Hey, speaker for May.

 

Website: Jerry. – Web site is up to date except for the Bird of the Month—Lycos will be phasing out the current editor we use to update the web site---they will convert the web site of paying customers to the new editor which will require us to learn how to use the new editor. It could cause some delays in keeping the web site current.

 

Publicity: Dawn. - Looking for news. - Will publish the dates for the Christmas bird count.

 

Birdseed Sales - Two bags plus suet left for sale.

 

Iowa Audubon: Chuck is looking for replacement to fill his position; he no longer can drive the long distances to the meetings. He offered to attend, if someone else drives to help with the transition. He didn’t go to the last meeting in Des Moines. Meetings are held on Sundays (11:00 AM to 3:00 PM) 3-4 times a year.

 

Social Committee: Carol reported the need of a new water-heating pot for beverages. (Broken power cord). Dawn said we could use the Dorothy Pecaut coffee pot.

 

Old Business: None

 

New Business: Rex announced about the “Minnesota Avian Adventure” to Sax-Zim Bog in January 2015.

 

Dotty Z. read Larry Grill email regarding the clubhouse in Browns Lake is for sale. The board is not interested.


Respectfully submitted by,

Maria Rundquist

Loess Hills Audubon Meeting Minutes

11-06-2014

 

Members Present: Bob Livermore, Rex Rundquist, Maria Rundquist, Ann Shaner, Bill & Dotty Zales, Chuck Johnson, Carol Blair, Herman Schultz, Jerry Probst, Jerry Von Ehwegen, Jan Null.

 

Meeting call to order at 6:05PM

Minutes read and approved (Motion by Carol, second by Ann).

 

President Bob:

Sierra Group Email to announce at the meeting the efforts in Pine Ridge SD (to stop KXL-Pipeline) they are asking for donations of winter clothing/camping items. Rex moved to approve announcing at general meeting. Seconded by Maria.

Voted down 4 yes 5 no.

 

Newsletter ideas: Bob suggested improvements such as more articles, birding activities; Jody offered to send youth activity materials. Maria suggested adding the logo that Randy Williams created. Ann will ask Randy if we can obtain the logo again for the newsletter.

 

Secretary: No report

 

Treasurer: Herman said: balance $3328.65. Will write a check $550.00 pledged to the Nature Center and will pay for the PO Box. Herman also will ask Bill Vust to help him figure out how to file our IRS papers on line.

 

Newsletter: Ann said she needs a “tutorial” to help her with the logo.

 

Membership: No report

 

Conservation: Bill Zales. - Shared an article in the most recent Audubon Magazine Nov/Dec p. 22 (“Food Fight” by Michael Pollan). Also shared an email from Mark S. Edwards, retired Iowa DNR Trails Coordinator, regarding Iowa’s paucity of natural habitat/park lands. Email will be published in the next newsletter. Bill will share some of the message at the general meeting.

Bob encouraged everyone to write to our legislators.

 

Education: Jody passed out copies of the new “South Dakota Diurnal Birds of Prey”. It is available at the Adams Nature Center and website www.gfp.sd.gov .

 

Outings: Jerry V. Said Oct 11 10 people showed. (76 species including 13 species of sparrows. Next outing is (15 Nov2014) (meet same place, same time).

 

Programs: Rex said December is member slide/sharing Christmas potluck. January is Open, February – (David True) - March is open. April (Ty Smedes). - May (Jane Hey).

 

Website: Jerry will update website with the Christmas Bird Count dates/times/places.

 

Publicity: No report

 

Birdseed/Xmas Count. Jerry P. will announce available left-over seed. Total sale as of today $2477.30 and Birdseed bill is $2573.42.

 

IA Audubon. - Chuck said (18 Oct 2014) was the “Fall Into Birds” Festival in Johnston, IA.

 

Social Committee: Carol will pass the refreshment list at the meeting to complete sign-up for the remaining meetings.

 

Good News: Someone spotted a female Surf Scoter at Bacon Creek.

 

New Business: BCU had a Prairie Burn demonstration. 10 students from BCU helped. Bill Zales needs help for a Prairie Burn at noon on Nov. 6, 7, and 8 at his place.

Bob said next meeting we would discuss the position of President Emeritus, whose duty would be to support to train new people for the board. Also need to change the by-laws.

 

Adjourn: at 7:14PM   Motion by Ann/seconded by Carol.

 

Submitted by Maria Rundquist, Secretary

Loess Hills Audubon Meeting Minutes

October 2, 2014

Members present:  Bob Livermore,  Jerry Von Ehwegen, Ann Shaner, Bill Zales,  Dotty Zales, Chuck Johnson, Carol Blair, Herman Schultz,  , Jerry Probst, Bob & Phyllis Nickolson, Rex Rundquist, Helen Greenhalgh and Jan Null.     The meeting was called to order at 6:20 PM by President Bob Livermore.

The August minutes were not read or approved.

Treasurer’s Report:  Current balance is ok. 

Committee Reports:  

Conservation:   The Prairie Fire is available.  Bill Zales gave a summary of some of the interesting articles.  

Iowa Audubon: -- No Report

Membership:  -- No Report

Newsletter:  Newsletter items will be due next Tuesday, October 28 for the November/December newsletter.

Outings:  Jerry Von Ehwegen reported that there were 12 people at the September 13th outing.  56 species were reported.  The next outing is October 11th and all should meet at the NW corner of Wal-Mart at 7:30 AM.

Website:  Jerry VE reported that the website is up to date through the last outing; the Bird of Month is still in process.   The minutes of the meetings are also out there.

Social Committee:  No report.

Publicity:    No report.

Education Jody Moats asked who had sighted Monarch butterflies. She is not seeing as many as in past years.   Rex reported seeing good numbers.

Programs:   Rex reported on the scheduled programs. He asked for ideas for January and March.  Ty Smedes will be our program in April, and in November we will have a program by Dave Stage on the Machu Picchu area of Peru.

Old Business: 

New Business:   Jerry Probst reported that we could get and sell Birdseed and a few orders have been placed.  To get the discount, orders should be placed by October 16, and final orders will be October 31.

Jerry also said that many good birds were going through—Warblers and Sparrows. 

  Accomplishments:  None

The meeting was adjourned at 6:45 PM.

After the meeting, Herman gave us a quiz about the Passenger Pigeons as it is the 100th anniversary of their extinction.  He also gave us a “Fold the Flock”.

There was information and photos of the Chimney Swift. 

The program  was by Matt Wetrich, naturalist for the Carroll County Conservation Board.  Matt presented a program on Hawk ID which corresponds nicely with the Hawk migration occurring at that time.

Attendance for the program was 28.

Submitted by Dotty Zales and Jan Null, Secretary pro tem.

Since the September meeting was our annual picnic at Stone Lodge, there was no board meeting so there are no minutes for September.

                                                   LHAS Meeting Minutes 8-26-2014

 

Members present: Bob Livermore, Brian Hazlett, Jerry Von Ehwegen, Ann Shaner, Bill & Dottie Zales, Chuck Johnson, Donna Popp, Carol Blair, Herman Schultz, Bill Huser, Jody Moats, Jerry Probst, Gary Heinemann, Maria Rundquist, Rex Rundquist.

Accepted excused absences: Dawn Snyder (publicity)

 

Call to order by President Bob Livermore at 7:05PM

May 2014 minutes. – Motion to approve by Donna P. seconded by Carol B. – Motion carried.


President- Bob L.:

Sage Grouse proposal. – Discussed the problem of habitat loss threatening Grouse and Prairie Chickens. - Bob offered to send a letter to Federal agencies involved in protecting areas for breeding grouse.

Motion to do so in the name of LHAS by Bill H.; seconded by Rex. - Carried.

Race 4 Birds. - Bill (will report in next meeting)

Foundry Rd. habitat in SSC. - Ed Sibley has good pictures of birds found there. Birds are leaving the area; concerns of pesticide spraying in the area. There is need for involvement in habitat protection.

Bob L. announced the LHAS board of directors as follows:


Vice-President: Rex Rundquist

Programs were discussed for the whole year; Next meeting, September 4th, 2014 will be at the Stone Lodge in Stone State Park with a Potluck. Rex will contact Kevin Pape and/or Randy Williams for possible “Spirit Knoll” program.


Secretary: Maria Rundquist

Maria will help Rex to contact the following possible speakers:

Richard Leopold. - Deputy Director Of the Polk County Conservation and John Vanderpoel on the ABA 2011 Big Year.


Treasurer: Herman Schultz

Checking account is in balance. Current funds = $3433.60. Donna Popp recommended we pay our room use fee at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. We owe the 2 years 2013-14 & 2014-15 at $275.00 per year.

Motion was made to pay the 2 years (total of $550.00) by Donna P.; seconded by Rex R.; Motion carried. Herman S. will send the check.

Bill Huser brought the issue of the IRS papers that need to filed. They are overdue. Herman S. will file the papers and will pay the P.O. Box rent. Bob L. and Bill Huser have keys for the P.O. Box.


Newsletter: Ann Shaner

Deadline for items is tomorrow, Wednesday, August 27th at Noon.


Membership: Donna Popp

Bob L. recommended that we have a sign in sheet at all meetings. Donna encouraged having outreach programs for new people to join and to make a special effort to talk to all new visitors at our monthly meetings. We don’t have brochures. Carol Blair volunteered to draft a brochure and send to Bob L. for approval.


Conservation: Bill Zales

Bill was the speaker for the Annual meeting of the Fish & Wildlife in Kansas. Bill visited Wes Jackson in Kansas.


Education/Naturalist: Jody Moats

There is a concern regarding aphids on the milkweed plants on her property.


Outings: Jerry Von Ehwegen

The May Birdathon was well attended. June outing brought 6 people; July outing, 10 people; and August outing, 19 people. The next outings are scheduled for September 13 and October 11, 2014.


Programs: Rex Rundquist (see above)


Website: Jerry Von Ehwegen

Web site is up to date through last outing including the Bird Of The Month. Minutes will be published on the website.


Publicity: Dawn Snyder (absent)


Birdseed: Jerry Probst

Will be getting prices tomorrow. Will send format price list to be published in website & newsletter. Seed delivery is Nov. 6th meeting. Usually we make around $ 1200.00 per year.


Iowa-Audubon: Chuck Johnson (No report)


Social Committee: Carol Blair

Already had list for treats; suggestions made to include lemonade, ice water, and to use instant coffee.


Audubon Adventures: Gary Heinemann

Will do contacts with the Schools Districts again in South Sioux City.


Christmas Bird Count: Jerry Probst

Sioux City CBC (December 20th), Ponca, (Dec 14th), and Westfield, (January 3rd).

 

We made $822.00 from Birdathon last year.

Good News: “Race for Hope” is September 20, 2014, at Adams Homestead (Jody announced her daughter, McKenna, is the Youth Ambassador for the race); Maria announced Lion’s Club Pancake Feed on Oct 3rd and 4th at the Abu Bekr Shriner’s Building. Rex recommended developing a local Young Birders program. He visited with Carl Bendorf At the IOU meeting Aug. 23rd about how Iowa Young Birders was organized. Will be discussed at later meetings.


The meeting was adjourned at 9PM

Respectfully Submitted by Maria Rundquist.

There are no meetings during the summer, so there are no minutes for June and July.

 

Loess Hills Audubon Meeting Minutes

May 1, 2014

Members present:  Brian Hazlett ,  Jerry Von Ehwegen, Ann Shaner, Bill Zales, Chuck Johnson, Donna Popp,  Bob Moritz, Carol Blair, Herman Schultz,  Bill Huser, Jody Moats, Jerry Probst, and Jan Null.     The meeting was called to order at 6:07 PM by President Brian Hazlett.

The minutes from the March meeting were corrected and approved at the April meeting.  The minutes from the April meeting were read and approved.

Treasurer’s Report:  Current balance is $2733.17.

Committee Reports:

Conservation:   The Prairie Fire is available.

Iowa Audubon: -- No Report

Membership:  -- No Report

Newsletter:  Newsletter items will be due next August for September/October newsletter.

Outings:  Jerry Von Ehwegen reported that there were 12 people at the April 26th outing.  72 species were reported.  Areas visited south and east of Sioux City.  Newcomer, James Bailey was welcomed.  One highlight was the Cinnamon Teal.  The next outing is the Bird-a-thon on May10.  Next Outing dates are June 7, July 12, and August 9.  Those attending should meet at the NW corner of Wal-Mart at 7:30 AM.

Website:  Jerry VE reported that the website is up to date through the last outing, including the bird of the month.   He will add dates for the next year’s meetings.

Social Committee:  No report.

Publicity- the meeting was in the newspaper.

Education Jody Moats reported that they have a new Chimney Swift tower that is waiting for residents.

Programs:   Bill Huser announced that Don Poggensee will give a photography program, “Nighttime Skies and Alaska” tonight.

Old Business: 

The Briar Cliff Seminar on North American Grouse by Noppadol Paothong  was enjoyable, with a good crowd and good speaker.

New Business:  

The Bird-a-thon Fundraiser will be held on May 10.   Meet at the Wal-Mart parking lot.

 

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Donna moved to pay $32.12 postage to Ann Shaner for postage for the year.  (It used to be $1000).  Chuck seconded the motion.

The Nominating Committee:  Bob Livermore graciously accepted the nomination for the office of president.  Bill Huser will be nominating Bob Livermore from the floor.  We will cast ballots for the slate as presented:  Rex Rundquist – V. P.  Herman Schultz – Treasurer;  Maria Rundquist – Secretary.

The above slate of officers were unanimously elected at the general meeting following the board meeting. 

Dates for the coming meetings will be September 4, October 2, November 6, December 4, January 8, February 5, March 5, April 9, and May 7.   Bill will get permission from Dawn to use DPNC for meetings October thru May.  Because of road work, we will find another site for the August meeting.  For the September 4 Potluck meeting he will get the Loess Lodge.

  Jody Moats announced that a new Chimney Swift tower has been built at Adams Homestead.

Jan Null read a thank you from Diane Blankenship for the LH Prairie Seminar donation.

  Accomplishments: 

Bill Zales gave a presentation to the Sergeant Bluff Kiwanis, “Loess Hills- Past, Present, and Future”.

Jody Moats reported the “Birds and Bagel” program at Adams Nature Center was a success

with about 20 students having breakfast and watching birds.  Jody will be speaking at the Merrill Lions Club about “Bird Walking at Adams”.

Herman S commented on the Bird Watcher’s magazine.  He has read it for 12 years and this is the first article about someone from Iowa- Althea B Sherman.  She was responsible for the Goldfinch on the license plate which was voted the state bird in 1933.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:42 PM.  Attendance for the program was 50.

  Submitted by Jan Null, Secretary pro tem.

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