Fort Collins Audubon Society
Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday August 23, 2001
EDM International, Inc.
4001 Automation Way, Fort Collins, CO
Attendees: PRESIDENT: Rick Harness, DIRECTOR: Dave Dubois,
PROGRAM: Jackie Boss, DIRECTOR: Cynthia Melcher, CONSERVATION: Bill
Miller, HOSPITALITY: Barb Turnbull, FIELD TRIP: Nick Komar,
BIRDATHON: Rick Schroeder, AOC DELEGATE: Ron Harden
NOTE: Prior to beginning the meeting Bill Miller demonstrated
the new canopy for those Board members present, in the parking lot of EDM.
President R. Harness convened the meeting at 7:15 pm.
Minutes of Previous Meeting:
Minutes of the meeting of June 11, 2001 were accepted as amended.
Reports of Officers:
- Treasury Report - John Waddell. Because John was not present,
the Treasury Report was not given.
Standing Committee Reports:
- Conservation Committee Report - Bill Miller. B. Miller
indicated that the Conservation Committee Report is the same as
submitted in to the chapter's Annual Report submitted to the National
- Nature Center Committee - Nick Komar. N. Komar indicated that
the Committee had met last spring with Susan Kirkpatrick who indicated
that the state office didn't have the resources at that time to assist
FCAS in its efforts to establish a Nature Center. However, she
indicated that we could continue, on our own, to explore potential
partnerships with other organizations. Nick indicated that, after the
summer lull, he would be calling a meeting of the Nature Center
- Field Trips - Nick Komar. N. Komar indicated that he would be
organizing field trips for early fall and would have them ready for
listing in the September Ptarmigan.
- Birdathon - Rick Schroeder. FCAS has received approximately
$3850 to date, and that there were still some pledges still
- R. Harden indicated that the next AOC quarterly Board meeting would
be on Sept. 8th, in Colorado Springs.
- R. Harness indicated that he hadn't received any feedback from FCAS
Board members so he had forwarded the chapter's Annual Report to NAS
as was sent out to Board members.
1. Legacy Land Trust - Newsletter Insert:
R. Harden reported that the Larimer Land Trust has renamed itself, and
is now the Legacy Land Trust (LLT.) They wish to include an inert, at
their expense, in one of the FCAS issues of the Ptarmigan. N. Komar raised
the question as to whether we should be promoting other organizations.
There was some discussion about providing such support to organizations
that share Audubon values. There was some discussion about having LLT make
a program presentation, but the conclusion was that it was not fair to the
main program presenter to make them wait until after the 10-15 minute
presentation by the LLT to conclude.
ACTION: It was decided to allow LLT include a one-page insert in
one of the Ptarmigans. A Position statement will be developed to identify
who or what we will allow to be promoted within the Ptarmigan.
3. Platte & Prairie Audubon:
R. Harden indicated that Platte & Prairie Audubon in Weld county is
having a difficult time in recruiting new and active members, and are
wondering if they will be able to remain as a viable Audubon chapter. Ron
and Susan Kirkpatrick attended a recent board meeting. C. Melcher inquired
as to whether P&P was seeking merged activities with FCAS. R. Harden
indicated that they might be more interested in looking at going to an
email-type newsletter to reduce expenses.
ACTION: We will explore the possibility of a shared newsletter
4. Relationship with NAS:
R. Harden talked about the relationship between chapters and National
Audubon Society (NAS). Apparently the Board of NAS was impacted very
little by what the chapters had told them. There is considerable concern
expressed by local chapters about how NAS is acting, and that some
friction has been caused by NAS decisions. Harden went on to discuss that
chapters need to be more assertive with NAS, and not to "gripe about
the little stuff." We need to keep our Regional Representative, John
Bellman, informed. Harden indicated that there was considerable sentiment
to the effect that the national organization should increase the number of
grassroots representatives. Each chapter might want to consider developing
a grievance list that could include how Christmas Bird Count data is used,
the new dues allocation system, and calendar solicitation.
5. NAS Revised Dues-sharing:
R. Harness gave a PowerPoint presentation of what the revised dues-sharing
restructuring will mean to FCAS chapter finances. Our most recent dues
sharing from NAS was $3269. In the last year FCAS recruited only 1.9% of
its own members. If we recruit just 6% of our members our dues share would
drop from $3269 to about $1900. To remain at about the $3300 level we
would need to recruit about 15% new members. We obviously need to look a
more aggressive member-recruiting program of our own, as well as look at
other fund-raising strategies.
Historically we have been taking in about as much as we spend. Other
talking points included:
6. Arapahoe National Wildlife Refuge Projects:
R. Harness indicated that Arapahoe National Wildlife Refuge is looking for
volunteers to walk the power lines on the refuge to look for raptor
electrocutions and/or to install nesting platforms.
7. Shade-grown Coffee:
R. Schroeder mentioned a program whereby we could market shade-grown
coffee, but that the price was very high. There was no interest expressed
in becoming involved with this effort.
8. NAS Revised chapter Policy:
R. Harness indicated that the revised NAS Chapter Policy can be viewed at www.audubon.org/local/cso/
and that comments are due by October 31, 2001, via email to Lynn Tennefoss.
9. Call for Proposals for IBA Survey Grants:
C. Melcher was introduced as being the new coordinator for AOC's
"Call for Grant Applications and Site Nominations" from Colorado
chapters. Three grants of $500 will be available to chapters who agree to
do a one-day bird survey during fall 2001 migration or winter 2001-2002.
Proposals must be submitted to C. Melcher by September 8th, 2001. N. Komar
volunteered to submit a proposal to do a follow-up monitoring survey in
the fall of 2001 for the Fossil Creek Reservoir IBA. B. Miller volunteered
to check with K-Lynn Cameron, director of Larimer County Open Lands
Program, to see if we could gain access to the land on the south side of
Fossil Creek Reservoir.
10. Nominating Committee:
A Nominating Committee was created, consisting of N. Komar, R. Harness,
and B. Miller. The Committee will seek to fill the positions of
President-Elect, Vice-President, and up to six Directors. The Committee
will also determine if current committee chairs are willing to continue in
those positions, as well as fill the vacancies for chairs of the Education
and Membership Committees, due to the recent resignations of Louise
Creager and Sue Kenney from those positions.
The meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.
Following the close of the meeting those who wished to remain were able
to view a NAS video on the Alaska National wildlife Refuge.
Bill Miller, acting secretary