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For more photos, see the Annual Meeting 2004 Report submitted by the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club delegates.

NYSOA 2004 Annual Meeting
Hosted By Cayuga Bird Club

The New York State Ornithological Association met in Ithaca, NY over the weekend of 17-19 September.  The Cayuga Bird Club provided a fantastic birding experience for everyone who attended.

Maxwell Wheat, Jr.
at the Friday night reception

We started with a reception at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.  The reception brought old friends and new to this world-class ornithological institution.  Art and science are blended at the new Imogene Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity that houses the Lab. of Ornithology.  Great food and guided tours of the Lab. set the stage for a wonderful weekend.  Paintings by Louis Agassiz Fuertes on display in the reception area provide an atmosphere that inspires anyone interested in birds.  Karen Allaben-Confer’s pleasing and unique style of bird painting was available there for view as well. The Lab. brings people from all over North America into the fold of bird science.  We glimpsed the cutting-edge technology and innovative thinking by the exceptional staff during tours of the facility.

Hurricane Ivan made for a wet Friday.  Rain, along with a cool down on Saturday and Sunday, did not deter birders from participation in field trips.  Trips included Sapsucker Woods, the Biodiversity Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust, the McIlroy Preserve, Cornell Plantations and Mundy Wildflower Garden, Dryden Lake, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Cayuga Lake, and the Johnson Art Museum and Kroch Library at Cornell.

Exhibits included a wide variety of exceptional paintings, sketches, sculptures, photographs, literature, and information related to birds. Many of the exhibitors made contributions to the raffle at Saturday’s banquet.  A new NYSOA informational brochure was available at the NYSOA display.  Excellent photographs of birds taken by Lillian Stoner Award recipient Jay McGowan graced this brochure as well as the Annual Meeting’s informational leaflet.

The Delegates’ Meeting brought representatives from NYSOA’s member clubs together for updates from the officers and various committee members as to the activities occurring throughout 2004. President Kevin McGowan’s Annual Report highlights included noting that we are officially the New York State Ornithological Association, Inc. as the name change is now registered with the State. 

The Hummingbird Display at the Johnson Center (Sapsucker Woods)

Sapsucker Woods
the Johnson Center at right

The Nominating Committee’s slate of Officers and Directors for 2005 was accepted unanimously by the delegates.  The officers are:  Kevin McGowan, President; Andy Mason, Vice President; Bill Reeves, Treasurer; Brenda Best, Recording Secretary; and Tim Baird, Corresponding Secretary. Three Directors were elected to two year terms: Gail Kirch, Carena Pooth, and Bob Spahn.

It was announced at the Delegates’ Meeting that Manny Levine has stepped down as editor of The Kingbird.  The delegates were introduced to Dr. Shaibal Mitra who has assumed the job as The Kingbird editor.

The Nominating and Auditing Committees were elected for 2005.  Bill Ostrander will chair the Nominating Committee with Bill Lee and Tim Baird as members.  Irving Cantor, Peter Capainolo and Emanuel Levine will serve as the Auditing Committee.

President McGowan announced that the Alan Devoe Bird Club made a donation of $317 to NYSOA from money raised during their 2003 Birdathon.

Delegates discussed the voting structure of NYSOA in light of the reality that individual members have no direct voting rights.  The discussion included the topic of membership in general and how to increase our numbers.  An Ad Hoc Committee was appointed by President McGowan to investigate these issues.  The Ad Hoc Committee is chaired by Bob Mauceli and includes Bob Budliger, Andy Mason, and Kathryn Schneider.

A variety of topics was presented at the papers session concluding with the traditional reading of his poetry by Maxwell Corydon Wheat, Jr.

The Saturday banquet included the presentation of awards.  Jay McGowan received the Lillian Stoner Award given to assist a student with finances for attending the Annual Meeting.  Jay was nominated by the Cayuga Bird Club in recognition for his many contributions to birding.  Manny Levine and Irving Cantor were awarded Gordon Meade Awards for outstanding service to NYSOA.  Don Windsor, who received this award in 2003, was presented his plaque as he was unable to attend last year’s meeting.  The Eaton Birding Society awarded the Elon Howard Eaton Memorial Award to Ann Terninko for her work on Red-tailed Hawks in New York State. The John J. Elliott Award, recognizing an exceptional contribution to The Kingbird, was presented to Kathryn Schneider for her article: “The Status and Ecology of The Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) in New York State”, which appeared in the December 2003 issue.

John W. Fitzpatrick, Louis Agassiz Fuertes Director of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology was the keynote
speaker at the banquet.  His talk—”Birds Can Save the World: Revolutionary Opportunities for Citizen Science in the 21st Century” brought into focus the importance of citizen involvement and education toward assuring a viable natural environment for generations to come.

NYSOA thanks Cayuga Bird Club for all their efforts in making our Annual Meeting a great success.

Published in New York Birders, October 2004

For more photos, see the Annual Meeting 2004 Report submitted by the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club delegates.  

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