New York State
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NYSOA 2011 Annual Meeting in Dutchess County, NY
by Tim Baird

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Teen birders with Scott Weidensaul, photo by Carena Pooth
Teen birders enjoying lunch with Scott Weidensaul (center)

The 2011 NYSOA Annual Meeting was hosted by the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club in Dutchess County over the weekend of September 23rd-25th. This well organized and efficiently run event was a testament to the dedication by the members of the Waterman Bird Club to NYSOA and the New York State birding community. The NYSOA Annual Meeting allows birders from all over New York State to enjoy meeting old friends and making new ones. Meeting attendees were led by local experts on a variety of field trips, the delegates from NYSOA member organizations met to complete the official business of NYSOA, and everyone had an opportunity to socialize.

The rustic setting of Sylvan Lake Lodge complimented the natural aspect that brings many of us to birding. Although the weekend got off to a rainy start on Friday, the weather did not dampen the enthusiasm for bird watching. Clearing weather on Saturday and Sunday kept binoculars and birders dry.

Phyllis Jones, winner of the Gordon M. Meade Distinguished Service Award, photo by Rick Bunting
Phyllis Jones, awarded the Gordon M. Meade
Distinguished Service Award

The delegates met on Saturday morning to hear an update on our organization's status and activities from the officers and committee chairs of NYSOA. The official business included elections of officers, directors, and members of the Nominating and Auditing Committees. The officers elected to one year terms were: Gail Kirch, President; Kathryn Schneider, Vice President; Joan Collins, Recording Secretary; Andrew Mason, Treasurer; and Michael De- Sha, Corresponding Secretary. Elected directors to two year terms were: Timothy Baird, Carena Pooth, and Angus Wilson. The Nominating Committee for 2012 will consist of Robert Adamo, Joan Collins (chair), and Bill Ostrander. John Cairns, Irving Cantor (chair), and Peter Capainolo were elected to continue as the NYSOA Auditing Committee. Delegates voted to approve the proposed changes to the NYSOA Bylaws

Lillian Stoner Awards were given to: Greg Lawrence (nominated by NYS Young Birders Club), Sarah MacLean (nominated by the Cayuga Bird Club), and Alexandra Hale (nominated by the Linnaean Society). John Confer was recognized with the John J. Elliott Award for his article: "Avian Response to Shrubland Restoration in the Forested Landscape of Sterling Forest State Park, NY" in the March 2010 issue of The Kingbird. The Gordon M. Meade Award for outstanding service to NYSOA was presented to Phyllis Jones for her many years of contributions including archivist, director, and editor of New York Birders. The Saturday banquet was highlighted by Scott Weidensaul's entertaining and informative presentation entitled Messing Around With Birds (for Fun and Science).

Field Trip to Thompson Pond, photo by Mary Batcheller
Field Trip to Thompson Pond

The importance and value of the Annual Meeting
to NYSOA cannot be understated. It has been
an increasingly difficult task in recent years to
find a member organization to host this event.
NYSOA offers assistance to any group willing to
be a host. Please have your club or organization
consider hosting the event for 2012 or thereafter.
After this year's meeting our friends at the
Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club reported that they
were glad to have taken on the job of hosting –
not only to help NYSOA, but to introduce other
birders to the club and the area's birding hotspots.
RTWBC member Maha Katnani said, "It
felt so good for a member of RTWBC to see our
club hosting the convention and showing off our
region." Thank you Ralph T. Waterman Bird

Published in New York Birders, October 2011                                                                        Posted online 12/5/11

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