September 21, 2002
The 55th annual meeting of the Federation, hosted
by the Naturalists Club of Broome County and the Tioga Bird Club,
was called to order at 9:15 a.m. Roll call of member clubs revealed
there were 39 delegates representing 30 member clubs; therefore,
a quorum was present. After corrections were made to the 2001 Annual
Meeting minutes, Bill Watson moved, and Dave Strong seconded, that
the corrected minutes be approved. Motion passed unanimously.
President's Report by
“Thanks to the hosts of this year’s annual meeting
of the New York State Federation of Bird Clubs, Inc.: The Naturalists
Club of Broome County with assistance by the Tioga Bird Club. I
thank also the Federation Officers for 2001-2002, the Directors,
and the committee chairs for their hard work and dedication. Robert
Schumann owner of Nuthatch Hollow Nature Preserve and the caretaker,
Richard Zeccola have extended a welcome to the Federation as a
site for our Board meetings this past year, and I thank them.
Our publications, The Kingbird and NY Birders, are a credit to
this organization and their editors, Manny Levine and Sue Adair,
respectively. The Federation’s Web site has been improved
immensely in appearance and utility through the efforts and expertise
of Carena Pooth, Barbara Butler, and Kevin McGowan. Atlas 2000
is going strong with three years already completed. The cooperation
of a number of groups and individuals in this major Federation
project is appreciated.
The Federation now includes 50 member clubs and another will be
added at this meeting. Our individual membership continues to rise
with over 700 members. Our dues structure was changed this year
with a slight increase in most categories to help us keep our budget
in balance. Brenda Best has taken over the management of publications
and membership from Phyllis Jones and Valerie Freer.
New York State Avian Records Committee (NYSARC) is working hard
and has brought their records up to date. Bob Paxton’s term
expired at the end of 2001, and Dr. Shai Mitra was appointed to
succeed him. The Federation continues to have a strong relationship
with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Following Bob
Miller’s retirement, Bryan Swift has been our link to the
NYSDEC. Robert Budliger and John Fritz have been working on conservation
issues of interest to the Federation.”
One new club has applied for membership. Tom Lehr
made a motion to accept the application of the Theodore Roosevelt
Sanctuary of Oyster Bay, which was seconded by Bill Lee. Approval
Bryan Swift gave a very informative report from NYSDEC, including
updates on funding, personnel, and the status of various species
and special projects in the state.
The Treasurer’s Report was presented by Bill
Reeves who advised the Federation is in good financial shape. The
Auditing Report confirming this was presented by Manny Levine.
Sue Adair advises articles for New York Birders are welcome. Manny
Levine reports there were 17 photos in the September issue of The
Kingbird, but that color photos are too expensive. Don Windsor
has compiled a ten-year index to The Kingbird Volumes 41-50 which
will be published soon.
Kevin McGowan advises that NYSARC is making very good progress
and that the number of submissions has gone up. The 2000 report
will be in the December issue of The Kingbird.
The Federation’s redesigned Web site includes member club
information, and Barb Butler asks that she be advised of any updates.
Future plans include adding links to member club field trip schedules.
Member clubs were asked to contact the Federation regarding any
local conservation issues they may have.
The awards presented during the banquet were:
Certificate of Appreciation to Linda and Burt Goodnough, owners
of the Green Point Marina in Sandy Pond, for hosting birders who
came to see the Brown Pelican
Elon Howard Eaton Award to Carl George
Lillian Stoner Award to Jessie Barry (nominated by both the Rochester
Birding Association and the Genesee Ornithological Society) and
Mike Andersen (nominated by the Cayuga Bird Club)
John J. Elliott Award to Angus Wilson for his article on Curlew
Gordon M. Meade Award to Valerie Freer
Stanley Lincoln presented the report from the Nominating Committee.
All current officers have agreed to serve another year and are
therefore nominated. Directors nominated for the class of 2004
are Barbara Butler, Gail Kirch, and Andrew Mason. There were no
nominations from the floor. Dorothy Crumb moved that the secretary
cast one vote to accept the entire slate; Marty Borko seconded.
Motion was approved unanimously.
Phyllis Jones advises that an index of the archives will be going
Jamestown Audubon Society, Lake Erie Bird Club, and Roger Tory
Peterson Institute Ornithological Club will host the 2003 Annual
Meeting at the Athenaeum Hotel at the Chautauqua Institution, October
Marty Borko presented a resolution and background information
regarding building a Visitor Center at Upper Delaware Park and
asked for Federation support. Andy Mason motioned to accept the
resolution; Phyllis Jones seconded. Motion was approved unanimously.
The slate for the Nominating Committee consisted of Stanley Lincoln,
Kevin McGowan, and Phyllis Jones. Motion to accept the slate was
made by Dick Miga, and Berna Lincoln seconded. Motion was approved
The slate for the Auditing Committee consisted of Manny Levine,
Irving Cantor, and Peter Capainolo. Barb Butler made a motion to
accept the slate, and Sue Adair seconded. Motion was approved unanimously.
A proposal to change the name of the Federation was presented by
Kevin McGowan, who explained the pros and cons and advised there
was information at the Federation booth. Articles will be put
both on the Federation Web site and in New York Birders. Official
notification will be sent to member clubs as required by the
By-laws, and delegates will vote on this issue at the 2003 Annual
There was no new business from the floor. Motion to adjourn was
made by Tom Lehr and seconded by Elaine Anderson. Meeting was adjourned
at 12:06 p.m.