Clarion Hotel, Ithaca, NY
September 18, 2004
The 57th Annual Meeting of the New York State Ornithological
Association, Inc. (NYSOA), hosted by the Cayuga Bird Club, was called
to order at 9:25 a.m. Roll call of member clubs revealed there were
68 delegates and proxies from 32 clubs, and a quorum was present.
Dorothy Crumb made a motion to approve the minutes from the 2003
Annual Meeting and Ellie Long seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
President's Report by
We currently have 50 member clubs since the Theodore Roosevelt
Sanctuary and Lake Erie Bird Club did not renew. Three life members,
including former president Stephen B. Dempsey, have passed away.
Our total membership currently stands at 700. Kevin enumerated our
activities for the past year, including the finalization of the
name change, the end of Atlas fieldwork, our domain name change,
appointment of Steve Kelling to NYSARC, sponsoring a team for the
Montezuma Muckrace, and working with other groups on Important Bird
Areas and the use of the State Wildlife Grants. We also received
a donation of $317 from the Alan Devoe Bird Club.
Bryan Swift, from New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation (NYSDEC), reported that they have an excellent working
relationship with NYSOA and that there is more work to do as new
projects develop for us to collaborate on. Staffing continues to
be a problem at NYSDEC. Bryan mentioned that they continue to monitor
Type E botulism in Lakes Erie and Ontario and that they are beginning
to assess migration of birds and bats with regards to wind power
The Treasurer’s Report dated December 31, 2003, was issued
and Bill Reeves reported on some of the highlights. The Auditing
Committee Report was presented and indicates that our statements
fairly represent our financial condition.
Valerie Freer reports that Annual Summary Forms are still coming
in. The Records Review Committee has started checking dates, records
and codes; the Steering Committee hopes to hire the second editor
by the end of the year; the artists are working; and the goal is
to have the publication done by Fall 2007.
Manny Levine has stepped down as editor of The Kingbird
and Shaibal Mitra has been appointed as the new editor. Shai spoke
about maintaining continuity and also has some new ideas. He also
said he needs to become familiar with the financial side of the
publication. Tim Baird has asked for Atlas anecdotes for publication
in New York Birders.
Carena Pooth reported that the name change was the biggest item
affecting our web site this year because it appeared on every page.
She is expanding the usefulness of the site by adding an index to
Kingbird articles and older NYSARC reports. She asks that
CBC compilers send their contact information as early as possible.
Andy Mason reports that the proposed establishment of ATV trails
in state parks at the NYSDEC Commissioner’s discretion did
not appear in the final budget. Tom Lyons of the Office of Parks
updated us on the implementation of the feral cat policy they have
developed. The Conservation Committee continues to monitor wind
power proposals in New York State. Andy asks that clubs with local
issues contact NYSOA so we can provide assistance.
Shai Mitra reports NYSARC has completed their work on 2002 reports
and their findings will be published in the December 2004 issue
of The Kingbird. They are currently working on reports from
2003. They are looking for ways to increase the number of reports
and will be reviewing the list of reportable species.
Tim Baird presented the report from the Nominating Committee. Nominated
for 2004/05 officers are President – Kevin J. McGowan; Vice
President – Andrew Mason; Corresponding Secretary –
Timothy H. Baird; Recording Secretary – Brenda Best; and Treasurer
– William B. Reeves. Nominated for two-year terms as Directors
for the 2006 class are Robert G. Spahn, Carena Pooth, and Gail Kirch.
There were no nominations from the floor. Valerie Freer made a motion
to accept the Nominating Committee Report as read, and Bob Mauceli
seconded. Motion was approved unanimously.
Bill Lee reported on the 2004 field trips, which had mixed results,
and is open to suggestions for future field trips. There were problems
with scheduling and advertising this year. Bill welcomes assistance
with the field trip committee.
Kevin McGowan reports that Phyllis Jones continues to collect and
index material for the archive. Berna Lincoln reports that there
are about 90 people who participate in the County Listing program.
Tim Baird continues to enlist speakers for the Speakers Bureau.
Our next Annual Meeting is scheduled for September 23-25, 2005,
in Albany, hosted by the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club. The banquet speaker
will be David Bird. Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society will be hosting
the 2006 Annual Meeting.
There were no resolutions presented.
With a motion by Barb Butler seconded by Joan Collins, a Nominating
Committee for 2005 consisting of Bill Ostrander, Tim Baird, and
Bill Lee was elected unanimously. With a motion by Andy Mason seconded
by Berna Lincoln, the Auditing Committee for 2005 consisting of
Irving Cantor, Peter Capainolo, and Emanuel Levine was re-elected
Bob Mauceli again asked about the voice of individual members
in the governance of NYSOA and if we could amend the by-laws to
allow them a vote. Bob Budliger suggested an Ad Hoc Committee be
appointed to look into this issue. Bob Mauceli is willing to chair
this committee and was appointed along with Bob Budliger, Andy Mason,
and Kathy Schneider.
Bob Mauceli reported that his club heard a presentation on eBird
and suggests NYSOA fund a New York eBird project. Kevin McGowan
explained eBird and will invite a presentation to the next Board
Motion to adjourn was made by Bob McKinney, seconded, and approved
unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 11:48 a.m.
Awards presented during the Saturday evening banquet:
Certificate of Appreciation was presented to the Batavia Waste
Water Treatment Plant employees for their cooperation with visiting
Elon Howard Eaton Memorial Award was presented to Anne Terninko
for her work with Red-tailed Hawks.
Lillian C. Stoner Award, which provides financial help to one
or more high school seniors or college students so they may attend
the Annual Meeting, was awarded to Jay McGowan, who was nominated
by Cayuga Bird Club.
John J. Elliott Award, given for the best article contributed
to The Kingbird each year, was awarded to Kathryn J. Schneider
for her article entitled, “The Status and Ecology of The
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) in New York State”
which appeared in The Kingbird Vol. 53 No. 4.
Gordon M. Meade Distinguished Service Award, given to individuals
for outstanding service to the New York State Ornithological Association,
was awarded to two people, Emanuel Levine and Irving Cantor.