LOS SPRING MEETING: Friday, April 25, 2003 - Cameron LA

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by President Rosemary Seidler. Two door prizes were given out courtesy of the Lighthouse Preservation Society.

Marty Guidry announced that the Cameron jetty observation tower is to be constructed very soon by the Cameron Parish Police Jury. LOS is providing approximately $4,000 for the materials.

Judith announced that there will be a fund raising project to help defray the cost of the tower. A donation of $1.00 will get one ticket and $5.00 will get 6 tickets. The grand prize is a Celestron Nextar 80gt scope and tripod. Other prizes are: Bushnell scope and window mount, Eagle Optics/Wild Birds Unlimited binoculars, avian Aquatics layered waterfall rock, Thayer's Birds of N.A. CD Rom, Fuertes hummingbird print, John O'Neill prints of Aplomado Falcon and Blue-headed Parrots, Great Texas Birds, Birds of the Gulf Coast, Bird Watching for Dummies, Sibley Guide to Birds, subscriptions to Bird Watcher's Digest and Birder's World and three memberships to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. The drawing will be Saturday night of the fall meeting.

Rosemary will meet people at 6:30 a.m at the Cameron Motel for a field trip of the area.

Kay Radlauer introduced Ted Eubanks, of Fermata Inc. who gave a presentation on the Louisiana Great Gulf Coast Bird Trail which is in the planning stages. The presentation may be viewed online at www.fermatainc.com.

LOS SPRING MEETING: Saturday, April 26, 2003 - Cameron LA

President Rosemary Seidler opened the meeting at 7:45 p..m and expressed her thanks to Ted Eubanks for presenting the program on Friday night. The Louisiana Great Gulf Coast Bird Trail will hopefully become a reality in about 15 months. You can find Ted's presentation at www.fermatainc.com.

She also expressed thanks to Marianna Primeaux and Judy Fruge, Elouise Mullen, Joseph Vallee and Judith O'Neale for their work on the meeting. Special thanks to the Knights of Columbus for the good meal.

Rosemary introduced the Officers and Board Members: Past President Marty Guidry, Secretary/Treasurer Judith O'Neale, Board Member Gay Gomez, JLO editor Jim Ingold and Dennis Demcheck and Kay Radlauer, LOS News editors. Board Members Lee Ellis and Joan Brown and Vice President Karen Fay were unable to attend.

Two door prizes were given out courtesy of the Lighthouse Preservation Society.

Rosemary welcomed guests from Natchez, MS and Kim Capelle from Sweden.

AWARD PRESENTATIONS:

Marty Guidry presented the 1st President's Award to Baton Rouge Audubon Society, which was accepted by their President, Dorothy Prowell.

Marty presented the 2nd President's Award to Judith O'Neale, Secretary/Treasurer of LOS.

The George H. Lowery Jr. Award was presented to Curt Sorrells, Jr. Assisting with the gifts to Curt was Carol Lynn Lowery Loker, daughter of Dr. Lowery. Carol Lynn and her husband, Andy, are from Beaumont.

Marty Guidry read the checklist and a total of 212 birds were seen in Cameron Parish which included thirty warbler species. A Greater Pewee was reported to have been found but was not substantiated; therefore, it was not included on the list.

Cyndi Sellers is the new reporter for the Cameron Pilot and she is also Chairman of Beach District #2 which includes Rutherford Beach. A project to build a bathhouse at the Rutherford Beach is in the works.

Marty Guidry announced that the Cameron jetty observation tower is to be constructed very soon by the Cameron Parish Police Jury. LOS is providing approximately $4,000 for the materials.

Judith announced that there will be a fund raising project to help defray the cost of the tower. A donation of $1.00 will get one ticket and $5.00 will get 6 tickets. The grand prize is a Celestron Nextar 80gt scope and tripod. Other prizes are: Bushnell scope and window mount, Eagle Optics/Wild Birds Unlimited binoculars, avian Aquatics layered waterfall rock, Thayer's Birds of N.A. CD Rom, Fuertes hummingbird print, John O'Neill prints of Aplomado Falcon and Blue-headed Parrots, Great Texas Birds, Birds of the Gulf Coast, Bird Watching for Dummies, Sibley Guide to Birds, subscriptions to Bird Watcher's Digest and Birder's World and three memberships to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Tickets may obtained from Judith or printed off the web page and mailed to Judith. The drawing will be Saturday night of the fall meeting.

Dr. Mark Bonta from Delta State University, Cleveland MS, presented an informative program entitled "Thirty-five Years After Monroe, Birds and Birding in Honduras." His program dealt with birds, conservation and geography of Honduras thirty-five years after Burt Monroe's Distributional Survey was published in 1968. Very little new information on Honduran birds was generated until the late 1980's. Even today, very few bird tours visit the country. Mark's wife and daughter were with him for the weekend. Information can be found at http://www.birdinghonduras.com and his home page is http://ntweb.deltastate.edu/mbonta/

Judith L. O'Neale
Lafayette LA
LOS Secretary/Treasurer