LOUISIANA ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY
MINUTES OF THE SPRING MEETING
CAMERON, LA - APRIL 23, 2004

The meeting was called to order at 7:11 p.m. by Vice President Bill Fontenot.

He expressed thanks to Marianna Tanner Primeaux, Judy Fruge, Judith O’Neale, Joelle Finley, and Elouise Mullen for their work at the registration and sales tables and Janis Harrison for arranging the hospitality table.

LOS officers and Board Members were introduced:
Secretary Joelle Finley, Treasurer Judith O’Neale, Past President Rosemary Seidler, Board Members David Booth and Lee Ellis. Also introduced were LOS News Editors Kay Radlauer and Dennis Demcheck and JLO Editor Jim Ingold

Absent: President Karen Fay was unable to attend because of a prior birding commitment.

Bill acknowledged David L’Hoste for his continued great work on the LOS webpage and online store. You can buy bird books, binoculars and lots of birding needs at the online store. www.losbird.org

It was announced that the annual LOS Awards presentation will be Saturday night.

Bill Fontenot will lead the Saturday field trip and participants should meet at the Cameron Motel parking lot at 7 a.m. This will be an all day trip starting at the west end of Cameron Parish and working eastward.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

The pink ticket that is included in your badge holder will allow free entry into the East Jetty on Saturday only.

Bill introduced LOS Secretary Joelle Finley who presented a slide show entitled “Birding in Vietnam with Ben King.” She traveled this past January to Vietnam with Kingbird Tours.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

MINUTES OF THE LOS SPRING MEETING
CAMERON, LA - APRIL 24, 2004

Vice President Bill Fontenot opened the meeting at 8:00 p.m. giving thanks to Marianna Tanner Primeaux , Judy Fruge, Judith O’Neale, Joelle Finley and Elouise Mullen for their work at the registration and sales tables. Janis Harrison was thanked for the Friday night hospitality table along with the Light House Bakery, Dauphin Island, Alabama, for their donation of 2 cinnamon rings.

The officers and board members of LOS were introduced:
Secretary Joelle Finley, Treasurer Judith O’Neale, SW LA Board Member David Booth, SE LA Board Member Lee Ellis and Past President Rosemary Seidler. Also introduced were the JLO Editor Jim Ingold and the LOS News Editors Kay Radlauer and Dennis Demcheck. Bill acknowledged David L’Hoste for his great work on the LOS webpage and online store. You can buy bird books, binoculars and lots of birding needs at this online store. www.losbird.org

Bill asked that all new LOS members please stand to be recognized and welcomed. Carolyn Bergeron of River Ridge was welcomed.

The following special guests were welcomed:
Richard DeMay, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Probram Carolyn Lynn and Andy Loker, daughter and son-in-law of the late George H. Lowry.

Bill introduced Marty Guidry who announced the 2004 award winners.

The recipients of the President’s Award for spring 2004 were as follows:
1. David L’Hoste for his dedicated work on the LOS website 2. Richard Demay for his work with the Barataria Estuary Program

The George H. Lowery Award for 2004 was presented by Marty Guidry and Caro Lynn Lowry Loker to Donna Dittman and Steve Cardiff for their continued efforts to educate ornithologists and promote field ornithology.

Bill announced a proposal by Steve Cardiff to change the check list to a “List of Record.” The list would include all birds seen Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes. The “List of Record” would contain date, time, location and number of individuals seen. “Out of date” or uncommon species would require a 3x5 card.

An argument against the “List of Record” was made based on the fact that one could no longer compare the current list with the lists from past years. Steve Cardiff said that this would be an experiment for now and the bugs would have to be worked out. Someone would have to volunteer to compile the list.

Bill called the checklist and Judith O’Neale tallied the results. 201 species were seen in Cameron Parish on Saturday and a total of 211 species were seen in Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Bill introduced Juan Carlos Calvachi from Quito, Ecuador, who presented a video program entitled “Ecuador: a Birding Paradise”. Beautiful scenes of Ecuador and its bird fauna graced the two video screens. Juan Carlos also owns a Bed and Breakfast outside Quito and his own tour company.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

Joelle Finley
LOS Secretary

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