LOUISIANA ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY
MINUTES OF THE WINTER MEETING
LAFAYETTE, LA - FEBRUARY 18, 2005

The meeting was called to order by President Karen Fay at 7:00 P.M.

Karen welcomed new members, out of state members and guests. Doc and Matilde Smith, Elouise Mullen, Jeanette Robideaux, Joseph Vallee, Bob Jumonville, Joelle Finley, and Judith O’Neale were thanked for their work on organizing the meeting and for working at the registration table. Dave Patton was recognized for organizing the field trips and all of field trip leaders were asked to stand.

Karen introduced the evening speakers. Donata Roome Henry presented an update on her Swainson’s Warbler research. Donata received a PhD from Tulane University. Clay Green, a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at ULL, presented his research on the Reddish Egret which was undertaken at Laguna Atascosa in Texas.

Seven door prizes were awarded to lucky members.

The LOS officers and Board Members were introduced: Karen Fay, President, Bill Fontenot, Vice President, Joelle Finley, Secretary, Judith O’Neale, Treasurer, Rosemary Seidler, Past President, and Board Members Joan Brown (NE) and Lee Ellis (SE). LOS news editors Dennis Demcheck and Kay Radlauer and JLO editor, Jim Ingold (not present) were introduced.

Announcements:
1. Those wishing to go on field trips need to sign up at the back of the room. Meet in the parking lot in front of the hotel at 6:45 A.M. Trip leaders will have signs designating their trip. Trips will leave at 7 A.M.; car pool if possible. For White Lake participants, a voluntary $5 fee is recommended to compensate the boat drivers who are working on their day off. A release form must be signed for those going to Palmetto State Park. 2. Lacassine has restored a prairie and needs volunteers to do a breeding bird survey. 3. Kay Radlauer announced that maps for the America’s Wetlands Birding Trail will be available at Welcome Centers, Louisiana Festivals, and other spots along the trail.

Karen introduced Alain Clavette from New Brunswick, Canada who will be the speaker Saturday night. Alain suggested that everyone bring their binoculars to his presentation.

The hotel restaurant will open at 6 A.M. for breakfast.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:09 P.M.

MINUTES OF THE LOS WINTER MEETING
LAFAYETTE, LA - FEBRUARY 19, 2005

The meeting was called to order by President Karen Fay at 7:40 P.M.

Karen welcomed new members, out of state members and guests.Doc and Matilde Smith, Elouise Mullen, Jeanette Robideaux, Joseph Vallee, Bob Jumonville, Joelle Finley and Judith O’Neale were thanked for their help with the meeting. Dave Patton was thanked for organizing the field trips and all field trip leaders were also thanked.

Five door prizes were given out to lucky winners.

Vice President Bill Fontenot and Zachery Richard introduced Alain Clavette from Canada. Alain’s presentation was “The Natural World of New Brunswick”.

LOS officers were introduced: Karen Fay, President, Bill Fontenot, Vice President, Joelle Finley, Secretary, Judith O’Neale, Treasurer, Rosemary Seidler, Past President and Board member Joan Brown. LOS News Editors Dennis Demcheck and Kay Radlauer were introduced.

Announcements:
2004 Parish List Contest- Rosemary Seidler was the top ticker with 4779 ticks. Jay Huner was second with 4044; Jean Trahan was third with 2054. Jean Trahan and Rosemary Seidler visited all 64 parishes, Jay Huner visited 62, Hubert Hervey visited 36.

Bill Fontenot called the check list. A total of 144 species were seen on Saturday!

Five door prizes were given out to more lucky winners.

Dave Patton announced the field trips for Sunday. Meet in the parking lot of the hotel at 6:45 A.M. Trips will depart at 7 A.M. Breakfast in the hotel beginning at 6 A.M.

The remaining door prizes were awarded.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:10 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,
Joelle Finley
LOS Secretary

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