Creole, Louisiana - Friday, April 27, 2005

The meeting was called to order at 7:12 P.M. by President Karen Fay. Karen recognized all new members and guests. Marianna Primeaux, Judith O'Neale, Joelle Finley, Elouise Mullen, and Joseph Vallee were thanked for their help with registration. Karen Fay and Joelle Finley were thanked for providing the "Ecuador" food. Officers and members of the Board were introduced: Secretary Joelle Finley, Treasurer Judith O'Neale, Vice-president Bill Fontenot (not present), Southeast Board member Lee Ellis, board members Joan Brown and David Booth were not present.

Karen introduced the program "Birding in Ecuador and the Galapagos" presented by Karen Fay and Joelle Finley. Karen and Joelle traveled to Ecuador in July, 2004 and presented a video and slides of the trip.

Announcements: 1. The "Sureway Woods" have been purchased by the Orleans Audubon Society. Donations are being accepted.
2. A Garden Affair will occur May 3rd at Thistlethwaite Wildlife Management Area.
3. America's Wetlands Birding Trail maps are now available at welcome centers along I-10, visitor's centers and other major spots along the trail.
4. Karen Fay will lead the birding trip on Saturday beginning at 7:00 A.M. in the parking lot of the Cameron Motel.
5. Volunteers are needed to clean up the meeting room so that LOS can get the deposit returned.
6. Lighthouse Road will not be open tomorrow due to work currently being done along the road. A van will take you out and will run hourly.
7. Lee Ellis will present the Saturday night program and will talk of his birding experiences in New Zealand.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:17 P.M.

Creole, Louisiana - Saturday, April 28, 2005

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 P.M. by President Karen Fay. Karen recognized all new members and visitors. She thanked Marianna Tanner, Judy Fruge, Elouise Mullen, Joseph Valle, Joelle Finley and Judith O'Neale for their work at the registration table. The officers and board members were introduced: Joelle Finley, Secretary, Judith O'Neale, Treasurer, Rosemary Seidler, Past President, Lee Ellis, Board Member. Not present were Vice President Bill Fontenot, Board Members Joan Brown and David Booth.

Marty Guidry presented the LOS President Award to the following:
1. Sara Simmonds for her behind-the-scenes work for LOS.
2. Kay Radlauer for the multitude of things she has done to promote birding and birds.
3. The Butch Crain Family-accepted by Hilda Crain for their generosity in allowing LOS to bird on their private land.

Marty Guidry and Carol Lynn Lowery Loker presented the George H. Lowery Award to Sid Gauthreaux for his work in radar ornithology. Sid was a student of the late George Lowery.

Lee Ellis presented a slide show on Birding in New Zealand. Lee visited many habitats in New Zealand ands was the only person on a pelagic trip because of very bad weather! He shared with us the wealth of beauty and birds.

Marty Guidry called the checklist. A total of 206 species were seen on Friday and Saturday. (Weekend total was 226)

1. Mac Myers, representing the Orleans Audubon Society, announced that OAS along with The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana has a 6 month option to buy the Sureway Woods on Grand Isle. This is the last significant patch of oak woodland on Grand Isle. They need to raise $500,000 and are asking for individual donations.
2. Baton Rouge Audubon Society has purchased the house next to Peveto Sanctuary and is asking for donations to help with the purchase.

Karen gave a big thanks to Tutt Savoie and her crew for cooking and serving the wonderful banquet.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,
Joelle Finley
LOS Secretary

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