LOUISIANA ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY
MINUTES OF THE 2006 SPRING MEETING
 
Grand Isle, Louisiana - Friday, April 28, 2006

At 7:12 P.M. President Bill Fontenot welcomed members and guests, especially Grand Isle residents, new members and new LOS life member Trond Nilsen from Norway.

Bill thanked those who worked to organize the meeting:
1. Kay Radlauer
2. Jean Landry-Louisiana Nature Conservancy
3. Josie Cheramie of the GI Tourist Bureau who helped with the procuring of the Community Center, Friday’s snacks and the Banquet
4. The Grand Isle Community Development Team for the Banquet and Friday’s snacks. They did the work of putting the food together!
5. Judith O’Neale, Joelle Finley, Joseph Vallee and Eluoise Mullen for working the registration and sales table
6. Judy Fall for collecting the door prizes, gift bags and more

Bill introduced the officers and board of directors of LOS: President Bill Fontenot, Vice-President Nancy Menasco, Treasurer Judith O’Neale, Secretary Joelle Finley, Past-President Karen Fay and SE Board member Ed Wallace. Also introduced were Kay Radlauer and Dennis Demcheck, editors of the LOS News.

Bill announced that Nancy Camel was signing her new book The Nature of Things at Lake Martin and Richard DeMay of the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program had a table set up and to please visit with them.

Bill introduced the speaker, Dr. Jack Isaacs, an economist with the LA Wildlife and Fisheries, who spoke about the “Economic Study of the Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration”. He along with his assistant, Yeong-Nain Chi, presented an overview of the participants of the celebration: 60% female, average time birding-13 years, 95% LA residents, average spending of $157 per person.

Bill announced that Saturday’s field trip would leave from the parking lot of the Sureway Grocery at 8:00 AM.

LOS had a supply of trash bags for litter pickup. Please grab a bag, pick up trash and leave it on side of road.

Hubert Hervey asked what was included in the Grand Isle Birding Area. The area consists of anything from Fourchon Road through Grand Isle.

Eluoise Mullen drew numbers for 5 door prizes.

Bill announced to please turn in badges if you were not coming back Saturday night.

Bill bid everyone a good night and good birding. The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 PM.

Grand Isle, Louisiana - Satirday, April 29, 2006

Bill called the meeting to order at 7:44 P.M. and welcomed members, guests, and Grand Isle residents who were in attendance. New members were asked to stand and introduce themselves along with new LOS life member Trond Nilsen from Norway.

Bill thanked those who worked to organize the meeting:
1. Kay Radlauer
2. Jean Landry of the Louisiana Nature Conservancy
3. Josie Cheramie of the GI Tourist Bureau who helped with the procuring of the Community Center, Friday’s snacks and the Banquet
4. The Grand Isle Community Development Team for the Banquet and snacks. They did the work of putting the food together!
5. Judith O’Neale, Joelle Finley, Eluoise Mullen and Joseph Vallee for working the registration and sales table
6. Judy Fall for collecting the door prizes, gift bags and other freebies

Bill introduced the officers and board of directors of LOS: President Bill Fontenot, Vice-President Nancy Menasco, Treasurer Judith O’Neale, Secretary Joelle Finley, Past-President Karen Fay and SE board member Ed Wallace. Also introduced were Kay Radlauer and Dennis Demcheck, the editors of LOS News.

Bill announced that Nancy Camel is signing her book The Nature of Things at Lake Martin and to please stop by.

Bill Introduced Phillip Wallace representing the Orleans Audubon Society to speak about the new OAS/TNC sanctuary on Grand Isle. Phillip reminded us that the job is not finished yet. There is still a lot of fund raising to do and to please make contributions either to Orleans Audubon Society or The Louisiana Nature Conservancy.

Bill presented the LOS President’s Awards to Hubert Hervey for his work with the interior least terns on the Red River in Louisiana and Arkansas and his work to restore and preserve least tern habitat, to Linda Beall for her work as a hummingbird bander and educating the public on the importance of gardening for hummingbirds, and Dave Patton for his work as a hummingbird bander, educating the public, and his work banding ruby-throated hummingbirds. The George H. Lowery Jr. Award was presented to Dr. John O’Neill and was accepted by Judith O’Neale who read a letter of acceptance from Dr. O’Neill.

Bill introduced the evening’s speaker, Margo Zdravkovic, who is a field director of the Coastal Bird Conservation Program sponsored by the National Audubon Society. She spoke about the exciting research that she did in 2005 counting plover nests along the Louisiana Gulf Coast including Grand Isle.

Vice-President Nancy Menasco called the checklist. 134 species were seen.

Bill suggested that we continue to pick up trash. It is a way to give back to the community and thanked everyone for their help.

Bill thanked the ladies of Grand Isle for the wonderful food that they prepared for the banquet and for their hospitality.

Josie Cheramie with the Grand Isle Community Development Team presented a decorated hat for a door prize. Ed Wallace won the hat.

Judy Fall of the Crescent Bird Club drew 5 names for the remaining door prizes.

Bill reminded everyone to please return the name badges.

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

Respectfully submitted,
Joelle Finley
LOS Secretary

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