Minutes of Garden State Audubon Council
|Garden State Audubon Council||March 13, 2005|
Present: Carol Baligh, Eric Stiles, Dave Pardoe, Pat Sziber, Ed Bristow, Alan Martens, Joe Pylka, Nancy Hall, David Hall
Chapters: BCAS, WCAS, AAS, HAS NJAS & NAS
Dave Pardoe gave a report on what is happening with the board of NAS. Safety net payment to chapters will continue this year. The hope is that the same funds will be available every year. Limited grant money also will be made available to each state and divided up for special programs. State assemblies were discussed (annual meeting of all chapter board members). GSAC could organize larger meetings for NJ chapters. Regional meetings are not likely to happen for a lack of personnel to organize them.
Proposed amendments to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 were presented. Position paper on windpower was handed out (see GSAC website for more information). There are issues on the impact on wildlife, but more severe impacts to the environment may result from not using wind for generating electrical power. There will be a workshop for wind and wildlife in Princeton on May 4. Eric offered to get a few invitations for members of GSAC. Anyone interested in attending should e-mail him.
NJAS is taking a stand in favor of a focused deer hunt to reduce the standing herd in the state. Damage to the understory plants is so severe that many bird species are in decline for lack of cover or food. Watch the news for details.
Update on IBBA: Eric provided an update on the status of the IBBA program. Goal is maintaining populations. Map of IBA nomination locations was displayed. Over 150 sites have been nominated. A rolling deadline to accept new nominations will close soon, when the technical committee meets to rule on which nominations have been accepted.
Next meeting June 18 at Forsythe Refuge.
Chapter Reports were given.