Minutes of Garden State Audubon Council
Attending: Atlantic Audubon Society: Ed Bristow, Gerry Satz, Alan Martens; Bergen County Audubon Society: David Hall, Nancy Hall; Monmouth County Audubon Society: Wendy Malmid, Stuart Malmid; New Jersey Audubon Society: Ted Korth; Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Manager: Steve Atzert
The meeting of the GSAC was held at the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.
Presidentís Report (Dave Hall)Highlands Audubon has disbanded, although some members still meet informally.
Washington Crossing Audubon Society is still very active in the Council, but no representatives were able to attend todayís meeting.
Election of the regional representative to the NAS board of directors is currently underway. Each chapter must vote by June 30. Dave Pardoe cannot run for re-election; there is only one candidate running for the directorship representing the chapters of the Mid-Atlantic region. Although there was some confusion, it appears that NJ will remain in the Mid-Atlantic region after the new realignment of NAS regions next year.
Treasurerís report (Carole Baligh) (via email)
She noted a balance of approximately $11,700.
We were welcomed to the refuge by Ed Bristow. Steve Atzert spoke about the Forsythe NWR, especially about habitat management issues and invasive species. Ed Bristow made a presentation about plans for a new refuge headquarters building, to be placed on the bluff very close to the current site. There was no NAS report this time. Currently the NAS website is helping to generate letters on the Red Knot issue (see NJAS report).
NJAS ReportTed Korth discussed a number of key action issues. These include
There is rather little movement politically on most environmental issues in advance of the fall elections. But Ted predicts that there may be very good chances after the first of the year, when the governorship changes.
Chapters discussed ideas for increasing attendance at chapter field trips and meetings.
Potential volunteers for these Council positions should contact Dave Hall. It is particularly important to identify a candidate for the Treasurer position, since Carole Baligh would prefer to give up this job.
After the meeting was adjourned, a van tour was given of the NWR, led by Steve Atzert and Ed Bristow. We were fortunate to see the visiting American White Pelican, two active Osprey nests, and two Peregrine Falcons.