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May 2021 Meeting Minutes

Cayuga Bird Club
Zoom Monthly Meeting
10 May 2021

Attendance: 83

Presentation by Jeffrey V. Wells, Ph.D., Vice-president of Boreal Conservation for the National Audubon Society.
"The Biggest Bird Conservation Story You’ve Never Heard - the Boreal Forest of North America".

Probably going to have annual CBC Picnic
Monday, June 14, 6:00 pm
Myers Park, Pavilion E (“the Motus pavilion”)
Traditionally a potluck, but this year, due to COVID, 
bring your own folding chair and food
We will spread out on the lawn
Bring binoculars to bird afterwards
Subject to cancellation

Zoom Social Hour
Cancelled for June
Thanks to past attendees.
Hopefully no more zoom social hours and instead in person meetings starting this fall!

Upcoming Field Trips
Sunday, May 16 led by Suan
Register with Bob at bmcguire@clarityconnect.com

Saturday field trip to Arnot Forest is full

Habitat Improvement Work this Saturday
Saturday, May 15, 10am to noon/1pm
Renwick Woods (Stewart Park suspension bridges)
Conservation Action Committee
with Cornell students
Please join or contact Jody for more information
Email: jodyenck@gmail.com

Two Expenditure Votes
1. Up to $1,200 for fencing (etc) to protect native plants at Renwick
2. $3,000 for Motus Tower on Mt. Pleasant
Club balance is over $30,000.
Club annual operating budget is under $4,000.

1. Fencing for Native Plants, $1200
CAC is clearing plots of invasives and planting natives
Without fencing, native seedlings are eaten by rabbits etc.
Est. $300 per plot
Up to four plots for the summer (ambitious goal)
Should the Club allocate $300 per plot, up to four plots (max $1200), to protect native seedlings to be planted this summer?

Motion is passed 41 to 0.

2.Motus Tower at Mt. Pleasant, $3000
Club is planning second Motus tower
Location is Mt. Pleasant (on Cornell land), awaiting Cornell approval
Est. cost is $2100, prices may be increasing so proposal is $3,000 to cover increase
Detect both NanoTags and LifeTags
Installation by Bryant Dossman
Should the Club allocate $3000 to spend on its second Motus tower, to be placed at Mt. Pleasant, if approved by Cornell?

Motion is passed 40 to 0

Club Spotting Scope Purchased

$700: Vortex Viper HD 15-45x65 Spotting Scope (Angled)
Tripod and Fluid Head generously donated 
by Laura Stenzler and Ton Schat

Osprey Eco-Cruise
Discover Cayuga Lake
Sundays, May 16th and 23rd, 4-5:30 pm
$30/adult, $10/student or child
Reservations: discovercayuga@gmail.com
Or see calendar on CBC website

Chemung Valley Audubon Society
Meeting and Program
Thursday, May 20, at 7:00 p.m
Beaver and the Habitat They Create
Guest Speaker: Scott Smith
FMI: cvaudubon.org/calendar.html
Or CBC website

Finger Lakes Land Trust Events

May 25: Zoom intro to June Bioblitz
June 2: Birding for Beginners
June 13: Bioblitz
See fllt.org/events/
Or calendar on CBC website

Jay Mcgowan’s Big Day
185 Species in the Cayuga Bird Basin