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

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


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


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


Or CBC website

Finger Lakes Land Trust Events

May 25: Zoom intro to June Bioblitz

June 2: Birding for Beginners

June 13: Bioblitz


Or calendar on CBC website

Jay Mcgowan’s Big Day

185 Species in the Cayuga Bird Basin