Hello to all of you and welcome to KBAS’s new web page, courtesy of Debra Davis, our “official” webmaster! Debra has spearheaded the effort to move our website to Squarespace and give it a new face. She’s done a fantastic job! If you have any suggestions for content or format, please send them to me or Debra. In the meantime, absent a Grebe newsletter editor, our “Chapter News” and Calendar will be the means to keep you informed of KBAS activities, so please check in often.
We held our annual planning meeting at FNR on July 24 and I was impressed by the ideas and energy generated by the group in attendance. Beth Phillips, former President and now Program Chair, is hard at work lining up some great presenters for our monthly meetings. For September we have Mike Moore, an ODFW biologist, who will update us on cougars, bears, and other wildlife that we sometimes encounter. That should be a very high interest program as predators are a hot topic in the basin!
At the meeting we discussed how to increase (and energize) our membership. Myki Spindle, Membership Chair, lead a discussion and several excellent strategies were proposed. A simple but effective one is for each member to invite a friend or two to attend a monthly meeting. Who isn’t interested in cougars and bears?
A few KBAS projects are in the works for the coming year. These include interpretive panels on Grebes and other Basin birds to be installed at Putnam’s Point next spring. Putnam’s Point is the prime viewing area for grebes in the spring and summer and it begs for interpretation. Also, Audubon educational kits will be offered to area 3rd-5th grade teachers, and an advanced raptor ID class taught by international raptor expert Bill Clark takes wing in January. For a complete recap of the planning meeting we will post the minutes on the web site.
The crown jewel of KBAS projects, the Winter Wings Festival, celebrates its 40th anniversary in February. Anne and Diana have already logged hundreds of hours working on the program and a myriad of details. The 2019 Festival will continue the tradition of being one of the largest all volunteer festivals in the country and a mecca for birders and photographers. I have extended an invitation to David Yarnold, Audubon President, to attend. I hope he will come and witness what a small chapter can offer to a large audience of nature enthusiasts.
So, mark your calendars for our first monthly meeting: Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30. Remember to bring a friend or two!
Click on the link below to read about what was discussed at our August Planning Meeting
Minutes from August Planning Meeting