Kitsap Audubon's President - Janine Schutt
For those who were unable to attend the February general meeting, it was not just a lesson in bird photography. It was also a lesson in how to conduct an Audubon meeting without the benefit of electricity. Fortunately, the folks at the library gave us a heads up, so it was like indoor camping with lanterns and flashlights. Despite the darkness there were plenty of cookies, so everyone was happy. A special thank you to our speaker, David Gluckman, for improvising an informative and entertaining presentation. Thankfully the power was restored about halfway through the evening, so we still got to enjoy Davidís beautiful slide show. It was definitely an evening to remember!
Last month the Board of Directors voted to make a $5,000 contribution to the Campaign to acquire Timbers Edge. If fundraising efforts are successful, the acquisition would add 36 acres of forestland and riparian habitat to the Illahee Preserve in East Bremerton. If the campaign falls short, our contribution will be refunded.
The Board also approved the first gift from the Ann Sleight Memorial Fund. Kitsap Audubon Society is pleased to commit $30,000 ($20,000 from Ann Sleightís bequest and $10,000 from the general fund) to the Kitsap Forest and Bay Projectís Campaign to save Groverís Creek. This 270-acre parcel of land in North Kitsap is home to pristine riparian habitat and large evergreen trees, including a rare grove of 200-year old Sitka spruce. This unique habitat is disappearing from Kitsap County and is vital to an abundance of wildlife. Saving this land is at the heart of Kitsap Audubonís mission and we are pleased to be a part of its preservation.
The Endowment Spending Committee is currently accepting proposals for other projects that support our mission. Up to $25,000 will be available each calendar year for projects that qualify and are approved by the board. See the explanation on the next page on how to apply for a grant.
Finally, we wish our winter avian residents a safe migration to their breeding grounds and welcome the return of our spring/ summer residents. The best way to welcome our feathered friends home is to provide clean bird houses, feeders, and water features. The birds will thank you for your efforts by making your yard their home, thus providing endless enjoyment for you and your family.
Notes from the Board :
2014 recipient of the Kingfisher Award is:
Milly (Renee) Bellemere and Bob (Robert) Schumacher for the recognition of their more than 13 years of service to Kitsap Audubon. This is Kitsap Audubonís highest honor, awarded for outstanding service over a period of five or more years. Milly was Secretary to the Board for two years (2001-2002) and Bob served as 2nd Vice President in 2002. For the past eight years, Milly and Bob have been our official greeters, the friendly couple who welcome you and sign you in when you first come through the door at our monthly meetings. Milly and Bob have also been Kitsap Christmas Bird Count volunteers for ten years. They led the Seabeck area CBC in 2008, and Milly has led the backyard count for the past five years. The two have also given presentations for Kitsap Audubon based on their travels.
The KINGFISHER AWARD is Kitsap Audubon Societyís annual recognition of the member or members who gave extraordinary effort to the KAS mission throughout the year. This award is given to a KAS member who has been an active supporter of KAS for at least five years and has been an advocate for the environment and wildlife.
Put on those thinking caps! The KINGFISHER Award Committee welcomes your suggestions for next year's recipient of KAS's highest honor. This award, to be presented at our annual general membership dinner meeting in May, honors a KAS member who has a history of volunteer excellence with our organization. To be considered, the candidate should have demonstrated the following characteristics:
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