Annual Meeting & 50 Year Anniversary

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Event: Annual Business Meeting & 50 Year Anniversary Celebration
Date & Time: Sunday, March 3, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Novak Education Center, 382 Townline Road, Aurora, Ohio 44202 Map 

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Note: Parking will be tight. Please park closely and orderly to allow for all the vehicles. There will be overflow parking down the road on the opposite side of the street but it would be most convenient to have as many cars in the lot as possible.

Who Should Attend? Ohio Audubon chapter members and ‘affiliates’ (organizations, research, government, activists & entrepreneurs) who are our collaborators, partners, and friends interested in birds and habitat conservation. You do not need to be a member of an organization to attend. All welcome!

​Thank You Regional Northeast Ohio Chapter Meeting Co-Hosts! Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland, Blackbrook Audubon SocietyBlack River Audubon Society, Canton Audubon SocietyGreater Akron Audubon SocietyWestern Cuyahoga Audubon Society

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COAC Workshop Sept 2018, hosted by Tri-Moraine Audubon Society, Myeerah Preserve, Bellefontaine, OH.
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Photo: Blanche Katherine Novak Wildlife Sanctuary by M A Romito.
The March 2019 Workshop is hosted by the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland at the Novak Education Center situated on the Blanche Katherine Novak Wildlife Sanctuary and State Nature Preserve, 382 Townline Road in Aurora, Ohio 44202.
Welcome COAC Affiliate Organizations!  

Please welcome COAC affiliates either ‘officially’ represented, have members/staff attending, or are unable to attend but want to remain connected to participate in a future COAC activity: 


SCHEDULE

Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) Sunday, March 3, 2019
Times may vary. In consideration of the large attendee response, and wanting to remain open to all, meeting organizers appreciate your patience and flexibility. 

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM-WORKSHOP WELCOME | INTRODUCTIONS

  • AM Bird Walk Report & plug for 4 p.m. Bird Walk. (03:00)
  • Welcome by Jim Tomko, President, Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland ​(ASGC) ( 03:00)
  • Welcome by COAC Co-Presidents, Jackie Augustine, Tri-Moraine Audubon Society (TMAS) & Liz Woedl, Audubon Miami Valley (AMV) ( 03:00)

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM-UPDATES & BUSINESS MEETING

  • OPENING CO-SPEAKERS
    • The Vision: A Collective Voice for Conservation by Dan Best, Western Reserve Naturalist (15:00)
    • The Unifying Power of Social Technologies, Betsey O’Hagan, Digital Strategist & Network Coordinator, COAC (15:00) 
  • SWOT ANALYSIS
    • Jackie Augustine (TMAS), facilitator, to inform COAC strategic planning (45:00)

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM-LUNCH

  • BUSINESS MEETING AND LUNCH
    • COAC Business Meeting Agenda Sunday, March 3, 2019  – led by interim COAC Board of Directors, review and vote of by-laws, COAC board nominations and elections, chapter talk. 
    • LUNCH – A catered lunch, vegetarian options available, includes sandwiches, salad, dessert, cheese and fruit plate, and an assortment of coffee, tea, etc beverages. Lunch is $10 per person. Please pay by cash or check to the host at the workshop. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. Register online for the meeting, and lunch by 2/25/2019 at http://bit.ly/2RkBFn9 
    • March 3, 2019 Meeting Registration has been REOPENED. Subscribe for early registration updates for the Sunday June 2, 2019 Workshop at http://bit.ly/2tzqcHb Thank you!

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM-RESOURCE MASHUP

  • RESOURCE MASH-UP – A diverse mix of members, individuals, and affiliate representatives rapidly present information pertaining to conservation work they propose/do, what they are looking for, and resources they can offer toward mutually beneficial collaboration activities and projects.

    • COAC EDUCATION, EVENTS, RESOURCES

      • Sharing “what works” in your chapter – Requesting help with “what isn’t working” in your chapter.
      • Exploring skills training & field experiences curriculum topics.
    • FUNDRAISING

      • The WCAS Bird Friendly Coffee shop model.
      • Lake Erie Nature and Science Center.
    • PLASTICS/CHEMICAL POLLUTION

      • Overview of the Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab programs.
      • Plastic Surgery: Cutting Plastic Out of Your Life.
      • Sierra Ohio Plastics Pollution Project.
      • Water: One of the Two Most Important Things Man Needs to Survive.
    • YOUTH, DIVERSITY & ACCESSIBILITY

      • How Chapters are addressing Youth, Diversity, and Accessibility.

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM-BREAK

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM-IDEA STATIONS

  • IDEA STATIONS | INTRODUCTION & HOW-TO, Kurt Miske, Chair, Conservation Committee, and Tom Romito, WCAS (10:00)

    IDEA STATIONS: conversations led by topic experts to accelerate idea sharing. Participants in the room rotate between idea stations. (30:00)

  1. COAC EDUCATION, EVENTS, RESOURCES
  2. FUNDRAISING
  3. PLASTICS/CHEMICAL POLLUTION
  4. YOUTH, DIVERSITY & ACCESSIBILITY

 

  • UPDATE: Registrants voted to focus on 4 of the 6 nominated topics above. RECYCLE/REUSE and LAB & FIELD RESEARCH will not be discussed at this meeting.

  • IDEA STATION LEADER REPORTS (10:00)

  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY | Q & A, Kurt Miske, Chair, Conservation Committee, and Tom Romito, Facilitator, WCAS (10:00)

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM-WRAP UP & NEXT STEPS 

  • COAC Co-Presidents, Jackie Augustine, Tri-Moraine Audubon (TMAS) & Liz Woedl, Audubon Miami Valley (AMV) (15:00)

4:00 PM – BIRD WALK (Optional. See information below.)


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​Questions? Contact,
Betsey Merkel
Digital Strategist and Network Coordinator
Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC)
P: 216-246-2447
E: info@counciloac.org


About BIRd walks at the  Blanche Katherine Novak Sanctuary

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Photo: COAC Birders at Novak Sanctuary March 2018 by Mary Anne Romito.
BIRD WALKS (optional)
9:30 AM & 4:00 PM

Event: Novak Sanctuary Bird Walks
Date & Time: Sunday, March 3, 2019, 9:30 am & 4:00 pm
Location: Novak Education Center, 382 Townline Road, Aurora, Ohio 44202 Map 
Leaders: Jim Tomko, President, and Matt Valencic, Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland, and Kaoru Tsubone, Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society support leader volunteer.
Participating photographers: Matt Valencic, Tom Fishburn, Kaoru Tsubone, and others.
Target Species: Incubating Eagles, Cedar Waxwings, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Eastern Bluebirds. Printable Bird Checklist

Description: The Novak Sanctuary is 152 acres of successional forest, high-quality wetlands and old fields. Our walk takes us through open fields into young successional forest where occasional wet openings offer micro habitat for birds and amphibians. Continuing through slightly older forest will take us to a small valley with dense thickets along a stream, an especially good area for migrating songbirds. Up the hill and left brings us to a spacious blind overlooking a cattail marsh with an active Eagle nest at the far end. A slight detour north will bring us to the beaver pond, surrounded by shrubs and mature beech/maple forest, a dream habitat for birders and naturalists. Red-headed Woodpecker, Belted Kingfisher and migrating waterfowl regularly use this habitat. We will be early for most migrants, but the abundant edge habitat throughout the sanctuary could serve up some surprises. WATERPROOF MUD BOOTS ARE RECOMMENDED as the trail will be muddy.

Directions: Go to the Novak Education Center, 382 Townline Road, Aurora, Ohio 44202 and meet in the parking lot about 100 yards south of the building on the east side of Townline Road on the Aurora/Mantua border. The Novak Education Center building is located on the Blanche Katherine Novak Wildlife Sanctuary and State Nature Preserve.


About The Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland’s Novak Education Center

The Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland’s Novak Education Center ​The Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland’s Novak Education Center is situated on the Blanche Katherine Novak Wildlife Sanctuary and State Nature Preserve located at 382 Townline Road, in Aurora, Ohio. ​​Map

About the Blanche Katherine Novak Sanctuary: ​In 1991 Bill Novak donated the Blanche Katherine Novak Sanctuary to Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland (ASGC). The 152 acres of farmland, forest, and high quality wetland has lain fallow since the 1950s. It has been designated a State Nature Preserve. Most of the woodland is a 70 year old Beech/Maple – Oak /Hickory forest but some is older and some is in earlier successional stages. The fields are being maintained through 5 year rotational strip mowing and spot spraying with a wetland approved herbicide in an effort to control invasive buckthorn. For 10 years we have had a pair of Bald Eagles nest and fledge eaglets which are viewable from the blind with a spotting scope. The fields have a good number of American Woodcocks involved in courtship display during the spring. Often Cedar Waxwings are seen gleaning berries and regularly a pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers is seen working the snags of the beaver pond. Later in the spring and early summer the fields occasionally host Bobolinks. The trail is often muddy in the late winter and spring so waterproof mud boots are recommended.


NORTHEAST OHIO AUDUBON CHAPTERS CO-HOST THE MARCH 2019 ANNUAL Meeting

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Black River Audubon Society
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Canton Audubon Society
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PARTICIPATING OHIO AFFILIATE ORGANIZATIONS

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Birders of Miami University
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Ohio Sea Grant
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Rust Belt Riders-Feed People Not Landfills
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