QUARTERLY WORKSHOP SEPTEMBER 2018 – COUNCIL OF OHIO AUDUBON CHAPTERS (COAC)

Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) Quarterly Workshop
​sunday,  SEPTember 16, 2018


Workshop Information

Host: Tri-Moraine Audubon Society
Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Natural Area Tours before and following the workshop. See schedule below.
Location: Myeerah Nature Preserve, 7405  St. Rt. 540, Bellefontaine, OH 43311 MAP
Who Can Benefit by Attending? Ohio Audubon Chapter representatives, members, affiliates, and interested participants are invited to attend.

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COAC Workshop June 2018 Flyer. PRESS for a sharable PDF.

Natural Area Tours Schedule (optional)

Myeerah Nature Preserve Habitat Restoration Tour
Date & Time: Sun Sept 16, 2018 at 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Guide: Donnie Knight, Private Lands Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife (USFWS).
Description: Donnie will lead you to tree plantings, wetland construction, and prairie restoration areas – all within a short, easy walk from the lodge. 

Geosink and Old Growth Tour
Date & Time: Sun Sept 16, 2018 at 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Guide: Dr. Eric Juterbock, Conservation Chair, Tri-Moraine Audubon 
Description: This strenuous hike consists of elevation changes, and may involve a holding onto a rope to climb a muddy trail.  However, you will see a unique geological feature: a geosink – a pond created by a collapsing cave. Additionally, we may spot interesting birds, salamanders, insects, and fungi as we trek through an old growth forest to get to the geosink.   

For tours, meet outside the Lodge building. MAP


Call for Presentations

Do You Have a Great Story to Tell?  

Ohio Audubon Chapter representatives, members, affiliates, and interested participants are invited to present information pertaining to the following topics:

  • Habitat Restoration Projects
  • Grade School Education
  • Nature Photography Excellence 
  • Fall Forest Ecosystems

Presentation materials should include whenever possible, stories, case studies, comparative research, audience metrics and analytics, presentation slides, educational handout materials, and resources that detail how the project strengthened chapter capacity with a successful practice, responded to a challenge, or forged new relationships. To participate, submit an abstract of a minimum of 150 words and a maximum of 250 words; it should be confined to a single paragraph. Interested? Send a 1 to 3 sentence preliminary abstract outlining information you wish to present. Email information to info@counciloac.org Thanks!


Your Input is Requested! – Take the Survey!

Help build two amazing afternoon sessions! Send your chapter or organization information to be included! Let’s rev up growth and success for ALL chapters!

1) How does your chapter plan for it’s monthly chapter meetings? Help Jackie Augustine, Program Chair, Tri-Moraine Audubon Society build a great discussion. 

  1. Here’s the session description: “Strategizing the Monthly Chapter Meeting. Most Audubon Chapters invite speakers to their monthly meetings, but is there a strategy behind it? Jackie will present data on Tri-Moraine’s seminar series, discuss topics and strategies that may be used to increase attendance, and lead a discussion about how other chapters organize their monthly meetings.” Interested? Email presenter Jackie Augustine at augustine.63@osu.edu

2) Writing a Successful Annual Appeal Letter. Help presenter Liz Woedl build an awesome session. Send your chapter’s letter to Liz, and in the session we’ll learn how everyone can build a better letter and what other chapters have learned. Get connected! Send your appeal letter example to Liz at liz.woedl@gmail.com


​COAC Workshop Sept 2018 PHOTO ALBUM

COAC Workshop Sept 2018

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) Sunday, Sept 16, 2018
MINUTES OF COAC MEETING OF 09-16-2018

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM-WORKSHOP WELCOME

  • Welcome by Jackie Augustine, Program Chair, Tri-Moraine Audubon Society
  • Refreshments

INTRODUCTION TO THE VENUE

  • Finding Partners for Habitat Restoration. Presenter: Donnie Knight, USFWS. Invasive species and flood-prone areas are just some of the many opportunities for habitat restoration.  However, it might not be obvious where to start, especially if the project is large. Donnie will discuss resources available for habitat restoration through USFWS, and highlight the successes USFWS and Tri-Moraine have had at Myeerah Nature Preserve.

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

  • COAC Updates & Business Meeting
    • Financial Report by Nancy Howell VIDEO
    • The COAC Platform-News and Updates Sept 2018 by Betsey O’Hagan PPTVIDEO

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM-LUNCH

  • COAC Chapter Announcements
  • Networking
  • Catered lunch $10.00 per person. Register Online by Sept 1, 2018.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM-CAPACITY BUILDING

  • Writing a Successful Annual Appeal Letter. What does it take to create a successful Annual Appeal Letter? Liz shares  tips you can take home and use immediately. Presenter: Liz Woedl, Website Chair, Audubon Miami Valley (AMV). VIDEO PT 1 & VIDEO PT 2
  • Strategizing the Monthly Chapter Meeting. Most Audubon Chapters invite speakers to their monthly meetings, but is there a strategy behind it?  Jackie will present data on Tri-Moraine’s seminar series, discuss topics and strategies that may be used to increase attendance, and lead a discussion about how other chapters organize their monthly meetings.  Presenter: Jackie Augustine, Program Chair, Tri-Moraine Audubon Society. STRATEGIZING THE MONTHLY CHAPTER MEETING PPTVIDEO PT 2

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM-BREAK

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM-PRESENTATION TOPICS 

  • Environmental Education-This coming May, Tri-Moraine Audubon Society will host the 30th year of its annual Environmental Education Weekend.  Don will discuss the format of the weekend and how the weekend contributed to habitat conservation grants. He will conclude by leading a discussion of similar events hosted by other chapters and participant recruitment strategies. Presenter: Don Rosenbeck, Project Chair, Tri-Moraine Audubon. VIDEO
  • Black River Audubon Society Restoration Projects-Andy Lance, Conservation Chair, and Jim Jablonski, President, present a review of two successful Lorain County restoration projects, Black River Audubon Park and Meadow Preserve Project with Lorain County Community College. READ MORE | BURKE PLANTS FOR BIRDS GRANT PROGRAM PPT | BRAS RESTORATION PROJECTS DOCVIDEO PT 1 | VIDEO PT 2 | VIDEO PT 3
  • Nature Photography (tentative)
  • Fall Forest Ecosystems (mushrooms, wildflowers, insects, butterflies, birds)  (tentative)

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM-WRAP UP & NEXT STEPS  | NATURE WALK (Optional)


DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Directions to Myeerah Nature Preserve, 7405  St. Rt. 540 in Bellefontaine, OH 43311.

From Dayton/Cincinnati/Toledo: Take I-75 to US-33 east near Wapakoneta. After about 1.5 miles, take the exit to OH-540 east. Follow OH-540 east for about 6 miles – it will turn left and right several times – just watch the signs and make sure you stay on OH-540 east.  The entrance to Myeerah Nature Preserve will be on your left. 

From Columbus: Take US-33 west from the northwest corner of the I-270 loop around Columbus and travel about 32 miles on US-33.  Take the OH-347 exit and travel east (right) to East Liberty. In about 0.5 miles, turn left onto C-154. In about 0.3 miles, turn left onto Foundry Rd. In 0.2 miles, turn right onto OH-292 and follow 292 for about 4 miles. Turn left onto OH-540 west and continue 1.5  miles until you see the entrance to Myeerah Nature Preserve on your right.
 
Once at Myeerah, follow the gravel road. At the T intersection, take a right and park. Continue walking down the gravel road a short distance until you see the lodge. 

For tours, meet outside the Lodge building. MAP