Annual Elections, held at Monthly Program Meeting May 17, 2023
The following were elected to one year terms (June 2023-May 2024):
Vice President Tom “Morocco” St. Andre
Treasurer Elisa Flanders
Secretary Jutta Helm (starting in October)
Members/Directors at Large: Ken Markley, Judy Hinch, Mary Jane Hall
(The President was not put to vote because that position is for a two year term. Pat Quinn is CHAS President. Her two-year term ends May 2024.
Lights Out / Migration Alerts
Birdcast’s website provides migration alerts when large quantities of birds are forecast to migrate over our region. April 13th, a CHAS member shared one of these alerts with management of a 20-story building in downtown Norfolk. Building management agreed to have their janitors turn off lights that night – to help 146 million birds migrate safely. The following week, Birdcast sent another alert - of 180 million more birds expected to migrate. That was also shared with management of the 20-story building downtown, and the lights were turned off again! Tenants in this office building heard about this, and they too turned off their lights at home! And, another CHAS member shared this with Norfolk’s City Manager. The City Manager said he would share this with building managers – to save birds and electrical costs.
Ospreys are again in trouble. Your help is needed.
A recent study undertaken by the William & Mary Center for Conservation Biology found that “the osprey population within the main stem of Chesapeake Bay has an alarming productivity rate of 0.47 young per active nest. This rate is below the rate during osprey population crashes during the DDT era. The potential localized depletion of menhaden from industrial fishing plays a major role in the reproductive performance of ospreys. They mostly eat fish and are inextricably linked to menhaden availability.”
The CCB requests the public’s help in continuing the monitoring of nests to compile more data regarding the potential link of depleted menhaden stocks and reduced Osprey reproductive performance via the OspreyWatch project. See an explanatory video here: https://youtube.com/watch?v=KUhko2hGNQw&feature=share
Suggestions were received about program ideas including learning sessions and information on environmental issues. Most thought the length of the programs was about right and enjoyed the availability of the refreshments at the end of the meeting.
As to field trips many wanted to venture a little further afield but liked the availability of close, half-day trips. There was interest in trying a couple of overnight or weekend trips each year. A nice list of possible future trip locations was provided. An overwhelming number of respondents thought that recruiting new, younger members should be a priority. All the opinions offered will be reviewed in depth by the CHAS board and worked into the schedule of events for next year.