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Guardians of Nature Meeting Notes
Date & Time: Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
WCAS Virtual Conference Center: https://www.freeconferencecall.com/wall/info8415/
Attendees: Natasha Ustaszewski, Nancy Howell, Nancy Valente, Bruce Missig, Betsey O’Hagan, Gloria Ferris
Gloria welcomed everyone and then we all introduced ourselves naming the volunteer opportunity that brought us to the meeting. We all need to remember to unmute ourselves if we wish to speak.
Link to the WCAS 12 Volunteer Opportunities list: http://www.wcaudubon.org/2/post/2020/08/12-opportunities-to-volunteer-at-wcas.html
1. Nancy H: Bird Challenges
2. Nancy V - 'The Place To Be: Ohio's Birding Network"
includes a listing of preserves and park reservations throughout Ohio as well as naturalists by county and region throughout the state who will give live presentations as well as virtual presentations on FreeConferenceCall (FCC).
Nancy V told us about her latest 3 adventures and is in the process of writing up her experiences as well as sharing habitat type, birds found, and much more. The more participants the better our information will be.
3. Bruce M - Lab and Field News This programming will focus on the latest scientific findings in the lab and the field. 90% of the programming will be devoted to research scientists and citizen scientists who conduct critical work about the health of our water, the quality of our air, and bird and wildlife habitat and many other critical issues facing us because of climate change. Bruce focused on what we as individuals can do and how we can help people to not be overwhelmed. One question Bruce asked is "how clean is clean? He also stressed two factors that are not considered when buying commercial products: the cost of packaging and the cost of transportation. Why not try natural products like baking soda, lemons, and vinegar and make your own cleaning products?
Nancy V. felt that we were talking about an ounce of prevention being a pound of cure.
4. Natasha U - Saturday WCAS Explorers Natasha and Betsey continue to work at finding libraries and bookstores to work with us so that we can bring a weekly Saturday morning to youngsters that includes book readers, storytellers, science buffs, retired teachers, and anyone who enjoys working with young ones. If this project sounds like something that might be good for your talents. Please join us at the next Guardians meeting, Thursday August 27th, 7PM, FCC.
Wrap up by Betsey Betsey emphasized the need for what we are doing giving the current political climate of choosing business and pollution over conservation. Right now, a lot of very exciting work is being done to bring conservation awareness and education to the forefront because it is now seen that environmental justice has huge gaps in its access for certain communities, regions, and neighborhoods. Our work emphasizes the need to consider green infrastructure and quality of life issues-clean air, clean water, and equal access to trees, parks where we can interact with birds and wildlife. Nature is important to our health and well being.
We look forward to seeing you at our Thursday, August 27th meeting. Please join us and become a Guardian of Nature. Register
P.S. This was an hour and fifteen minute meeting. We do a LOT.
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