Member Meeting and Speaker Program 'Inclusive Engagement for Everyone 2020+' Speaker Series July 2021 Recording
WCAS Member Meeting and Speaker Series, Tuesday, July 6, 2021 begins with an expert update and assessment on regional bird disease, leaders present project, program, and fundraising updates. Speaker, Tammi Fierro-Zeis, Audubon Washington and Audubon Miami Valley, presents on “Inclusive Engagement for Everyone 2020+: Encouraging Inclusive Activism and Environmental Engagement in a Virtual World”. Programs are open to the public. Donations are appreciated.
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society Member Meeting and Speaker Series 2020-2021
Member Meeting and Speaker Program, “Inclusive Engagement for Everyone 2020+: Encouraging Inclusive Activism and Environmental Engagement in a Virtual World" with Tammi Fierro-Zeis, Audubon Washington and Audubon Miami Valley, July 6, 2021 Recording.
Description: The years before 2020 were all about reaching out to underserved communities, building rapport with others, and keeping all peoples engaged in environmental projects, protections, and activism. COVID-19 social distancing abruptly severed ties and we had to get creative. Communities and environmental organizations faced barriers to Internet accessibility, lack of computer competency, resource scarcity, digital leadership know-how - all further stymied by an inability to safely lead programs in person. In the past year many creative and dedicated people have come together to bridge the gaps. This program features stories about the tools and brilliant ideas that have kept everyone engaged in this new, remote world. Tammi Fierro-Zeis is "passionate about equitable advocacy, most of my environmental engagement has been centered on breaking barriers of access and hoping to inspire an appreciation of nature in everyone. In my spare time, I'm an unabashed birder and have an undying love for shorebirds and quail!"
[00:00:00] Nancy Howell, Treasurer & Membership, Chair, WCAS, welcomes everyone to the meeting. Nancy begins with a news update on the current bird disease. [Recently, it has been observed that songbirds in Ohio are being affected by a disease. The primary species affected at this time are blue jays, common grackles, European starlings, American robins, and house sparrows. Ohio counties experiencing the bulk of the outbreak so far include Brown, Butler, Clark, Clermont, Delaware, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, and Warren counties. No definitive cause(s) of illness or death have been determined at this time. We advise that people please stop feeding birds, and take down and clean bird feeders and birdbaths with 10% bleach solution, particularly if they are seeing sick/dead birds in their area (as recommended by USGS). Doing these things can help slow the spread of the disease. - Ohio Department of Wildlife, Bird Disease Reporting. More: https://ohiodnr.gov/wps/portal/gov/od... ] Nancy conducts the Spring Membership New Member Raffle Drawing, provides updates on the Institute for Bird Populations Nicaraguan bird-banding stations development project. Contact: NancyHowell@wcaudubon.org
[00:14:16] Michelle Brosius, WCAS Board Member & Field Trip Co-Coordinator, provides information about the 'Christmas in July' Raffle, June 2021 Second Saturday Bird Walk Report & July details, Tremont Bird Walks, Virtual Field Trips, Evening Walks, chapter Social Distancing Birding Guidelines, and reminds us to use social media to share WCAS digital resources. Contact: MichelleBrosius@wcaudubon.org
[00:21:11] Kurt Miske, WCAS Board Member and Bluebird Box Committee, Rocky River Reservation report read by N Howell. Contact: KurtMiske@wcaudubon.org
[00:24:45] Kaoru Tsubone, Native Plant Sale Committee & Ambassador to Japan, report read by M Brosius. WCAS Native Plant & Coffee Sale and Bird Walks planned for Tremont Arts & Culture Festival 9/18 & 9/19/21. Volunteers are needed to help out. Purchase Tilth Soil for gardens at WCAS Store. Contact: KaoruTsubone@wcaudubon.org
[00:26:01] Amanda Sebrosky, Founder, Northeast Ohio Chimney Swift Conservation Society (NEOCSCS) reports on towers at Walker Road Park - City of Bay Village OH and City of Kent, OH led by Rhonda Boyd, P.E., P.S. City of Kent, Senior Engineer. Sponsors: ODNR, The Kent Environmental Commission, The Christenson Foundation, Home Savings Bank, Howard and Linda Boyle, WCAS. Donate to NEOCSCS: https://bit.ly/3xlPyaD Contact: AmandaSebrosky@wcaudubon.org
[00:30:33] Drina Nemes, Book Club Leader, reports on fall program proposal and planning survey. Contact: DrinaNemes@wcaudubon.org
[00:33:40] Betsey O'Hagan, Digital Strategist. Updates: Guardians of Nature, 'Christmas in July' raffle preparations, Book Club proposal/survey, Board nomination process, July Bird of the Month Photography contest, and Bird Friendly Coffee Club orders in by July 10th. Contact: BetseyMerkel@wcaudubon.org
[00:39:55] Nancy Howell announces June speaker and welcomes July speaker. Program, questions, and discussion commences. N Howell thanks the speaker and participants for attending.
Western Cuyahoga Audubon is a chapter of the National Audubon Society based in Cuyahoga County in Northern Ohio, USA. WCAS seeks to connect and educate the public and conserve natural habitats for the sustainability of all bird species.
View: 'Inclusive Engagement for Everyone 2020+' Presenter Slides July 6, 2021 (PDF)
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society based in Cuyahoga County in Northern Ohio, USA. WCAS seeks to connect and educate the public and conserve natural habitats for the sustainability of all bird species.
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