The Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) Workshop March 2018 began with seven COAC members attending a bird walk before the meeting. John Lillich opened the session with a brief presentation on the Hach-Otis Sanctuary conservation project in Willoughby Hills, which ASGC acquired and has preserved through the Western Reserve Land Conservancy.
View: Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) Bird Walk Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Novak Audubon Sanctuary Report
“How We’re All Going to Grow with a COAC Platform” with Betsey Merkel, Digital Strategist and Network Coordinator, COAC. Betsey will show how a COAC platform will help every Ohio Audubon Chapter to thrive and how all chapters can become one powerful voice for Ohio birds and habitat conservation.
View: How We’re All Going to Grow with a COAC Platform by Betsey Merkel
Networking is Key to Big Money and Keeping Public Lands Public” with Jackie Augustine, COAC Chapter Representative, Tri-Moraine Audubon Society, Lima, Ohio.
Jackie discussed the chapter’s success in keeping public land open to the public. In 2012, the Girl Scouts
were considering the sale of Camp Myeerah to a private individual. Tri-Moraine Audubon Society has
had a long history with the Girl Scouts and had collaborated with them in the past on projects ranging
from a wetland restoration to reduce runoff pollution to a pond and a 100-acre conservation easement.
The Girl Scouts granted Tri-Moraine 3 months to put together a counter-offer. Tri-Moraine Audubon
Society, and in particular, Carol Bertrand, used COAC and other contacts to join up with Dave Vasarhelyi
of the Trust for Public Land. Together, Tri-Moraine submitted a proposal to the Clean Ohio Fund and was
awarded over $1.3 million to purchase the 450 acres and transfer it to Bellefontaine Joint Recreation
District in the City of Bellefontaine, OH. The ‘Myeerah Nature Preserve’ is currently managed by a 5-
member advisory committee that includes three Tri-Moraine members and two representatives of the
City of Bellefontaine. Current restoration efforts include tree planting, wetland restoration, and prairie
View: Networking is the key to big money and keeping public lands public by Jackie Augustine
“Engaging Young Adults and a College Community” with Carly Zeis, President, Birders of Miami University and Member, Audubon Miami Valley, Oxford, Ohio. My student organization engages and co-operates with local environmental and birding organizations, encourages student members to come up with their own conservation efforts, run their own programs, events, and outreach efforts. Through these actions new ideas are generated and local engagement grows, which spurs on future generations of conservationists. When these students graduate, they will hopefully still participate in their local Audubon and wildlife societies, continuing to engage in conservation efforts and have a deep appreciation of wildlife throughout their lives.
View: “Engaging Young Adults and a College Community” by Carly Zeis
• Minutes of Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) Meeting of Sunday, March 4, 2018
• Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) Bird Walk Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Novak Audubon Sanctuary Report
• Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) Workshop, Sunday, March 4, 2018 Schedule and Registration
• Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) Conference Calls and Workshop Details for Jan-Mar 2018
• Revitalizing the Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) to Create Bird-Friendly Communities
• Making a Better Future for Audubon Chapters in Ohio by Mary Anne Romito
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