Through the regional office, National Audubon will work to communicate and work better with chapters.
Chapters represented - Columbus Audubon, Audubon Society of Ohio (Cincinnati), Canton Audubon, Western Cuyahoga Audubon, Tri-Moraine Audubon
Points to consider:
- Relationship between NAS and chapters - a 2 way street
- Networking with other chapters - ideas for projects, fundraising, membership drives, etc.
- Chapters and NAS work together and work with other like-minded organizations
Chapters have concerns about getting younger people involved AND remaining with the organization. Social media is fine, but face-to-face talking with younger people is a way to go too. College campuses, special events:
- Get names and contacts THEN contact the people
- Have one or two student/younger people on the Board
- Have a beer or wine event to attract new members
Four Pillars of NAS Strategies
- Conservation Impact on a large scale - Network of knowledge
- Build a Conservation Link through diversity and inclusion
- Expand knowledge about bird through Science
- Build Durable public will by engaging those who care about birds/environment and beyond
Rebecca and Troy went through the 5 areas of maximizing Audubon’s Impact noted in the Strategic Plan
- Working Lands
- Bird-Friendly Communities
Birds and Climate Change
Marni Urso went through information on birds and climate change
Plants in Bird-Friendly Communities
Tami Lunan- firstname.lastname@example.org 513-238-2240 discussed the Plants for Birds portion as part of the Bird-Friendly Communities (see Plants for Birds handout)
- Gets minorities involved
- Gets underserved communities involved
- Introduces the Audubon message to families/youngsters
- Gets people outdoors
- Gives people a sense of community and caring for plantings
We can get some of our WCAS members involved in reviewing plants that are good for our area and nurseries that carry native plants. In addition, our members may be able to bring the Audubon message to nursery owners about the benefit of native plants and NOT selling invasive ornamentals.
WCAS needs to look at the Plants for Bird portion of the NAS website to update information for the database - errors in zip codes that people can enter, names of nurseries that sell native plants, add missing resources to the NAS database.
Climate Watch - again, check the NAS website for additional information
Chapter Bird Surveys
NAS wants to have chapters survey birds following a specific protocol. Survey would be done 2 times in a year. An area would be selected and point counts done according to the protocol. Entered in eBird.
Dates of surveys: January 15 - 30 and June 1 - 15. With several year’s worth of data, Audubon may be able to determine shifts in birds/bird populations.
Webinar on Climate Watch - Tues., April 11 from 2:30 to 3:30 PM
Membership at National Audubon Society
Lastly, Bill Heck discussed changes that NAS either has or will be making regarding membership LOTS OF STUFF STILL NEEDS TO BE WORKED OUT
- NAS recognizes it needs to work with Chapters
- NAS has a Network Services person - David Ringer
- NAS now maintains the membership database (it used to be maintained by an outside firm and it was not working well). NAS is “cleaning-up” membership data
- There is a new version of the monthly roster available now
- NAS is still working on how NAS members will have information communicated to them about their local chapter. Chapters will still be able to have a chapter memberships, separate from NAS, but this will be communicated better with NAS members. Still working on details … stay tuned.
In the end it seemed that NAS, through the regional office, will work to communicate and work better with chapters.
Respectfully submitted to the WCAS Board,
April 10, 2017