Club president, Guy Babineau, opened the meeting promptly at 7:00 PM.
Membership: Scott Connuck, membership chairperson, reported that the club has 211 paid members, surpassing last year’s total of 190.
Field trips: Chairperson, Susan Babineau, announced upcoming field trips and said that there will be no scheduled trips during June, July and August.
The First Saturday bird walks at Ivy Creek for May and June will be geared toward beginning birders. The June walk is scheduled for June 5 and interested birders should email Susan to pre-register. (The May bird walk was held on May 1.)
Saturday, May 22 there is a field trip at Rockfish Valley Trail. Pre-registration is required and the trip
is filled, but Susan is starting a waiting list.
Interesting sightings: Solitary sandpipers, grasshopper sparrows, meadowlarks, orchard orioles, Baltimore orioles and female red-breasted mergansers. One member reported seeing bluebirds, catbirds and mockingbirds at her feeder in Belmont after she added dried fruit to the seed mix.
Upcoming events: The club will hold no scheduled events for June, July and August, but members should watch for notifications of possible impromptu events.
Watch for email in early to mid-June so members can vote on the PVBC slate of board members for the coming year.
Special tribute: Maynard Davis is stepping down from the treasurer position and coordinator of the bird seed sale. He has been on the board for eight years. Guy thanked Maynard for his outstanding service to the club and gifted him with a lifetime membership as a token of gratitude.
Guy paid special tribute to Maynard Davis who is stepping down from the board after eight years as treasurer. As a token of gratitude, the club awarded Maynard a lifetime membership.
Guy also recognized the contributions of former club president, Doug Rogers, who has been functioning as a club ambassador to other organizations in the area. Doug is also stepping back from extra duties.
Guest speaker: Myrlene introduced John Franklin Garrett of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology who gave a presentation on eBird: A New World of Birding.
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:05 PM.
Mary Ann Kirkpatrick