Write now and help stop the as- sault on Alaska’s Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. A part of the Outer Continental Shelf, they’re one of the world’smost biologically unique, envi-ronmentally sensitive - but least studied - marine ecosystems. Cur-rently undisturbed, they face im-minent oil and gas development
- while little relevant scientic
research has been done and littlebaseline data is available to evalu-ate or monitor impacts.The shallow Chukchi is the most productive high-latitude sea inthe Arctic. The Beaufort is a mainwhale migration route, and itshealth is critical for many species. Ice is the distinctive and DAN-
GEROUS feature of both. The ice
edge produces myriad phytoplank-ton on which depend all marineand Coastal Arctic wildlife spiral-ing up the food chain, eventuallyincluding the native peoples living
nearby. BUT THERE IS NO WAY TO CLEAN UP A SPILL IN BRO
KEN OR SOLID ICE. And, it’s
dark 24/7 during the winter! Even routine discharges, noise, air
pollution, vessel trafc and habitat
encroachment will further stressareas already impacted by climatewarming. The answer: stop leas-ing; obtain up-to-date comprehen- sive and credible research; and go from there.
Write comments “Re OCS Oil and
Gas Leasing Program 2010-2015,”
and mail BY SEPTEMBER 14 to
“Sec’y of the Interior Ken Salazar;
c/o Ms. Renee Orr; Chief, Leasing
Division; Minerals Management Service, MS 4010; 381 Elden St.; Herndon, VA 20170-4817.”
Deadline loomsto help Alaska Seas
By Arlene Flisik
Get me to the church on time
We’ll meet at Palmetto’s 1st United Meth
As we discussed
at our meetings last season, wehave decided to changemeeting locations. This
was strictly a nancial
decision to save money.Over the summer, a team
visited ve suggested
locations looking for afacility that would meetour needs. We were ableto secure the First Unit-ed Methodist Church of Palmetto, 330 11th Ave.West, Palmetto. Thischurch is about a milefrom our previous meeting location and will be as convenient for most of our members. From
Bradenton, go north over the Green Bridge (U.S. 41), turn left at the base of the bridge onto
Riverside Dr. West, go three blocks to 11th Ave. West, turn right to 330 11th Ave.West. From
Parrish and Palmetto, take U.S. 41 south, turn right onto Riverside Dr. West (before the bridge),
go three blocks to 11th Ave. West and turn right to 330 11th Ave. West.
The new location will cost $75 each meeting
– half what we were paying at our former loca-tion. Over the summer a devoted member wanted to insure that our meetings would not bedisrupted and made a $150 donation to cover two meetings. It is with thoughtful members likethis that we can continue to provide educational programs and events for the membership.
Thanks to all
who suggested locations, those who visited locations and donors who keep usgoing with their contributions.
By Barbara Singer, President
Thank you to our trip leaders
who led enjoyable adventures during the 2008-2009 season.They were Don and Bobbi Benson, Steve Black, Bob and Nancy Dean, Arlene Flisik, Chuck
and Joann Froman, Dee Hanny, Ron and LaDonne Mayberry, Chuck and Ginny Oshaben,
Patty Petruff, Carol Webster, Bob and Lucette Wombacher, and Connie Zack.
You do not have to be an expert birder
to lead a eld trip. It requires that you plan and lead
the group and send in a write-up for the
. There are always “expert” birders on thetrips who share their knowledge. We need new volunteers to lead trips which will take the bur-den off those who lead more than one trip per year. We have exciting plans for 2009-2010 andwe hope you will participate. To volunteer, contact me at 758-2929 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Greetings to ALL members.
This year our chapter is planning to have a new and more activeBeach-nesting Bird Stewardship monitoring and protection program. I have volunteered to beand have been chosen to be Co-ordinator of the program for the chapter. I am seeking volun-teers to participate. The most active part of the project will be next spring but I want to get ahead start. I will be providing more information in the near future and will accept any sugges-
tions and help. Please contact me if you are interested. Dee A. Hanny--941-745-1553 or email
me at email@example.com.