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September 2008 Trogon Newsletter Huachuca Audubon Society

September 2008 Trogon Newsletter Huachuca Audubon Society

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President’s Message
Hello again, Yes, I and the rest of the slate of officers were accepted without dissent at our June picnicmeeting. We still lack Chairpersons for Conservation and Programs, I’ll be pleased to talk withanyone with an interest in either of these positions. I am happy to see a few new names comingforward - welcome Anne, Catherine, and Sandra and I hope you’ll all stay awhile. Upon completionmy annual report showed 25 people had donated 1,500 hours to run HAS last year, that was impressive but I anticipate even greater numbers this year. Help prove me right.It is unfortunate that SW Wings was again held during the first week of school, this severely reducesthe number of attending youngsters, for whom, thanks to Ginny Bealer we again offered a challengingBird/Mammal quiz. We received a total of 
four
entries and awarded book prizes to only two of thethree proposed age categories - the winners were sisters on vacation from Cape May, New Jersey. Of the twenty bird box kits we sponsored in conjunction with Ramsey Canyon Preserve, only nineattracted new owners! We will have to reconsider our participation in next year’s Wings.Remember to mark the “third Tuesday” on your calendars for September, October and November.Programs: “Bats”, “Xmas Bird Counts”, and “Gray Hawk Nature Center.” Our meetings will remainin the Horace Steele Conference Room at Cochise College this fall, but at no cost to our chapter, so nomore pleas for donations. December 6
th
we will again hold our annual Holiday Party Potluck at theResearch Ranch, courtesy of Linda Kennedy, Director.Regards, MikeSeptember 20081
THE TROGON NEWS
HUACHUCA AUDUBON SOCIETYPost Office Box 63, Sierra Vista, Arizona 85636
Volume XXX Number 3, September 2008
 
Committee News
The chairpersons for the chapter committees are as follows: Conservation: <vacant>; Education:Ginny Bealer; Programs: <vacant>; Membership: Ginny Bealer; and Outings: Alan Blixt and RobertWeissler. Please contact the relevant chairperson if you would like to find out more information aboutthe activities of a particular committee.
 Shop at our Marketplace! And raise money for Huachuca Audubon!!
Help raise funds for the Huachuca Audubon Society by shopping at our onlineMarketplace. Just click on the shopping bag banner on the left side of the Huachuca Audubon Society home page(www.huachuca-audubon.org) and raise money for us! Please remember that ONLY purchases madeonline at participating merchants accessed by clicking on our website Marketplace banner first willraise money for us. Otherwise, the merchants will
not
be able to return a portion of the purchase costto Huachuca Audubon.
Welcome to New HAS Members!
We would like to welcome our newest HAS (and Friends of HAS) members: Lavonne and GaryAckley of Douglas; Virginia Schnell of Klondyke; Nancy Asdell of St. David; and Larry Stone of SanSimon. 
Volunteer Opportunities with Huachuca Audubon: Get Involved!
 New members in particular may be interested in getting involved with our organization. There iscurrently a vacancy for the Conservation and Programs Committee chairpersons. If you enjoy planning field trips to interesting birding destinations – and there is no lack of those in southernArizona – then consider taking on this role with our chapter.We continue to seek an Editor for the Trogon News. Currently, due to a full time job and his other commitments, Robert Weissler can accommodate only quarterly issues. We would prefer to return toour customary monthly publication schedule if an interested person steps forward. Useful skills for this position include document editing and layout using a word processing package like MicrosoftWord, OpenOffice (free download), or NeoOffice for the Mac (also free download). Also, modest photo editing skills are helpful, e.g. iPhoto for the Mac.Help and guidance are readily available for any volunteer position of interest. If you wish to join us, please discuss with Mike Guest or any other officer listed on the back cover of this newsletter.September 20082
 
Interested in Monitoring Breeding Birds in the Huachucas?!
A new study is in the planning stages to commence next year, namely a project to determine the effectsof fuels reduction (thinning the forest, prescribed burns, etc to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfireand improve forest health) on cavity-nesting birds (especially Whiskered Screech-Owl and Lucy'sWarbler) as well as a host of other neotropical migrants and gamebirds. Huachuca Audubon is a partner in this prospective project and plans to organize volunteers to monitor breeding birds in thestudy area. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months...! -Robert Weissler,weissler@aves.org.
Local Programs and Events
Check the web site (http://www.huachuca-audubon.org) for the latest updates to the schedule of events.
HAS monthly meetings will remain in the Horace Steele Conference Room at CochiseCollege this fall.Sep. 16
th
, Tuesday, 7:00 pm. HAS Monthly Meeting,
Bats of Southern Arizona
.
Oct. 4-5
. Arizona Field Ornithologists (
AZFO
) state membership meeting in Flagstaff.
Oct. 11
th
,
Saturday
. Arizona Audubon Conservation Summit Meeting
in Tucson.
Oct. 21
st
, Tuesday, 7:00 pm. HAS Monthly Meeting,
Ted Mouras on Ramsey Canyon CBC.Nov. 18
th
,
Tuesday, 7:00 pm.
 
HAS Monthly Meeting,
Sandy Anderson on Gray Hawk Nature Ctr.Dec. 6
th
, noon Saturday.
HAS Holiday Potluck Social.
This event will take place this year once again at theAudubon Research Ranchat 366 Research RanchRoad south of Elgin. Check out the map and directionsto the ranch. Contact Linda Kennedy for  additional information atsacaton@theriver.com.
Upcoming Field TripsSept. 6
th
, Saturday, 7am. HAS Field Trip to
Environmental Operations Park.Sept. 10
th
,
 
Wednesday,
 
7:00 am.
FSPR bird walk 
. Meet at San Pedro House.
Sept. 24
th
, Wednesday, 2pm. HAS Field Trip to
Scheelite Canyon.Sept. 27
th
,
 
Saturday,
 
7:00 am.
FSPR bird walk 
. Meet at San Pedro House.
Oct. 8
th
,
 
Wednesday,
 
8:00 am.
FSPR bird walk 
. Meet at San Pedro House.
Oct. 15
th
, Wednesday, 7:30am. HAS Field Trip to
Garden Canyon
.
Oct. 18
th
, Saturday, 7am. HAS
Hawk Stalk in Brown Canyon.Oct. 25
th
,
 
Saturday,
 
8:00 am.
FSPR bird walk 
. Meet at San Pedro House.
Nov. 11
th
, Tuesday, 8am. HAS Field Trip to
Grasslands & Del Valle Rd.Nov. 12
th
,
 
Wednesday,
 
8:00 am.
FSPR bird walk 
. Meet at San Pedro House.
Nov. 22
rd
, Saturday, 8:00 am. HAS Field Trip to
Gray Hawk Ranch and Nature Center
.
Nov. 22
rd
,
 
Saturday,
 
8:00 am.
FSPR bird walk 
. Meet at San Pedro House.
Dec. 9
th
, Tuesday, 8am. HAS Field Trip to
Whitewater Draw
.
Jan. 10
th
, Saturday, 8am. HAS Field Trip to
Whitewater Draw
.
Jan. 27
th
, Tuesday, 8am. HAS Field Trip to
Grasslands & Del Valle Rd.
September 20083

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