NC Audubon Chapter Day Feb 6 at the Zoo

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This is a great opportunity to learn about what other Chapters as well as NC Audubon are up too!  I hope you will join us.  If interested in carpooling let Becky Desjardins know.

Here is the vital info…

Date:  February 6, 2010, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location:  NC Zoo, Asheboro

This year the meeting will focus on projects that have the greatest potential for collaboration between the state office and chapters, as well as those innovative chapter projects that could provide inspiration for other chapters.  We’re going to have short presentations from some of the state office staff, followed by highlights from chapter representatives, followed by an afternoon session that we’re calling the “bird shuffle” where you will have a chance to talk to each presenter and get more details.

We’re asking each chapter to make a short (5 minute) presentation to the group that focuses on highlights from the previous year.  We’ve sent suggestions on topics to your president and they will be coordinate the presentation.  During your chapter’s allotted time, a representative from your chapter will present a short overview of your projects, discussing the pros and cons and insights that could help other chapters determine if they would like to pursue a similar project.  In the afternoon session each staff and chapter presenter will be stationed at a table where they can answer individual questions about their program or project.

Audubon North Carolina Chapter Day, February 6, 2010

9:30 a.m.- 10 a.m

Arrival and Registration

Arrive, register, and have a bite to eat with a continental breakfast of pastries, juice, coffee and tea.

10:00-10:20 am

Welcome and Introductions

Chris Canfield, Executive Director, Audubon North Carolina (Overview of coming attractions for 2010, i.e. Pine Island, update on policy issues)

10:20-11:40 am

Highlights from ANC Staff (Approx. 20 mins. each, incl. 5 mins. for questions at end of each section)

1. Curtis Smalling: IBA Program, including Adopt an IBA update and Year of the Birds

2.  Angela Mangiameli:  Coastal Program update and coastal volunteer opportunities

3.  Andy Wood:  Update on climate change activities and overview of Diamondback Terrapin project

4.  Ida Phillips:  Update on communications program, including Share the Beach

(Moderator:  Lena Gallitano)

11:40 – 12:00 am

Junior Naturalists – Wake Audubon

Youth from the JN club will talk about their interest in the program, what attracted them to nature watching and birding, how they heard about the program and what other chapters might do to attract teenagers to Audubon.

(Moderator:  Becky Desjardins)

12:00 – 12:30 pm – Lunch

Boxed lunches will include sandwiches, cold salad, fruit, cookie and beverages for those who have registered for lunch.

12:30 – 1:15 pm

Chapter Projects – A representative from each of the chapters will spend 5 minutes discussing 2 or 3 key projects. Wake does not get to double dip so I took the number out.

Facilitator:  Lena Gallitano

1:15 – 2:45 pm

The Bird Shuffle – approx. 6 minutes per station

Each presenter, including ANC staff and chapter representatives, will have a station in the room where they will be available to talk to attendees in more depth about the connections between state office and chapters within their particular program/department.  Attendees will rotate to talk with each presenter.  A bell/buzzer will sound time each rotation. Kind of like speed dating! J

(4 staff tables and 9 chapter tables)

2:45 – 3:00 pm

Into the Future Together – Chris Canfield

How to register:

If you plan to attend please register so we can keep a head count. Once you register we will send you directions to the Zoo.  There is no cost to attend chapter day, UNLESS you want to partake of the continental breakfast and reserve a box lunch; the combined cost of the meals is $17.00 (these are offered only as a package).  If you do not wish to reserve the meals, we encourage you to bring your own breakfast and lunch.  If you do reserve the meals when you register, please mail a check to our office or bring cash or check with you the day of the event.  But please register whether you are reserving the meals or not!

To register, please e-mail Anne Brown at: [email protected] or call her at 919-929-3899.  Please provide the following information:



Chapter affiliation

# of people attending

Ordering breakfast/lunch package (If you are!)  Please indicate if you prefer a vegetarian lunch.

Please register as early as possible –  deadline is February 1.