Monthly Virtual Speaker Series – September 10

Featuring Annie Bracey, U of MN, Duluth, presenting “Motus Avian Monitoring Network and Common Terns”

Please join in to watch the first online presentation of the Saint Paul Audubon Society’s 2020-21 Speaker Series. This new monthly series of talks in a virtual format is taking the place of our monthly in-person meetings for now.

Our September speaker is Annie Bracey, a PhD student in the Conservation Sciences program at UMD, who also works at the Natural Resources Research Institute in Duluth. Her dissertation research is on the life-cycle biology and conservation of Lake Superior Common Terns and includes tracking technologies to document movements of adults and juveniles throughout the year. She also works on large-scale monitoring of Great Lakes wetland birds and restoration of the St. Louis River in Duluth.

Annie has provided the following overview of her upcoming presentation: “The Motus Wildlife Tracking System is a network of coordinated, automated radio telemetry arrays used to study animal movement at multiple spatial scales. I will provide background information about the Motus Network, describe how our research group at the Natural Resources Research Institute in Duluth has been using Motus, and provide examples of species we are currently studying with this technology, including the Common Tern and Rusty Blackbird. I will also briefly discuss how this network is hoping to expand throughout the Midwest portion of the United States.” She will also talk about the new Motus monitors at Carpenter Nature Center and Sax-Zim Bog.

To watch the presentation, simply go to saintpaulaudubon.org/events/, find the meeting link for that date and click on “Join us.” The presentations will also be taped and posted on our website, for additional viewing.

Note: The Zoom presentation is limited to the first 100 people to login.

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The Saint Paul Audubon Society 2019 Annual Meeting

The Saint Paul Audubon Society Annual Meeting is on May 9 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of elections of Board Members and Officers. It precedes the evening program.

In accordance with procedures used by most nonprofits, the SPAS Board voted at the February 2019 Board meeting to change the approval process of the annual budget. The proposed Fiscal Year Budget is to be posted for information and comment on the SPAS website starting April 1 of each year for at least 28 days, after which time the Board will approve a final budget.

Comments should be received by Treasurer, Louise Eidsmoe  eidsmoel@comcast.net  by May 2, 2019.

Click here for PDF version of 2019-2020 budget

 

Proposed Budget  2019-2020 by Board 2-4-2019  
SPAS FY is 6/1 – 5/31     Dec 31 2018 Prop Budget
REVENUE  YTD-5/31/18  17/18Bud  18/19 Bud 18/19 YTD 2019-2020
         
         
Conservation Committee
Field trips and Warbler Weekend  $   3,160  $ 3,500  $3,500  $  3,500
Landscape Revival event  $  1,270  $     500
meeting snacks  $       62  $  –
Fund Drive – Endowment
Fund Drive – Operating Fund  $ 10,475  $ 9,000  $ 9,000  $ 8,313  $ 10,000
Donations  $    300  $  300  $      450
Memorials
 $      –
 Dues: from National  $  7,057  $  6,300  $ 6,300  $   270  $   7,000
 Grants – Endowment  $  2,023  $  2,000  $ 2,000  $   2,000
 Interest  $       20  $    –  $       5  $        12
 Outside Grant  $  3,100  $    –  $   –  $     –
Total Revenue  $ 27,147  $ 21,120  $ 21,100  $ 8,588  $  23,462
         
Total  $ 27,147  $ 21,120  $ 21,100  $ 8,588  $  23,462
EXPENSES 17/18 actual 17/18 Bud 18/19 Bud 18/19

YTD Dec

19/20

Budget

Equipment & Display  $      300  $      300  $    300
Fund drive
Insurance  $   315  $    350  $   350  $   315  $    350
Membership Recruitment  $    100  $   164  $    200
Misc & Contingency  $     36  $    150

 

 $  150  $    142  $    150
Operating Expenses  $     291  $    600  $   600  $    188  $     600
Conference (Upper Midwest)  $     300
Web Page  $  1,815  $  2,000  $ 2,300  $    500  $  2,000
Web Page Development  $     –
operating exp – total  $  2,457  $  3,500  $  3,700  $ 1,309  $   3,900
Conservation Committee  $  2,180  $   2,000  $  4,000  $  1,526  $   6,000
Education Committee  $      500  $     500  $  1,500  $    1,500
Landscape Revival  $     939  $      –  $     557  $     275  $    1,500
Birdathon & Butterfly Count  $     258  $      200  $      300  $       300
Christmas Bird Count
           sub- total  $  3,377  $   2,700      
Field Trips incl Warbler Wkend  $  4,575  $          4,500  $  3,500  $    228  $   4,500
Member Meeting Programs  $   1,900  $         2,700  $  3,000  $ 1,045  $   2,100
Ramsey Cty Birding web map  $   4,000  $         5,000
           Programs subtotal  $ 10,475  $ 12,200  $ 11,857  $  4,574  $ 15,900
Art and Misc – Newsletter  $      100  $      100  $      100
Design – Newsletter  $    1,000  $   1,000  $   1,000
Labels – Newsletter  $     150  $       32  $      150
Postage – Newsletter  $   2,550  $   2,700  $     600  $   2,700
Printing – Newsletter  $  8,000  $  8,000  $  2,005  $   8,000
               Newsletter subtotal  $  9,375  $ 11,800  $ 11,800  $  2,637  $ 11,950
MEP membership  $     150  $      200  $      200  $      150
Audubon/ other  $     100  $       –
MN Ornithologists Union  $       75 $         75 $       75  $     75  $       75
Grants  $ 1,500 $    2,000 $  2,000  $  4,000
Audubon of the North Woods  $ 2,000 $    2,000 $  2,000
Support to orgs – total  $  3,825  $   4,275 $  4,275  $     75  $  4,225
         
Total Expenses  $ 29,509  $ 34,475  $ 31,632 $ 8,595  $ 35,975
         
total expenses  $ 29,509  $  34,475  $ 31,632 $ 8,595  $ 35,975
Income – expenses  $  (2,362)  $(13,355)  $(10,532)  $    (7)  $(12,513)
Notes:
Savalajo Grant of $3,100 was received in FY 17/18 but spent in FY 18/19
Landscape Revival had remaining income of $331 received in FY 17/18  but spent in FY 18/19