COVID-19 and birding

Hi everyone,

So I know this is somewhat off-topic (and you are probably all sick of reading about COVID-19), so admin please delete if inappropriate. But in my non-birding day job I’m a physician, bracing for the ramping up of COVID cases and the horrifying specter of lives lost to this disease.

It’s become abundantly clear that this is a disease that needs to be beaten on the public health front, not at the bedside. As a member of a wonderful, vibrant birding community, with many birders “of a certain age”. I feel the need to speak up a bit about our responsibilities to each other and to the country as a whole.

As we’ve all heard, social distancing is key, and birding can be a wonderful form of social distancing. However, it’s not social distancing when you are riding in the car with other birders who don’t live with you. It’s not social distancing when you are clustering in groups, and certainly not when you are sharing optics such as scopes. Anyone of us can be exposed to the virus through asymptomatic friends, so to restrict yourself to hanging out with people who have no symptoms is not enough.

Since this began, I have gone birding once with another person. We met at the site, having come in separate cars. We kept 6 feet distance between us at all times, and did not share any optics. If you are not following procedures like that, you’re not social distancing. It’s also obviously important at more popular sites to avoid touching handrails that other people could be touching, as the virus can live on surfaces for up to three to five days. Frequent handwashing and use of at least 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer is also crucial.

It discourages me when I look on eBird and see multiple people reporting the same group checklist from a site. Maybe I am wrong, and they are all arriving in separate cars and keeping distance between themselves, but I doubt that’s the case. We are at a tipping point in this crisis, and as an educated and caring group we need to commit to doing everything we can to stop COVID-19. If we lose one member of our birding community because of this virus, it will be a tragedy. Make no mistake, if we do not change our behavior, that is near certain.

I am happy to answer anyone’s questions to the best of my ability. I’m in frequent contact with Cape Cod Healthcare’s COVID-19 response team, keeping up with all of the latest on testing and management of cases.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me anytime. I’m also on FB and can be messaged there.

Thank you for reading,

Peter Crosson, MD
West Barnstable, MA
capecodbirder@gmail.com

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 2018Prop 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
EXPENSES17/18 actual17/18 Bud18/19 Bud18/19

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