2016-2017 Meetings and Events
Our chapter holds a general meting each month, September through June, We have a guest speaker at our regular meetings. Themeetings are open to the public, and provide a good introduction to our group for prospective members. We meet the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Master on the NE corner of Kathleen and Ramsey. Please check our website for any last-minute changes. Our June meeting is a picnic, the location announced in the May Newsletter. Our board meeting are held the first Tuesday of each month. Go to board meeting minutes
Next meetings will May 9th - Tuesday
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Lutheran Church of the Master, 4800 N. Ramsey, CDA
Speaker: Rae Chartlon, from the Bonner County History Museum in Sandpoint
Program: Rae will present a talk about the arboretum that surrounds the museum grounds. The PowerPoint presentation will tell the history of the garden as well as native plants that are there.
Audubon Summer Barbeque and Picnic
Date: June 13, Tuesday
Place: Picnic area at City Park in downtown CDA (across from the merry-go-round building)
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Bring your own dishes and silverware and a dish to share. There will be a barbecue going as well. Coffee and soft drinks will be available.
This is a good time of fellowship and sharing. See you there! Some free parking can be found near the picnic area, or other parking is available close by.
Project FeederWatch - starts in November
January 1st - Time to turn in your personal Yard List totals for 2016 to: Doug Ward, email@example.com and to start your 2017 list.
Great Backyard Bird Count
Yard Sale fundraiser - in March
John James Audubon Birthday
Kootenai Environmental Aliance
Or call the office at 667-9093, or email KEA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Following is a copy of the letter that the Coeur d'Alene Audubon sent to the BLM in response to their proposal of a Bike trail system and building of a trail across an Important Bird Area east of Coeur d'Alene at the Wallace L. Forest Conservation Area. It will probably be a few months or more until we hear of an updated draft. I will keep everyone informed.
I am President/Conservation Chair of the Coeur d'Alene Audubon Society and, representing the views of many within our group, I write this letter in response to information received about the Wallace L. Forest Conservation Area at Blue Creek Bay, Vegetation Treatment and Trails Proposal. We on the Board realize that the window for official comments on the draft is closed, but have been assured that our views can still be submitted and taken into consideration.
There are two specific areas which are disconcerting to our group: 1) the creation of a trail across a wetland meadow/riparian area connecting the west and east sides of the Project, and 2) development of a "skills area" off of Bonnell Road.
We request that the concept of any trail through the wetland meadow area be abandoned. This land is within an Audubon Important Bird Area where bird counts have occurred every month for the past fourteen years. A trail here would cause serious negative impact on the nesting places and habitat of passerines. If a trail is absolutely necessary, consider, please, instead, a trail adjacent to the already present roadway.
The development of a "skills area" is also worrisome because of the destruction of the vegetation and bird habitat it would cause. (Perhaps moving this skills area to the Canfield Biking Area - Nettleton Gulch Site- which has less potential for negative effects on residents and already has significant bicycle use and damage.) If a "skills area" is allowed at Wallace Forest Conservation Area, we request a "no sporting events" clause be written-in; these would undoubtedly lead to a larger number of bikers during a concentrated time, and would cause greater upset to the wildlife/birds/plants in that area.
Thank you for reading our concerns and taking them to heart. Please think of the birds of the area as important as each of the other groups affected by this Proposal.
Midge A. Marcy-Brennan