Minutes from the February 2013 ASCA Meeting

Fletcher Library Meeting Room, 7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order by President Jane Gulley.  Barry Haas presented the January Minutes which were approved. Jim Dixon presented the Treasurer’s Report which was accepted. The February 23rd field trip to Halowell Reservoir and the Wrape Plantation, Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area, was noted on the meeting agenda.

Dan Scheiman announced the March and April programs which were also listed on the agenda.  Under Old BGusiness a possible donation to national Audubon Society to support the Christmas Bird Count was discussed and deferred until March. Dan announced some statistics on the Little Rock and Lonoke Christmas Bird Counts – number of participants, hours volunteered, number of species, rare birds, etc. Dan then launched the unique “Love of Birds” Valentine’s Day program – anyone willing to share why they love birds and some stories about the birding experiences. Dan started by reading a written submission by Bill Shepherd who was unable to attend the meeting. Next Dan told why he loved birds, followed by Samantha Scheiman, Jane, Craig and Dale Provost, Cindy Franklin, Lynn Christie, Keith Hawkins, Doris Boyles, Dottie Boyles, and finally Rayma Hawkins. Brave souls, all.

Under New Business Website “Hotspots” were discussed and deferred until the March Meeting. Another item concerned a possible donation of $100 or more by ASCA which would get our name on a plaque at Two Rivers park for publicity purposes. Dan mentioned the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count from February 15-18. The continued efficacy of the Rare Bird Hotline was discussed. Jim Dixon made a motion that a ASCA checking account be opened at First Security Bank and after a second by Dottie the motion passed. Dottie said a $100 donation had been made by one of her coworkers in memory of her mother. The donation will go to the Halberg Ecology Camp.

Under Other Business Barry made note that the third and final reading of the Lake Maumelle Land Use Plan and Zoning Code ordinances was scheduled to take place February 26 at the Pulaski County Quorum Court meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 8:35 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Barry Haas


Minutes from the January 2013 ASCA Meeting

Fletcher Library Meeting Room, 7:00 p.m.

The annual ASCA planning meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.  Six people were present at 7:00 with one more arriving late.

Immediate past treasurer Ed Laster along with current treasurer Jim Dixon presented the December financial report and the proposed 2013 budget.  Each category of income and expense was explained, and after several changes were made the 2013 budget was adopted after a motion by Barry Haas, second by Jim and unanimous approval.

Bill Shepherd, who was sick and absent from the meeting, sent a request to Jane Gulley that ASCA donate money to National Audubon Society for the Christmas Bird Count.  Given Bill’s absence, that item was deferred until the February meeting.

In addition to a possible CBC donation that was not included in the 2013 budget the Rare Bird Hotline annual expense of almost $400 was discussed.  That item was also deferred until the February meeting to seek input from DeLynn Hearn.

Committee reports and field trips were as stated in the January meeting agenda.

Dan Scheiman was absent so his report on the Little Rock and Lonoke CBCs was deferred until February.

Barry gave a brief update that the Pulaski Co. Quorum Court would most likely be voting on the county zoning code and land use plan affecting the Lake Maumelle watershed at their late February meeting.  Positive elements in the proposed ordinances include prohibited uses and stream buffers, but residential density at 10 times that allowed by the Lake Maumelle Watershed Management Plan is a major risk factor to future water quality.

The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.