Meeting Notes

The camera, Gene Blacklock field trip and Petco Raffle was a great success!  Mary Huckabee of Little Rock, AR won the camera; Rubin Gonzalez of Corpus Christ  won the Petco gift certificate;  Barbara Baird won the birding trip with Gene Blacklock.  Adrienne Kerr initiated the idea of the Raffle and handled all the details.  She did a super job! $1215 was raised from the Raffle.  All the funds will be used to maintain the AOC Sanctuaries. Also, Earth Day sales brought in $576.  A big Thank You to those who stepped up and helped with the Earth Day Sales when Chairperson Pat Botkin was unable to participate.

The AOC shares a storage shed with the Nature Conservancy office located across the street from Blucher Park.  The Blucher Group stores numerous tools and items to be used when working at Blucher Park.  We want to thank John Shreves, our winter Texan member and dedicated volunteer, for installing shelving in the shed.  Now, everything is organized and accessible.  Great job, John.

May is "Member's Photography Sharing" month.  The monthly meeting, scheduled for May 12, provides an opportunity for members to bring their CD, thumb drive or DVD of bird photos that they would like to share.  Be sure to call or email Karen Smith  (361-877-9723, and let her know that you have photos to share. That way, she will know about how much time each presenter will have. Join in, bring your photos.  Everyone enjoys seeing birds.

Karen Smith, AOC vice president, is busy preparing the schedule of presenters for the next year.  If you have any suggestions, just let her know.  

Finally, if you have bird photos to share to put on the website, just email them to me ( or call me at 361-443-6799. Photos of birds taken at our Sanctuaries are particularly appreciated. Thanks!