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Minutes NETFO Meeting, February 1, 2017,  Longview, Texas

 

The regularly scheduled meeting of NETFO was held at the Greggton United Methodist Church in Longview Wednesday, February 1, 2017,  Mark Edmund, President, presided.  Nine members attended.

Edmund welcomed everyone and then called for new or old business.  There was no new or old business. 

David Brotherton then gave a review of birds seen in the NETFO area for January 2017 using data from EBird.   Next Brotherton presented information about his and Luanne Brotherton’s recent trip to Webb County to see the Amazonian Kingfisher plus the other three “regular” kingfishers in this area.  They also did some birdwatching in several other counties in the area adding to their county counts.

It was announced that Mike Dillon will lead a NETFO field trip to the Neches River Wildlife Management area Saturday, February 4.

The next NETFO meeting will be Wednesday, March 1, 2017. 

 Meeting adjourned.

 

Wanda Bosmans, NETFO Secretary

 

Minutes NETFO Meeting, March 1, 2017,  Longview, Texas

The regularly scheduled meeting of NETFO was held at the Greggton United Methodist Church in Longview Wednesday, March 1, 2017,  Mark Edmund, President, presided.  Ten members attended.

Edmund welcomed everyone and then called for new or old business.  There was no new or old business.  Next Edmund gave a report on the recent NETFO field trip to the Neches River Wildlife Management Area on Saturday, February 4.

David Brotherton then gave a review of birds seen in the NETFO area for February 2017 using data from EBird.   Next Brotherton introduced Bob Metzler, NETFO member, who presented a program for the group on “Colorado Chicken Run”.  This was a TOS sponsored trip  that Metzler made with the Kim Risen’s NatureScape.  Using his personal photos and maps Metzler showed where he traveled and the many Colorado birds he saw and photographed.

The next NETFO meeting will be Wednesday, April 5, 2017. 

 Meeting adjourned.

Wanda Bosmans, NETFO Secretary

 

Minutes NETFO Meeting, January 4, 2017,  Longview, Texas

 

The regularly scheduled meeting of NETFO was held at the Greggton United Methodist Church in Longview Wednesday, January 4, 2017,  Mark Edmund, President, presided.  Seven members attended.

Edmund welcomed everyone and then called for new or old business.  There was no new or old business.  Next David Brotherton presented a summary of the recent NETFO Christmas Bird Counts.  Brotherton discussed the elements, for example weather conditions, that affected the counts.  Next he went over the highlights, the highs and lows of the count.  He also discussing the new species added to the list.  The species count per area are:

Saturday, December 17, 2016 - Longview CBC - 105 Species

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - Lake O’ the Pines CBC - 111 Species

Monday, January 2, 2017 - Murval CBC - 78 Species

Next Brotherton gave a review of the NETFO area for 2016 using data from EBird and then he discussed the birds that were highlights for the year for him and his wife, Luanne Brotherton.

Mike Dillon announced some dates in January for the NETFO field trip to the Neches River Wildlife Management area.  Plans will be finalized and an email with final details will be sent to all members.

The next NETFO meeting will be Wednesday, February  1, 2017. 

 Meeting adjourned.

 

Wanda Bosmans, NETFO Secretary

 

Minutes NETFO Meeting, December 7, 2016, Longview, Texas

The regularly scheduled meeting of NETFO was held at the Greggton United Methodist Church in Longview Wednesday, December 7, 2016.  Mark Edmund, President, presided.  Thirteen members attended.

Edmund welcomed everyone and then called for new or old business.  There was no new or old business.  Next a planning session for the Christmas Bird Counts began.

Edmund reminded the members of the dates for the Christmas Bird Counts.  The dates  are:       Saturday, December 17, 2016 - Longview CBC

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - Lake O’ the Pines CBC

Monday, January 2, 2017 - Murval CBC

Next Edmund handed out tally sheets and maps for the 3 Christmas Bird Counts.  Then areas were assigned.  Edmund then wished everyone “ Good Birding”.

Mike Dillon announced plans for a future NETFO field trip to the Neches River Wildlife Management area.  Plans will be finalized at the January meeting.

The next NETFO meeting will be Wednesday, January 4, 2017.  At this meeting David Brotherton will present a summary of the NETFO Christmas Bird Counts .

 Meeting adjourned.

Wanda Bosmans, NETFO Secretary

 

Minutes NETFO Meeting, November 2, 2016, Longview, Texas

The regularly scheduled meeting of NETFO was held at the Greggton United Methodist Church in Longview Wednesday, November 2, 2016.  Mark Edmund, President, presided.  Eight members attended.

Edmund welcomed everyone and then called for new or old business.  There was no new or old business.

Edmund reminded the members of the dates for the Christmas Bird Counts.  The dates  are:

  • Saturday, December 17, 2016 - Longview CBC
  • Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - Lake O’ the Pines CBC
  • Saturday, December 31, 2016 - Tyler CBC
  • Monday, January 2, 2017 - Murval CBC

Next, Edmund introduced David Brotherton.  Brotherton presented a discussion, “October Neat Stuff”. In this informative part, Brotherton discussed the water birds found in the NETFO area over the month of October.  He then presented a quiz with the waterfowl listed and asked members to list them according to their abundance.

Next Brotherton gave a presentation on “November Here Comes the Waterfowl”.  During this presentation, he told members about the birds to expect in November and the approximate dates they should arrive.

The next NETFO meeting will be Wednesday, December 7, 2016.  This meeting will be a planning session for the upcoming Christmas Bird Counts.

Meeting adjourned.

Wanda Bosmans, NETFO Secretary

 

Minutes NETFO Meeting, October 5, 2016, Longview, Texas

The regularly scheduled meeting of NETFO was held at the Greggton United Methodist Church in Longview Wednesday,October 5, 2016. Mark Edmund, President, presided. Eleven members attended.

Edmund welcomed everyone and then called for new or old business. At this time the dates for the Christmas Bird Counts were discussed and finalized. The dates will be:

  • Saturday, December 17, 2016 - Longview CBC
  • Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - Lake O’ the Pines CBC
  • Saturday, December 31, 2016 - Tyler CBC
  • Monday, January 2, 2017 - Murval CBC

Next Gene Peiter, NETFO treasurer, reported that the NETFO account balance was 2589.10.

There was no other business. Next, Edmund introduced David Brotherton.

Brotherton presented a program, “October, The Moving Month”. In this informative program, Brotherton discussed records of migrating birds moving through the NETFO area over the years and what we might see during the month of October. He also talked about unusual sightings over the previous years.

Brotherton announced that he would be leading an owl prowl Saturday, November 5, 2016, at Lake o’ the Pines. Details of the trip will be emailed to all members.

The next NETFO meeting will be November 2, 2016. Brotherton will discuss the “Weird Waterfowl”.

Meeting adjourned.

Wanda Bosmans, NETFO Secretary

 

Minutes NETFO Meeting,September 14, 2016, Longview, Texas

The regularly scheduled meeting of NETFO was held at the Greggton United Methodist Church in Longview Wednesday,September 14, 2016. Mark Edmund, President, presided. Eight members attended.

Edmund welcomed everyone and then called for new or old business. There was no business to be discussed. He then introduced David Brotherton.

Brotherton presented a program on hawk migration. This timely and informative program was enjoyed by all. Brotherton announced that he would be leading a hawk watch at Daingerfield State Park on Saturday, September 24.

A discussion of spotting tips and recent bird sightings followed the program.

The next NETFO meeting will be October 5, 2016. Brotherton will discuss the birds we should be seeing during October. .

Meeting adjourned.

Wanda Bosmans, NETFO Secretary

Minutes NETFO Meeting, May 4, 2016, Longview, Texas

The regularly scheduled meeting of NETFO was held at the Greggton United Methodist Church in Longview Wednesday, May 4, 2016.  Mark Edmund, President, presided.  Fourteen members and one visitor attended. 

Edmund welcomed everyone and then called for new or old business.  There was no business to be discussed.  He then introduced David Brotherton.

Brotherton discussed “special” birds seen in the NETFO area during the April migration.  He then asked the members to share the “special” birds they had seen during the recent migration period.

Next Brotherton introduced  Happy King, NETFO member, who presented the evening’s program on Sri Lanka, “Resplendent Island”.  King recently travel to Sri Lanka on a birding tour.  She shared the details of her adventure using her own pictures and pictures taken by Sam Woods, Tropical Birding Guide.  King’s informative presentation showed us not only the birds of Sri Lanka but also interesting cultural and historical sites.  Also pictures of the wildlife she saw on this exciting trip.

The next NETFO meeting will likely be in September 2016.  Edmund or Brotherton will send details about this meeting at a later date via email, and we'll post this information on our web site and on our Facebook group page.

Meeting adjourned.

Wanda Bosmans, NETFO Secretary