The COAC annual business meeting included a SWOT Strategic Planning session on March 3, 2019. Jackie Augustine, Co-President of COAC, introduced the activity as a great way to get feedback from a diverse audience on the priorities and direction of COAC.
This is the report of the SWOT Strategic Planning conducted from 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. during the COAC annual business meeting at Novak Education Center in Aurora, Ohio on March 3, 2019.
Jackie Augustine, President of COAC, introduced the activity as a great way to get feedback from a diverse audience on the priorities and direction of COAC.
Facilitators recorded comments from small groups asking about the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) related to COAC. The following paragraphs detail the ideas that participants generated for each topic. The COAC Board of Trustees will use these comments to formulate a strategic plan for COAC.
~ Submitted by Jackie Augustine, Facilitator.
Above: Photos of the Annual Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) Business Meeting & 50 Year Anniversary Celebration.
Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) members, affiliates and interested individuals gathered to promote chapter development by sharing the best practices, brainstorming solutions to common problems, and building relationships at the Annual Meeting and 50 Year Anniversary, Sunday, March 3, 2019 hosted at the Novak Education Center in Aurora, Ohio.
1. ) CONVENING. The Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) met at 11:00 a.m. on March 3, 2019 at the Novak Education Center, 382 Townline Road in Aurora, Ohio 44202. Attending were Izabela Grobelna of Audubon Great Lakes (AGL); Liz Woedl and Carly Zeis of Audubon Miami Valley (AMV); Carol and John Lillich, Jim Tomko, Mark J Demyan, Mary Salomon, and Matt Valencic of Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland (ASGC); Heather Farrington of Audubon Society of Ohio-Cincinnati (ASOC); Mary Ann Wagner of Blackbrook Audubon Society (BBAS); Jim Jablonski of Black River Audubon Society (BRAS); Linda Chen and Alan Dolan of Canton Audubon Society (CAS); David Gourley of Dayton Audubon Society (DAS); Daniel & Therese Sheffer and Ned Delamatre of Greater Akron Audubon Society (GAAS); Jackie Augustine and Volker Jeschonnek of Tri-Moraine Audubon Society (TMAS); Fran Mentch, Lisa Del Rio, Liz McQuaid, Nancy Howell, Kurt and Carol Miske, Tom Fishburn, Tim Colborn, Tom Romito, Rynette Vall, Ryohei and Kaoru Tsubone of Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society (WCAS); Affiliate attendees representing or members of Birders of Miami University, Black Swamp Bird Observatory, City of Cleveland Office of Sustainability, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Kirtland Bird Club, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, Mentor Marsh Nature Center, Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative (OBCI), Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association (ONAPA), Ohio Ornithological Society (OOS), Ohio Sea Grant, Ohio Young Birders Club, Ohio Wetlands Association, and Sierra Club Ohio; and Betsey O’Hagan, COAC Administrator.
2.) NOVAK SANCTUARY BIRD WALKS. Two Novak Sanctuary Bird Walks (morning and afternoon) were scheduled for Sun March 3, 2019. The morning walk from 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. was led by Matt Valencic and Jim Tomko with volunteer support by Kaoru Tsubone. Photographers were Tom Fishburn, Matt Valencic, and Kaoru Tsubone. Targeted species were incubating Eagles, Cedar Waxwings, Red-headed Woodpeckers and Eastern Bluebirds.
3.) WELCOME. At 11:00 a.m. Matt Valencic gave a summary report of the morning bird walk. Jim Tomko, President, Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland, welcomed attendees and announcements for the day. Slated COAC Board members, Jackie Augustine and Liz Woedl welcomed attendees, thanked hosts, sponsors, and provided an overview of meeting deliverables.
4.) OPENING CO-SPEAKERS & SWOT ANALYSIS. At 11:15 a.m. Dan Best, Western Reserve Naturalist presented a call to action for the group entitled, “The Vision: A Collective Voice for Conservation”. This was followed by, “The Unifying Power of Social Technologies” presented by Betsey O'Hagan, Digital Strategist & Network Coordinator, COAC. At 11:45 a.m. Jackie Augustine led a COAC SWOT ANALYSIS Feedback March 2019 with the group to inform COAC strategic planning. The morning session concluded at 12:30 p.m. WATCH #LIVE COAC Mtg 03032019 SWOT ANALYSIS
5.) LUNCH AND BUSINESS MEETING. LUNCH: Attendees enjoyed a catered or brown bag lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. We each paid for our own lunch. BUSINESS MEETING: The COAC Business Meeting Agenda Sunday, March 3, 2019 began at 12:45 p.m. led by slated COAC Board of Directors. Nancy Howell opened the session with the COAC Workshop Finance Report and the supplemental COAC Finances Chart April 2018-Feb 2019. Next, review and acceptance each of the COAC Meeting Minutes of October 1, 2018, COAC By-laws and Mission Statement 2019, COAC Board Members 2019 Proposed, and a proposal from the Board to fund the COAC Platform Project (COAC Platform Report 03-03-2019, Annual COAC Platform Budget) for an additional six months. One vote from each Chapter present voted and passed the proposal by a majority of 9 votes and 1 abstention. Lunch concluded at 1:30 p.m.
6.) AFTERNOON SESSION I. From 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., members, individuals, and affiliate representatives conducted a ‘Resource MashUp’ session to share information organized by four common topics. Presenters spoke about the conservation work they propose/do, what they are looking for, and resources they can offer toward mutually beneficial collaboration activities and projects. See the topic agenda and presenters below:
7.) AFTERNOON SESSION II. The 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m., members and affiliate representatives conducted an ‘Idea Stations’ session preceded by an introduction and how-to by Kurt Miske, Chair, Conservation Committee, and Tom Romito. All Kinds of Signs provided signage. The four Idea Stations hosted the following conversation topics:
8.) WRAP UP AND NEXT STEPS. Jackie Augustine and Liz Woedl closed the meeting. Jackie thanked members and affiliates for attending and encouraged them to continue to be engaged. Liz closed the meeting with a tribute to COAC from Greater Akron Audubon Society.
The COAC Participant Feedback Survey was distributed and attendees asked to return completed surveys to registration before departing. The meeting had 50 registrants and 46 attendees. This survey was completed by 33 attendees.
Survey results are summarized below:
9.) ADJOURNMENT. The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.
10.) The group is seeking a host for the quarterly workshop scheduled for Sunday, June 2, 2019.
~ Respectfully submitted by Betsey O’Hagan, Administrator, COAC, March 10, 2019.
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Results for the Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) Participant Survey for the COAC Annual Meeting & 50 Year Anniversary on March 3, 2019.
The meeting had 50 registrants and 46 attendees. This survey was completed by 33 attendees. 35% of attendees were first time attendees who said they are 56% 'Very likely' to attend a COAC workshop again.
IDEA STATION REPORT FOR 03-03-2019
1. This is the report of the idea stations conducted from 2:45-3:45 p.m. during the COAC annual business meeting at Novak Education Center in Aurora, Ohio on March 3, 2019.
2. Kurt Miske and Tom Romito, Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society, introduced the hour by explaining how WCAS used the idea station technique last fall.
3. Facilitators led conservations with meeting participants in breakout sessions to accelerate idea-sharing. Some participants rotated between idea stations at 10-minute intervals and some stayed for all 30 minutes allocated to the idea-sharing.
4. The following paragraphs detail the ideas that participants generated at each idea station.
5. PLASTICS AND CHEMICAL POLLUTION (Fran Mentch, Northeast Ohio Sierra Club, facilitated).
6. YOUTH, DIVERSITY, AND ACCESSIBILITY. (Liz Woedl, Audubon Miami Valley, facilitated).
7. FUND-RAISING. Here’s what participants said they are doing or could be doing in their chapters to raise money for their operating budgets and projects (Tom Romito, Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society, facilitated).
8. COAC EDUCATION, EVENTS, AND RESOURCES (Tim Colborn, Ohio Ornithological Society, facilitated).
9. IDEA STATION REPORTS. The four facilitators reported out to the main group on the content that participants generated in their stations. Kurt and Tom presented a brief summary of the Idea Station concept and suggested possible steps forward.
Welcome COAC Affiliate Organizations!
Please welcome COAC affiliates either 'officially' represented, have members/staff attending, or are unable to attend but want to remain connected to participate in a future COAC activity:
Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) Sunday, March 3, 2019
Times may vary. In consideration of the large attendee response, and wanting to remain open to all, meeting organizers appreciate your patience and flexibility.
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM-WORKSHOP WELCOME | INTRODUCTIONS
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM-UPDATES & BUSINESS MEETING
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM-LUNCH
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM-RESOURCE MASHUP
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM-BREAK
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM-IDEA STATIONS
4:00 PM - BIRD WALK (Optional. See information below.)
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About BIRd walks at the Blanche Katherine Novak Sanctuary
BIRD WALKS (optional)
9:30 AM & 4:00 PM
Event: Novak Sanctuary Bird Walks
Date & Time: Sunday, March 3, 2019, 9:30 am & 4:00 pm
Location: Novak Education Center, 382 Townline Road, Aurora, Ohio 44202 Map
Leaders: Jim Tomko, President, and Matt Valencic, Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland, and Kaoru Tsubone, Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society support leader volunteer.
Participating photographers: Matt Valencic, Tom Fishburn, Kaoru Tsubone, and others.
Target Species: Incubating Eagles, Cedar Waxwings, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Eastern Bluebirds. Printable Bird Checklist
Description: The Novak Sanctuary is 152 acres of successional forest, high-quality wetlands and old fields. Our walk takes us through open fields into young successional forest where occasional wet openings offer micro habitat for birds and amphibians. Continuing through slightly older forest will take us to a small valley with dense thickets along a stream, an especially good area for migrating songbirds. Up the hill and left brings us to a spacious blind overlooking a cattail marsh with an active Eagle nest at the far end. A slight detour north will bring us to the beaver pond, surrounded by shrubs and mature beech/maple forest, a dream habitat for birders and naturalists. Red-headed Woodpecker, Belted Kingfisher and migrating waterfowl regularly use this habitat. We will be early for most migrants, but the abundant edge habitat throughout the sanctuary could serve up some surprises. WATERPROOF MUD BOOTS ARE RECOMMENDED as the trail will be muddy.
Directions: Go to the Novak Education Center, 382 Townline Road, Aurora, Ohio 44202 and meet in the parking lot about 100 yards south of the building on the east side of Townline Road on the Aurora/Mantua border. The Novak Education Center building is located on the Blanche Katherine Novak Wildlife Sanctuary and State Nature Preserve.
About The Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland’s Novak Education Center
The Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland’s Novak Education Center The Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland’s Novak Education Center is situated on the Blanche Katherine Novak Wildlife Sanctuary and State Nature Preserve located at 382 Townline Road, in Aurora, Ohio. Map
About the Blanche Katherine Novak Sanctuary: In 1991 Bill Novak donated the Blanche Katherine Novak Sanctuary to Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland (ASGC). The 152 acres of farmland, forest, and high quality wetland has lain fallow since the 1950s. It has been designated a State Nature Preserve. Most of the woodland is a 70 year old Beech/Maple – Oak /Hickory forest but some is older and some is in earlier successional stages. The fields are being maintained through 5 year rotational strip mowing and spot spraying with a wetland approved herbicide in an effort to control invasive buckthorn. For 10 years we have had a pair of Bald Eagles nest and fledge eaglets which are viewable from the blind with a spotting scope. The fields have a good number of American Woodcocks involved in courtship display during the spring. Often Cedar Waxwings are seen gleaning berries and regularly a pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers is seen working the snags of the beaver pond. Later in the spring and early summer the fields occasionally host Bobolinks. The trail is often muddy in the late winter and spring so waterproof mud boots are recommended.
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