The Board of Directors met on Tuesday, May 2, to plan upcoming events. The next event will be the annual picnic held at Russell Joy Park (upper pavilion), July 27 at noon. Members are asked to bring their own place setting, drinks other than coffee and water and a dish to pass. Membership dues will be collected at this time for 2013-2014. Each member upon payment of dues will receive a chance to win the door prize. Other raffles will be held for 50/50 and other gifts. Members must be present to win. The cost for the picnic is $5 for members and $8 for non-members. Committee members will be calling the membership for reservations. New members are always welcome.
Events being held throughout the year will include a Columbus Day celebration in October, cooking class, St. Joseph's Day celebration and possibly a day trip in May 2014. Members will be notified through e-mail, the OBSERVER and telephone to make any necessary reservations.
Anyone requesting more information can contact president, Sam Crisanti at 934-2592 or attend the board meeting, held the first Tuesday of each month at JCC Conference Center.
Lake Erie Bird Club
Thirty-nine members attended the recent meeting of the Lake Erie Bird Club. Dr. Terence Mosher conducted the meeting and also presented the program for the evening. In his program entitled "Birds, Blooms and Butterflies of Chautauqua County" he discussed the birds, wildflowers and butterflies that may be seen during specific periods of time in spring. He discussed how often it happens that when people go out to look for birds at a particular time of year, they will also discover a particular wildflower or butterfly at the same time. So much depends on the weather and where one is looking.
He began his presentation with mid-March, when one might hear or see a great horned owl, and also see skunk cabbage and mourning cloak butterflies. Following are the time periods with birds, wildflowers and butterflies that may be seen at that particular time: late March: wood duck, coltsfoot, and compton tortoiseshell; early April: red-shouldered hawk, spring beauty and cabbage white, pine warbler, hepatica and spring azure; mid-April: blue-gray gnatcatcher, marsh marigold and eastern comma; mid-April: yellow-bellied sapsucker, wakerobin trillium, and american lady; late April: broad-winged hawk, dutchman's-breeches and red admiral; early May: scarlet tanager, long-spurred violet, clouded sulphur; mid-May: bay-breasted warbler, painted trillium, eastern tiger swallowtail; late May: whimbrel, lady slipper, black swallowtail; early June: cedar waxwing, primrose, baltimore checkerspot. He concluded by saying that one of the great things about birding is all of the links that can be discovered to wildflowers and butterflies. Janet Centner and Joan Baker provided the refreshments for the meeting.
Twenty-one members of the club participated in the annual Buffalo Ornithological Society April bird count. They covered areas in Northern Chautauqua County as well as their own yards. A total of 103 species was reported with 10,616 individual birds. Joanne Goetz served as compiler.
Club members will participate in a Bird and Wildflower Walk on Monday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at Greystone Nature Preserve, 8531 Bear Lake Road, Fredonia (located between Burr Road and Chautauqua Road). Diane Clark and Bill Moran will host the walk led by Mosher. All who are interested in birds and wildflowers are welcome to attend. For more information, call 673-1627.
Northern Chautauqua County Club Association
The Northern Chautauqua County Club Association recently held its regular monthly meeting at the J. Carter Knapp Post in Forestville.
Tom Halicki of the Post welcomed the group to his club for the first time.
All officers were present, and one club was not represented.
The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a moment of silence for all deceased club members.
Secretary Janet Rozen read the minutes of the previous meeting, while Treasurer Janis Dibb gave the financial report. Motions were made and seconded to approve both reports.
Guests included former Mayors Charlie St. George and Dick Frey, and newly-elected Silver Creek Mayor Nick Piccolo.
Special guest speaker was Dr. Jessica Mierzwa of Forestville Chiropractic. Dr. Mierzwa spoke about the need to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. She also gave some safe lifting tips, and told how to avoid repetitive stress injuries. She then fielded questions from those in attendance.
A discussion was held as to problems at a member club, and possible courses of action.
A donation was made to the Dunkirk Moose Club toward their freezer party in June.
The next meeting, the last of the current season, will be held at the Silver Creek Overseas Veterans Post, 13 N. Main St., in Silver Creek Sunday at 10:30 a.m. All club members are welcome to attend.