The meeting was called to order by Arie Gilbert at 8:10 p.m. The minutes of the previous meeting taken and read by Anita Kings were accepted by a motion made and seconded.
On old business: Lou Widerka noted there was nothing new on Ridgewood Reservoir.
Oakland Lake: Ian Resnick reported ongoing construction, but nothing definite could be seen.
Arie pointed out all the features of the new website. Beside the trip calendar, maps and reports, there are links to important birding sites, causes to support, and the humor in the Universal Laws of birding. The petition to save Plum Island can be found by clicking on the Links feature, and you can sign on to prevent development which could ruin Plum Island's habitats, pollute the Sound permanently, and shut out the public.
On new business: Arie noted that he spoke to Don Riepe from an organization called Friends of Jamaica Bay. Don was of the opinion that an attempt is being made to turn a world class natural wildlife center into a "park". Park denoting a place for people to have activities, while wildlife is pushed into the corners and habitats are compromised. Money is there for wildlife maintenance, but is not being used for it. Don felt it important to bring this information to bird clubs and other lovers of the natural world.
More new business: Arie noted that the damselflies book could be purchased at discount by writing the code: Facebook in the promotional line. He also has 40 copies of "Lets Go Birding" for sale; a good book for beginners. Check on the website under Fun Stuff and see proposed QCBC T-shirts in 3 different styles. If ordered in bulk, we can get a discount.
Upcoming trips: 10/30 Hawk Mountain, John Collins leader; 11/7 South Shore potpourri, Ian Resnick leader; and 11/13 Floyd Bennett Field, Eric Miller leader.
Stu Lipkin reported that the winter wren species was split: sub-species on west coast now the Pacific wren. He then took field notes.
Our guest speaker was Thomas Rhindress, a nature and landscape photographer. He considers himself a naturalist and advocates doing your own trip using local guides. He exhibited photos of all the places he has been to and the wildlife and birds he saw.
The meeting adjourned at 10:00 p.m. Linda Klempner