The Friends annual membership meeting was held Saturday January 30, 2016 at Gunston Hall. The members approved two changes to the organization's By-laws: 1) to lift the restriction on holding the annual meeting in January - the board now has flexibility within the first nine months of the year to schedule it; and 2) the minimum number of Board members was reduced from seven to five. We welcomed Harry Glasgow who volunteered to be a Director and was approved by the members. There are now six Directors but more would be welcome.
The members heard from three guest speakers:
1) Paul Baicich who spoke on Wood and Ruddy Ducks and on th eFederal Duck Stamp Program and its importance to the US Refuge system;
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2) Laura McDonald who spoke about Audubon's ongoing activities including upcoming waterfowl surveys. Laura is the only paid staff member of the Northern Virginia chapter of the Audubon Society, which is the largest chapter of the Audubon Society in the US; and
3) Daffny Pritchford – Potomac River Refuge Complex Manager who spoke about the status of the three refuges and plans for 2016.
Welcome visitors at Occoquan Bay NWR.
Assist staff with greeting visitors on the weekends. Volunteers are asked to commit to one shift per month. Shift length and time is flexible. If interested contact Rozz Wu, US Fish and Wildlife, Potomac River Complex - e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Potomac Pullers volunteers focusing on control, management, and prevention of invasive plant species to protect habitats and wildlife.
- Learn to identify invasive plants
- Map invasives using GPS
- Remove invasives
- Monitor results
- Increase public awareness
To join Potomac Pullers contact Rosalind Wu at 703.490.4979 or Rosalind_Wu@fws.gov.
Last updated: February 6, 2016