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POSTPONED General Meeting and AGM: Biodiversity in the Barrenlands
April 16 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
Our AGM is postponed until September.
We would normally hold our AGM in April, at which time we would elect a new executive and approve an annual budget. After discussing a number of options, we decided to put off the AGM until September. This means that the current President (me), Past President and Vice-President will continue in their positions, though it is likely that some duties will be transferred to the presumed replacements identified by the Nominating Committee.
It also means that we will need to operate with a provisional budget and seek approval in arrears in September. Our Treasurer, Larry McCurdy, has developed a budget proposal for the 2020-2021 fiscal year and the executive has had time to consider it in depth. We will be recommending this budget to the membership in September. It does not involve any significant changes from the way we have traditionally allocated funds, so we are confident that the members will support it in September. If any changes need to be made there is scope to do so because we will at that point only be just over one third of the way through the fiscal year.
KFN General Meetings are held the third Thursday of the month at Ongwanada Resource Centre. Social begins at 7pm with meeting beginning at 7:30pm.
Past meeting minutes are available here.
April meeting is our Annual General Meeting(AGM). We will have a short report about our activities in the past year, the budget will be presented, and the 2020/2021 Executive will be elected.
After the work is done we will have a slightly shorter presentation.
A long-time member of the Kingston Field Naturalists, Carolyn Bonta recently joined the Executive as Field Trips Coordinator. Carolyn’s talk will take us on a tour of the tundra biome of the north-central Canadian Arctic where she has spent the past two summers conducting fieldwork. The Arctic climate has been warming rapidly in recent decades, and Carolyn’s study area is within the range of the precipitously-declining Bathurst caribou herd. This presentation will highlight how changes in climate and large herbivore populations can drastically alter vegetation communities and patterns on the tundra landscape.