CU Reporter March/April 2003

Wednesday, March 12, 2003
Millville Public Library, Gant Room P
Millville 6:30 p.m.-8:30

Guest Speaker:
Clay Sutton
Naturalist, Biologist, Author of
Birding Cumberland – A Birder’s Guide to Cumberland County, NJ


Birding GuideLong-time Citizens United consultant Clay Sutton is pleased to present a slide show highlighting some of the changes that have occurred since the publication of his first county birding guide. He will also share some of the current seasonal highlights.

Clay Sutton is a naturalist and biologist. He is an author and co-author of numerous books, and magazine and journal articles. He and his wife, Pat Sutton, are co-authors of How to Spot an Owl, How to Spot Hawks & Eagles, and How to Spot Butterflies in the popular Houghton-Mifflin series. In addition he works as an environmental educator, birding tour leader, and environmental consultant. A lifelong resident of southern New Jersey, he is a founding member of the South Jersey Land Trust and an appointed member of the Endangered and Nongame Species Advisory Committee of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. Clay was the Cumberland County coordinator for the Breeding Bird Atlas Project. He and his wife Pat compile the Cumberland Christmas Bird Count, and live “just over the border” from Cumberland in Cape May County. Cumberland County is among his very favorite places to bird.

His engaging writing style, intimate knowledge of Cumberland’s environs and ornithology, and his enthusiasm for birding is evident in the text. Illustrations by Louise Zemaitis offer glimpses of the winged wonders that lead many travelers to tote their binoculars when visiting our local environs. Birding Cumberlandprovides detailed descriptions of most of the County’s best birding areas. Ten individual birding tours are presented.

Clay will be available to autograph the guides. If you need to purchase a copy or haven’t had a chance to have yours signed you can do so at the meeting.

snow and iceOTHER MATTERS
Members Richard Jones, Fred and Julie Akers, and Jane Morton Galetto will be going to Washington in March to discuss continued funding for Wild and Scenic River Partnership program grants. These grants have helped us fund documentaries, create our website, develop signage, and implement aspects of the Comprehensive Management Plan for the local Wild and Scenic rivers.

The County Raptor Festival was a great success with over 800 folks in attendance. A special thank you to members Leslie Ficcaglia, Joanne Murphine, Pete Dunne, Ethan Aronoff, Steve Eisenhauer and all for their contributions to the event.

The new birding guide has received an enthusiastic reception. Press coverage of the unveiling was excellent and sales are off to a great start.

Tell your friends that we’re offering a special deal for the months of February and March. Sign up for a new family membership and receive a free copy of the new guide – a $12 value. Have them send their contribution to CU, PO Box 474, Millville, NJ 08332. Make sure they tell us that they want Birding Cumberland.

Citizens United’s location committee has made arrangements to try a new venue for our meetings. Until further notice they will be held at the Millville Public Library. We have a wonderful working relationship with Wheaton Village and continue to partner on activities. We look forward to a similar relationship with the Millville Library. The March meeting is on Wednesday the 12th but henceforth we will convene on the second Thursday of each odd numbered month.

May 8, 2003 – 6:30 p.m.
July 10, 2003 – 6:30 p.m.
September 11, 2003 – 6:30 p.m.
November 13, 2003 – 6:30 p.m.

CU on the River!