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General Meeting - March 13, 2004

Following coffee and conversation at 9:30 a.m., President Barbara Coleman called the General Membership Meeting of the Kirtlandia Society to order at 10:03 a.m. in the Rare Book Room of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. She welcomed all members, CMNH staff, and guests to the meeting. Attendance was outstanding with approximately fifty-eight (58) present. Guests were asked to introduce themselves.

President Coleman announced the death of Maynard Murch IV, former President of the Museum's Board of Trustees. A memorial service was held at the Museum on Monday March 8. She also announced that an immature red-tailed hawk has been sited visiting the area around the Museum. A bald eagle was seen around the Perkins Wildlife area, "flirting" with Saturn, on February 14 and several subsequent days.

Treasurer Charles Greenwald reported that, through January 31, the Kirtlandia Special Projects Fund, which supports the Adopt-A-Student program, stands at approximately $13,500. There will be additional dollars reported in February. The Adopt-A-Student Endowment and Investments Funds continue to increase and are up another $2,000 to $158,800.

Ann DuFresne and Walt Stephens reported on the upcoming AAS program. To date, twenty (20) applications have been received with March 29 as the application deadline. Using a $900 surplus from last year, we have enough available to fund almost six (6) students. However, additional dollars are needed to fund all eight (8) proposals from the curators. Walt gave a brief history and overview of the AAS program for those not familiar with it. President Coleman then explained the plans for the special 25th Anniversary party for the AAS Program. It is hoped that some past graduates of the program will come and mingle with this year's group. Invitations will be sent out along with a questionnaire as to where they are now, what they are doing, and how the AAS program affected them, etc.

President Coleman further announced that Virginia Krumholz, Museum and Kirtlandia Archivist, resigned from the Museum and we do not know what, if anything, will be done with our Archives in particular. Jane Litt, Chairman of the Education Committee, is still in Hawaii. The next meeting of her committee is scheduled for Wednesday, April 7. The Museum's new exhibit, Senenkunya, opens today, and Barb encouraged everyone to take a look. Ann DuFresne suggested that members take fliers and distribute to friends, churches, and businesses in their communities.

On behalf of Membership, Barb Sciulli reported that we have a new member, Faye D'Amore.

Bob Taylor, Program Chairman, introduced Holly Ferrante from the Biology Department at Cleveland State University. She is conducting research on "Coyotes in the Cleveland Metroparks and Cuyahoga Valley National Park" and gave a very thorough and informative presentation. Holly has been involved with this research since the summer of 2001 when she began doing howling surveys. Ohio's first documentation of the coyote was in 1919. Although these medium-sized predators are native to the Great Plains, there has been a gradual expansion of their territory to rural areas. The coyote more closely resembles a dog than a wolf. There is a variety in coloration, and size varies regionally, with the eastern coyote larger than the western. The seasons also affect size. Coyotes can live as individuals, as pairs (mate for life), or in family groups or "packs." They are very opportunistic carnivores with a varied diet, and will eat vegetation or whatever is available. They adapt to their surroundings and have been moving steadily into urban areas elsewhere. Central Park has them, as has Chicago (telemetry study). Coyotes are now found in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and in most reservations of our Metroparks, including Rocky River, Bedford Reservation, and the Ohio & Erie Canal, etc. Among the general concerns regarding these animals are their distribution and numbers, their habitats, and their impact upon other species. There is open season hunting for them. Holly described her studies of the coyotes through howling surveys, diet analysis (scat), telemetry, wildlife cameras, and DNA from scat. She will be doing diet analysis through 2004. Howling studies continue as well as DNA studies, etc.

Following questions and answers, the meeting adjourned at 11:35 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Susan MacDermott
Recording Secretary

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