President's Message by Gary Will - February 2017

Wow! If you don’t like CNY winter wait a day or two and it will change. The way I see it in my backyard it appears we MAY have a repeat of last year’s winter complete with snow, cold, warming trends, back to cold and more snow. I hope this year it doesn’t affect the vegetation like apple and nut production like last. Certainly the north country has had their fair share of snow. Time will tell.

2017 is shaping up to be another great year for the Foundation. Currently we have more members than we have had in the last couple of years. The credit is due to those that have recently asked friends, former colleagues and relatives to join.

Looking forward, our upcoming seminars will be very interesting. The first, one will be at Fort Drum which is north of Watertown, NY. on June 28, 2017., to be held at Fort Drum, presented by Dr. Paul Curtis (or one of his graduate students), from Cornell University will bring us up-to-date on a research project on Fawn Survival and Mortality at Fort Drum funded by AWCF. The Board will meet at 10:00 a.m.; the program will run from 1:00-3:00 p.m. that afternoon.

The second seminar will be in September, hopefully a field trip to the Cornell Ornithology Lab. Stay tuned for that one.

Most of you know that the AWCF operated on earnings from a portfolio established with our endowment. Since the first of the year the three indices of the stock market are very positive. For the Foundation, we too are riding a high and we’ll be in good shape to select and fund several projects.

On this website you will find an essay from the President of the Oneida Lake Association and member Scott Shupe. I found the topic on “global warming” rather interesting and thought provoking. It is a long but easy read. You may find yourself asking, “How will the next generation deal with our natural resources?”

This year AWCF will focus on membership and growth of the portfolio. Please be part of this important movement. If you have questions please ask any of the officers or Board members how you can become involved.

Think Spring!

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