NYCAAZK General Meeting Minutes – Saturday April 20, 2013
Location: Bronx Zoo, Admin East, Curator’s Room
Sarah Parker, Sara Koplish, Joe Nappi, Sarina Cella, Elizabeth Mills, Heather Tassler, Mo Ortiz, Michelle Medina, Robin Sutker, Cindy Maur, Danielle Steele, Flo Klecha
Lora Murphy, Kaitlyn Keys
- Training successes and trials share timeIdeas for scale training
- Reviewed last meetings minutes
- Barnanza – Tuesday, April 30th 7:00 PM at Tavern on 3rd, bring friends
o For future events we are considering some sort of bring non-members get in free deal
- May Meeting/ Enrichment Bonanza – May 20th in Flaherty Learning Center
- National Zookeeper Week – July 21-27th, night event, keeper profiles, keeper grams, gifts
- BFR – Still approving venue, possibly Lucky Strikes
- Run for the Wild – April 27th
- Photo Contest live May 1st, please push interest on Facebook, etc.
o Finishing up rules
o Will discuss if it is worth it to produce a calendar, and if we do we will get it printed much earlier
- AAZK National Conference call for papers deadline – May 15th
Treasurer Report of finances
- Still have $5000.00
- We need to re-work our mission statement to reflect how NYCAZZK has evolved since its creation.
- Thank you Michelle for all of your technical support.
- How can we make meetings more attractive?
- Do we have to meet every month? Can we meet at each facility independently every month with a collective meeting only every few months?
- Went over scoring guide for the travel grant recipient.
o VOTE: Unanimously voted for approval by committee using scoring template beginning with October travel grant.
- Travel Grant recipient presentation from Melissa Ortiz, Queens Zoo Vet Tech
o Applying for the Travel Grant to attend the Thirty-Third annual conference of Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians to be held Sept 5th to 9th in Seward Alaska by the Alaska Sealife Center
o She will be presenting this year on "Obtaining voluntary End Tidal Carbon Dioxide values in awake California sea lions"
o The purpose of this paper is to find out what CO2 levels sea lions live with comfortably while they are awake, compare it to their anesthetized values
§ In the future develop a case to see if this does in fact have to do with their dive reflex
o VOTE: Unanimously voted YES for Melissa to receive grant. Good luck!