MINUTES OF THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BLUEBIRD CLUB MEETINGS   Leave a comment

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BLUEBIRD CLUB

April 7, 2018

Irvine Water District Meeting Room

Bill Wallace opened the meeting at 9:00 am. There were 47 people in attendance. New Attendees: Maggie from City of Orange. She found the club through the website. Shane Peters, grandmother, and Uncle Neal Peters. Neal has a trail, he brought his nephew, Shane who had helped him with his trail and was interested in the bluebirds.

A discussion was had about woodpeckers in Yorba Linda using the bluebird boxes. It was mentioned that new piece of wood with the correct size hole for bluebirds could be put over the opening that had been enlarged by the woodpecker. Gillian Martin said that since we were interested in helping cavity nesting birds we should allow the woodpeckers to use the boxes. Woodpeckers would not use boxes unless the environment did not contain enough natural areas to make their nests.

Jo-Ann Collier’s Treasuer Report: CCI donations $155.00, Sign sales $48.00 (paypal). Expenses $90.19. Net $8688.15.           SCBC donations: $150.00.Net $3204.75. Combined Total $11892.90

Gillian Martin’s Caviaty Conservation Initiative Report:

Delivered educational kit for student teachers at Pitzer College Dept of Environmental Education and gave a presentation on habitat value of dead trees

Songbird Care and Wildlife Conservation Center (in Sebastopol, CA) purchased our Wildlife Tree poster and created their own.

Wrote an article about value of dead trees for Sierra Club Niagara Group in New York.

Ecologist from Bogota, Columbia contacted CCI for input re snag policy for their city.  Reports our website very helpful to him.

CCI will draft a sample snag management policy for municipalities.

Conducted site review visit at Coto de Caza Golf Course for re-certification as Audubon Sanctuary Program ($240). Provided Superintendent with resources to meet requirements for educational outreach

Tree Care for Birds and other Wildlife Project

Articles in latest edition of Arborists News:

  • Preventing harm to wildlife during tree care
  • Enhancing habitat in live and dead trees during tree care
  • Guidelines for removing dead wood from trees
  • The unintended consequences of pesticide use

Met with Ad Hoc Committee of Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture to further discuss take over of the project

Assisted with two events involving immature owls. First:  Rescue of Great Horned Owl in backyard in Los Angeles. Homeowner, South Bay Wildlife Rehabilitation and West Coast Arborists assisted

Second owl event was problematic. Owls had to be taken to wildlife rehab center

INTERNATIONAL AUDUBON ASKS

Protect the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Please go to:

Action.Audubon.org/MBTA

Please attend next month’s meeting: Why Birds Matter?

Presentation by Shannon Lynch, Doctoral student at UC Santa Cruz. She is studying plant disease ecology in the Department of Environmental Studies. She is working to advance basic research on he threat of Fusarium dieback to the various habitats throughout Southern California in collaboration with Dr. Eskalen at UCR and her advisor Dr. Gregory Gilbert at UCSC.

Title: The Fusarium Dieback – Invasive Shot Hole Borer Pest-Disease Complex

The female have the wings and are the ones that move to new trees. They always attack healthy trees. They tunnel into the tree and lay eggs introducing fungi. The SHB feeds on the fungi garden. The tree reacts by plugging the vessels (tunnels) to protect itself but ends up over protecting itself and the tree starts to die from lack of water. The optimum temperature for growth is 86 degrees. The Fusarium Shot Hole Borer came from Vietnam. There is a wasp there that controls the FSHB. There are 63 hosts that support the beetle’s reproduction, 20 that are native to California. The beetle does not skill the avocado tree. It attacks the branches and they can be cut when found infected. If a tree needs to be cut down it should be chipped to ½”. That will kill 99%. Then plastic should cover the chips for 3 to 6 months. The area of control: Cultural/Sanitation, Chemical, Bio-control, Deterrent Chemicals.

www.eskalenlab.ucr.edu 

www.pshb.org

Bob Franz discussed the many uses for Diatomaceous Earth. He brought 2 bottles donated to the club from Wild Birds Unlimited, Yorba Linda.

Jim Semelroth showed slides of a hummingbird mom, babies and nest that were in his yard. He brought in a branch with the nest attached.

Next meeting May 5th, 2018 @ 9:00 am

Respectfully Submitted

By Danette Davis, Secretary

 

Past Minutes

SCBC April 7 2018

SCBC March 3 2018

https://bluebirdssc.wordpress.com/minutes-archives/

SCBC meeting notes 11-4-17

Minutes of Oct 7, 2017

Sept 2nd 2017

August 5th 2017 (002)

SCBC July 2017

SCBC June 2017

SCBC May 2017 (003)

SCBC April 1 2017 meeting notes

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scbc-notes-dec-3-2016

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SCBC Sept 3 2016

SCBC August 7 2017

July 2nd 2016

June 4th 2016

SCBC May 7 2016 notes

SCBC April 2016

SCBC meeting notes 3-5-2016

SCBC meeting Feb 6 2016

Jan 2nd 2016

SCBC MEETING DECEMBER 5 2015

SCBC MEETING NOVEMBER 7, 2015

MEETING OF OCTOBER WAS CANCELLED

SCBC MEETING SEPTEMBER 5

August 1 2015

SCBC MEETING JUNE 6 2015

SCBC May 2, 2015 (1)

April 4th 2015

SCBC MEETING NOTES March 7, 2015

SCBC MEETING NOTES Feb 7 2015

January 3 2015 minutes

Southern California Bluebird Club, notes of December 6, 2014

SCBC NOTES 11-1-2014-1

SCBC NOTES for October 4 2014

SCBC Meeting Notes for September 6, 2014

SCBC NOTES August 2, 2014

SCBC MEETING NOTES July 5 2014

SCBC Minutes June 7 2014

SCBC Minutes, May 3 2014

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March 1, 2014 Minutes

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Posted August 18, 2011 by yankeejim

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