MINUTES OF THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BLUEBIRD CLUB MEETINGS   Leave a comment

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BLUEBIRD CLUB MEETING 

 Minutes January, 5, 2019

The opening remarks were made by President Bill Wallace.

-There were no newcomers to introduce.

-Treasurer Jo-Ann Coller gave the annual Treasurer’s Report.

CCI      Net balance                       $9,876.82

SCBC    Net balance                      $4,083.15

Combined balance                       $11,00. 872

 

CCI Review –  Gillian Martin

The State of California ruled to continue to support the historic interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act despite revised (and weakened) interpretations newly established at the Federal level by the current administration.

An e-newsletter will be published in 2019 and will be sent to a contact list of almost 2,000. It will be able to be easily read on one’s cell phone.

The TCB Quarterly Report has been sent to the Board of the Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.

Various educational materials produced by the CCI and TCB program have been shared with the Sea and Sage Audubon Society.  Sea and Sage loaned Gillian 25 nests to be photographed.  These images are to be among the resources used by the TCB program to educate the landscape maintenance industry on how to prevent harm to nesting birds.

Sims Trees is now packaging their bottled olive oil in nesting boxes.
Gillian has sent the company the SCBC’s article on and how to prevent tragedies in back yard boxes in the hope that they will include them with each sale.  The company is already including another resource, Why Birds Matter, taken from a handout given to them by Gillian.

Gillian has created a new handout concerning what one should do BEFORE  removing a dead tree.  It will be on the CCI site soon and will also be included as a link in the  e-newsletter in Jan.

Eva Lydic and Stan Howard of the Audubon Society are working with Gillian to develop a plan to help Home Owner Associations protect birds during tree and landscape care.

We have been asked to support a Botanical Garden at the Great Park in Irvine by sending a letter to the Great Park Board of Directors/Irvine City Council.  Draft letters were provided by Gillian.

There has been an early return of swallows to our area…December and not the usual February.  Will that mean early nesting?

NABS and their affiliates across North America get calls concerning bluebird tragedies.  President Bernie Sanders of the North American Blue Bird Society wrote a piece about this in their last magazine.  His report prompted Gillian and Susan  Bulger to write an article addressing ways to prevent harm to bluebirds.   NABS will publish this article, and Susan and Gillian have a plan to widely distribute it in California.

Susan announced that there are a variety of books that can be checked out from her.

Bill noted that we still have a lot of orphan boxes.  Monitors are needed.

Next month the Club will have a presentation by Dr. Pat Marts speaking about the proposed Natural History Museum in the Great Park in Irvine, and a Botanical Garden, hopefully to be built in connection.

Our members have been offered a tour of Prado Dam by CSFU graduate student Natalia Doshi and her supervisor.   Bill Wallace will ask if the tour can be held on a date other than the club’s meeting date.  Twenty people said they would attend the tour.

Next month we are asked to share a piece of knowledge, tool or equipment that would be of help to other nest box monitors.  We will be reviewing monitoring guidelines and handing out updated materials at the next meeting.

There is currently no agreement on whether ventilation holes should be put in boxes in our region.

A presentation on the history and current status of the Salton Sea was made by Dr. Tim Bradley, Professor of Biology at UC Irvine.  He is also a member of the Science Advisory Committee to the State of California for the Salton Sea.  He talked about the changes in the Sea that have occurred over the years.  References were made to times when the water level and quality were sufficient to support abundant fish and birds especially during migration on the Pacific Flyway; the Sea was also a vibrant recreational attraction for residents and tourists.   Complex water management issues have severely impacted the sea to the point that its future appears to be doomed as a dead Sea.  There are also growing health risks to the people of the surrounding region from inhaling highly poisonous PM10 dust particles that arise from the broadening playas created by the shrinking Sea.  There is about $80 million available for mitigation and many complex mitigation options are under consideration, but progress has been slow and frustrating.  There is a chance that the State will be sued by environmentalists in order to prompt effective action to save the Sea.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 A.M.

Submitted by Jane Olinger, SCBC

 

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