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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BLUEBIRD CLUB MINUTES

DECEMBER 7, 2019

President Bill Wallace presiding – Nesting boxes are available for $20. Donations are always welcome.

NEWCOMERS: Nathan Taxel, O.C. Park Ranger, and Tim Brown of the Upper Newport Conservancy.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Founder Sully Reallon left a number of new, “Bluebird Geezer” T-Shirts…Available to members.

GUEST SPEAKER: Laura Tseng, 12 years of age, made an excellent, informative and detailed presentation on her year-long eggshell research project.  Lara spoke of a bird’s need for calcium and her belief that feeding them cooked eggshells would be beneficial compared to feeding them human junk food.  She cooked and crushed eggshells and made them available to birds in her back yard to track their use of this source of calcium throughout the seasons.  She also supplied bird seed in separate containers and compared their seasonal consumption of bird seed.  Her study indicated that birds consumed more calcium in the spring & summer, as well as more bird seed.  This coincided with their nesting season.               Laura processed the eggshells as follows: (1) Rinse the shells clean. (2) Air dry the shells. (3) Sterilize the shells in the oven at 250 degrees for 10 min. The shells were crushed to “corn-meal sized pieces.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Jo-Ann Coller                                                                                                                       CCI Net $8,617.14               CBC Net $7,632.62          COMBINED:  $16,249.76                                                              A detailed report is always available from the Treasurer, Jo-Ann Coller. ($2,885 in the Scholarship Fund.)

CCI REPORT:  (Cavity Conservation Initiative) Gillian Martin.  Gillian reported that the Tree Care for Birds and other Wildlife newsletter was sent out.  She wrote two articles which were accepted for publication: one for the Western Arborist and the other for Arborist News.  She notes that the tree care industry is beginning to fully appreciate the relationship between trees & birds.

Gillian had a booth for the Tree Care for Birds program at the Student Arbor Day Summit at Cal Poly.  She was able to meet with students of arboriculture, arborists & other tree related businesses.

She was also able to work with So. Cal.  Edison employees to relocate a wooden pole that was removed by the company, but unfortunately had been an acorn granary for Acorn Woodpeckers at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary.  Edison is replacing some of these wood poles with metal poles to reduce fire risk.  When circumstances allow, Edison has agreed to relocate other wooden poles because they provide nesting cavities and food storage for birds.

OLD BUSINESS:  The Founders Scholarship Fund members are asked to encourage applicants for project awards or prize. The application period will be announced on 2020.

OTHER BUSINSESBill Wallace, of the Speaker’s Bureau, is going to address the Whittier Garden Club on January 10th, and the Orange County Geranium Society in Orange. Date to be scheduled.                                                       The Fullerton Arboretum is having a Succulent sale Sat. & Sun.

OF SPECIAL NOTE:   Don’t miss the “LUMINARIA” at the Fullerton Arboretum next Sat. & Sun. Dec. 14th & 15th …Call the Arboretum for information?

The next meeting will be on January 4, 2020 at 9:00am

Respectfully Submitted,

Jane Olinger

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