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MINUTES OF THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BLUEBIRD CLUB
February 15, 2020

-The meeting was called to order at 9:00 A.M by President Bill Wallace.

NEWCOMERS: Tobi Neer with Jerry Millett, – Michal Wolpoff, Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course 

PRESENTATION: Lara Tseng who described her Egg Shell/Calcium project to correlate Bluebird Calcium consumption and breeding. This is similar to a study done by Cornell University on Eastern Bluebirds. She discussed how the shells are sterilized, crushed, placed in a small container fixed to the lids of the of nesting boxes, weighed periodically, and the information recorded and tabulated. She will then write a report.

The Club voted to support her project up-to $500 from the Founders Scholarship Fund. Several club members agreed to participate in the project.

TREASURERS REPORT: Jo-Ann Collier Reported: CCI TOTAL INCOME: $67.58 Total Expenses for Dec. & Jan: $1062.02 NET: $7,637.53 SCBC TOTAL INCOME: $489.43 Total Expenses $58.15 NET: $7960.26
COMBINED TOTAL: $15,597.79

-MONTHLY REPORTS: Gillian Martin reported that Lara Tseng has been introduced to Western Field Ornithologist Board member Lena Hayashi, who is encouraging Lara to apply for a WFO scholarship and attend their next annual meeting in 2020. NABS journal editor has indicated his interest in having Lara submit an article to their journal, Bluebird, about her bird and environmental advocacy for publication in their Bluebird Magazine. Jim Semelorth has agreed to publish Lara’s summary of her 2019 science project in the state newsletter, Bluebirds Fly!.

Gillian spoke at a training workshop for tree care providers in Tucson on the best management practices to reduce impacts to nesting birds. She also reported on the nest box conservation project of Tucson Audubon to support the Lucy’s Warbler.

She did a presentation on dead trees for the L.A. Audubon Society which has also indicated their interest in working with the Tree Care for Birds and other Wildlife programs to develop a substantial training program for tree care providers in the L.A. region. The Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture has established a Spanish Committee for tree care providers to enhance their professional skills. One of the Committee’s trainers, Oscar Sanchez, attended Gillian’s presentation at L.A. Audubon to learn about the habitat value of dead trees. Gillian provided him with many resources to share.
Gillian had a booth and attended the Western Tree Management Symposium. She reported on Sweden’s tree care industry’s strong commitment to retaining very old “veteran” trees and dead trees.
The Arbor Day Foundation will soon publish a Tree City USA Bulletin titled, Trees Are For The Birds—or should be. It is very comprehensive, and will be an excellent resource. The bulletin mentions the TCBW program and the CCI.

A small tree care company in Michigan, Trees First, wants approval to list the CCI as one of its partners. They are also requesting the use of CCI’s logo for their wildlife tree signs. This was approved by the SCBC’s Board via email.

In British Columbia, a private land owner and rancher has asked an oil company to reimburse him for the 15 dead “wildlife trees” that will be removed from his property as part of a ROW. The CCI was consulted to provide input on how to assess the value of the dead trees. The outcome to date is that $85,000 in reimbursement is being requested to recruit and manage 20 living trees as replacement wildlife trees.
Gillian Martin spends a great deal of time attending and participating in meetings and conferences, speaking and educating professionals and the public, and developing and designing informative materials. Thank you, Gillian.

OTHER REPORTS: The partial destruction of a valuable stream bed and riparian habitat on private, commercial land was reported in South Orange County. Gillian Martin explained the history of the case and what actions she has already take and is considering taking. Input from members and the Board of Directors was sought, and will be considered.
Future meetings will be on March 7th, April 4th, May 16th, and from then on, the first Saturday of each month, always at 9:00 AM.

Respectfully submitted,
Jane Olinge

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