MINUTES OF THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BLUEBIRD CLUB MEETINGS   Leave a comment

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BLURBIRD CLUB

MINUTES 

AUGUST 3, 2019

 

President Bill Wallace presiding

 

Newcomers:

Susan Bulger introduced H.W. Song, who will be helping her at the Los Coyotes Country Club.

 

Treasurer’s Report: Jo-Ann Collier Treasurer:

Sign Sales brought in $15.58      Expenses, $439.50             Donations to SCBC $236

CCI Net $  8,564.70         SCBC Net $  6,226.84           Combined $ 14,791.54

 

Jo-Ann received a very nice thank you note from Monique, Sully’s daughter for the lovely flower basket Jo-Ann sent the family which included a beautiful bluebird nest she had received in an arrangement when her son Arron passed away.

 

Tom Hery  who manages our database, talked about a new sheet for members to use if they choose, to record more info about their trails, including GPS locations, type of tree box is in.  This information would be added to the database and would help locate your boxes if someone needed to take over your trail in the future.

 

Jim Semelroth -Sully Realon Founders Scholarship

Talked about Sully’s memorial & about 12 of our members attended the service.  Bill, Gillian & Jim suggested creating a founders scholarship in Sully’s name.  Peter Tiner presented a motion, Moved that the SCBC establish a Founders Scholarship Fund to be used exclusively for grants and scholarships to young bird and environment enthusiasts”. The motion was voted in.

We will form a committee to oversea the Scholarship fund. We’ve received donations  of $2175.00 so far. 

Terri talked about 2 products to use to keep ants out of our boxes.  The products are BugSnub & Nectar Fortress & you can buy them from Amazon. Both are non toxic.

She also showed little clear rubber cups to put over the wire to hold the gels.  The gel will not run out of the cups.  She bought these from Home Depot.

CCI Report – Gillian Martin

Lara Tseng the 13 year-old monitor Gillian has mentored from Mission Viejo, attended 2 outreach community events on her own & setup displays with her display and some of the items Gillian loaned her. She’s also scheduled to give a presentation to the Mission Viejo City Council on Aug. 27th on the birds and environment in Aurora Park.

Gillian spent over a 100 hrs creating two presentations for July.   She was the keynote speaker for the day at the Phoenix Arizona Audubon & Arborist gathering. Her 2nd presentation was to the Sea & Sage Advanced Summer Camp on Oak Woodlands, titled “Tree-hole Tenants of California’s Oak Woodlands”.  In addition, she wrote an article for the CCI website, “What a Tree Means To A Bird”.  It will also be in two publications. She also thanked Sandrine Scherson for sharing her bird photographs, which Gillian uses in many of her presentations.

While in Phoenix, she visited Arizona Botanical Gardens, where she took photographs of cavity nesting birds in the Saguaro cactus, which included Doves & Cactus Wrens. Bill mentioned they could visit the Cal  State Fullerton Arboretum to see their cactus garden.

She did another presentation at the Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach.

Presentations:

Sandrine Biziaux Scherson, gave a presentation on the Coastal California Gnatcatcher breeding in UCI Ecological Preserve. She did a presentation on the Gnatcatchers that included her  beautiful photographs.  The Gnatcatchers are presently on the endangered list, and developers in the state are constantly trying to get them removed from the list, so they can develop more of our coastal areas.  In addition, Sandrine maintains the Facebook page for the Sea & Sage Audubon.  She’s also a docent for the Least Tern project in Huntington Beach. 

Survey & SCBC Literature – Bob Franz

At the end of the meeting, each monitor told how long they had been monitoring their trail, who helped them when they started, & how many boxes they are monitoring.

 

 Other business

  • 2020 NABS Convention March 11-15 Kearney Nebraska, join the Sandhill Crane

migration. Expect very cold weather Rain, sleet or snow

  • UC ANR Expo, September 28th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Need 2 volunteers to

man our booth. 

Announcements:

Remember the “Brews & Blues” event at the Fullerton Arboretum on Aug. 17th $45 admission.

Upcoming Presentation: –

Upcoming presentations

  • September – OC Birds of Prey
  • October – Dick Newell, Mammals in Orange County

Trail Trails all

 

Next Meeting September 7, 2019 @ 9:00am

Respectfully Submitted,

Kim Van Huizen

 

 

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