WHATS NEW WITH WESTERN BLUEBIRDS AND CAVITY NESTERS   Leave a comment

Almost ready to fly

It’s about time to get outta here, too crowded.

NEW PLANT GUIDE TO ATTRACT SONGBIRDS

Jim Semelroth and Gillian Martin of the SCBC, working with Tree of Life Nursery  in San Juan Capistrano (http://californianativeplants.com/) to produce a list of plants you can obtain to attract songbirds, including Bluebirds, to your yard.. Many insect eaters incorporate fruit, nuts and seeds in their fall and winter diet. These items can provide fat stores during winter and serve as a nutrition bridge before a high protein diet becomes necessary to support their new, growing families in spring. Please consider shopping for these plants at this wonderful nursery where gardening guidance is readily available.Click here to view the list. sage-songbirds-plants

AMAZING NEW STUDY ON CHALLENGES FACING BLUEBIRDS AND OTHER CAVITY NESTERS

By Gillian Martin

Global warming and climate change will affect bird species worldwide. In this slide show, Gillian Martin presents scientific studies summaries to alert birders of the dangers and possible methods to ameliorate the threats. The presentation was given to the Southern California Bluebird Club at its meeting on February 4, 2017. Click on this link to view the PowerPoint presentation:Challenges for Bluebirds

BLUEBIRD PHOTOGRAPHER, PEGGY HONDA,

CAPTURES BLUEBIRDS IN NATURAL CAVITY

Southern California Bluebird Club,

Thank you for your tireless efforts to protect and restore the western bluebird and other cavity-dependent species. And, thank you for your kindness and generosity to me and German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County.

Here are links to a video slideshow of my photos from the two 2016 bluebird nestings in “the tree.” The video is available in four different resolutions. You may view a low resolution version in your browser directly from DropBox (although this file seems to skip for me). If you have Media Player installed, you may view the video in that program directly from DropBox (use the Open button). Or, you may download the video in any of the four resolutions for your personal viewing or for use in your educational/conservation efforts (use the … button).

https://www.dropbox.com/s/sx4ucu66u14l75v/Western_Bluebird_1080p_20161008.mp4?dl=0

These nesting bluebirds were in a natural cavity saved by the county rangers in a county park in Orange County.

SLO MO MEALWORM FEAST

Click on this slow motion video of a pair of WEBLs munching of a bowl of meal worms. Video provided by a club member of the SCBC. Click here: https://youtu.be/yDUsnZ-ST-g 

CHECK OUT THE NEW CCI VIDEO OF A DYING TREE

Gillian Martin, Director of the Cavity Conservation Initiative has created a beautiful video from beautiful images taken by our photographer friend, Peggy Honda. The video tells the story of an actual tree snag in an Orange County Regional Park. Click here to view the  THE STORY OF A DYING TREE

PASSING THE TORCH

BLUEBIRD, THE JOURNAL OF THE NORTH AMERICAN BLUEBIRD SOCIETY in its last issue published an article by our own Jim Semelroth regarding passing our knowledge and enthusiasm for nature conservation to young folks. The article illustrates how the SCBC has worked with schools, churches, scouts, universities and graduate students to continue our work.  Click here to read the entire article. PASSING THE TORCH

 

DEAD TREES ARE NOT A SIGNIFICANT FIRE HAZARD IN OUR FORESTS

A new article in the Los Angeles Times explains how dead and dying trees due to drought and bark beetles do not increase the danger of forest fires. Dead trees in our forests

HERE’S A NEW ARTICLE ABOUT

THE BEAUTIFUL BLUEBIRDS

Check out this new article that illustrates the beauty of the three native bluebirds and how to attract them to your gardens. SCBC members are seen in one photo by Dave Salahi.   Bluebird article to enjoy

 

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHER, STEVE KAYE ISSUES A WARNING ABOUT PEST CONTROL CHEMICALS

What About Those Pest Control Chemicals?

Herbicides, pesticides, and other such agents have been promoted as a victory over weeds and other pests. To read the comprehensive article please go to Steve’s blog at:- http://stevekaye.com/pest-control-chemicals/

 

SCBC TREATED TO ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPH SHOW BY STEVE KAYE

Steve Kaye returned to present yet another beautiful array of photographs to amazed club members, amazed at the beauty of his bird images and videos, his teaching and his philosophy about what birds and nature can teach us. Thanks again, Steve. Please come back soon.  Steve has a new website in addition to the three links on the left of this page. Check it out. www.birdsbysteve.com

SCBC FRIEND AND BIRD PHOTOGRAPHER, STEVE KAYE TO RETURN TO SCBC MEETING, MAY 7 AT 9:00 AM

Meet the Birds

Join us for an enjoyable photo tour that shows how birds change lives. Professional photographer Steve Kaye will show his recent photos of mostly local birds. He’ll also share information about these birds, tell the stories behind the photos, and offer practical tips on how to take better photos.

This is an excellent program for your friends who might be interested in knowing more about birds. And it’s a wonderful reminder of the extraordinary beauty that we have outdoors. So bring a friend. And if you have yet to attend a meeting, this program is for you.
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Steve Kaye

Steve Kaye

Steve Kaye has been taking photos since 1965. He has spoken at photo clubs, judged photo contests, and conducted classes on Nature Photography. Recently two of his photos were selected for a book about woodpeckers (to be published this year).

 

TREE DEMOLITION WORKERS IN NEWPORT BEACH FIASCO FINED AND SENTENCED

Two tree demolition workers who were responsible for the destruction of nests and the killing of night herons and egrets in June 2015 were sentenced to $14,000 in fines and restitution and three years probation and over 100 hours of community service. The SCBC was very involved in publicizing this event. Read more in the Orange County Register at http://www.ocregister.com/articles/tree-712980-birds-down.html

SCBC MEMBER, DICK MERRITT REMEMBERED

SCBC Bluebird nestbox monitor, Dick Merritt passed away in Mission Viejo in mid February. Dick and his wife, Pat lived in Mission Viejo in Casta del Sol. They monitored nest boxes for several years at the Casta del Sol Golf Course and Dove Canyon Golf Course in Rancho Santa Margarita. Dick became ill several years ago, but continued monitoring until 2015 with Pat. Dick and Pat traveled a lot and were on the trail, not only of bluebirds, but of genealogy information about their families. The SCBC has received several donations in honor of Dick. Our thoughts go out to his loyal wife, Pat.

ROBERT SIOW RETURNS TO SCBC

805f3f8e-05be-43db-b6f8-15c119f84831Hopi leader, Robert Siow returned to the monthly meeting of the SCBC in February to present the club with special hand painted nest boxes as a way of thanking members for their work in nature. Robert discussed the sacred traditions of the Hopi and their close connection to all aspects of life and nature.  He explained again the use of bird feathers, and especially, bluebird feathers in their sacred ceremonies.  Robert’s friend, Dick Purvis, gave Robert several bluebird feathers for the tribe to use for years to come. Walter Josten made a donation to the SCBC for the boxes, one of which he gave to young club member, Tomas Dardis from Laguna Hills.

 

 

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Walter Josten and Cheri Miller accept special boxes with Hopi symbols

INTERESTING RESEARCH ON AGGRESSION IN MALE WESTERN BLUEBIRDS

AGGRESSION IN MALE WESTERN BLUEBIRDS 

Desi and bluebird

DESSI AMAZES SCBC/CCI AGAIN

Dessi Sieburth appeared again at the SCBC at its December 5 meeting to present a PowerPoint show about cavity conservation.  Tutored by Gillian Martin of the Cavity Conservation Initiative, Dessi has shifted his focus to tree conservation while not abandoning his love of bluebirds.

An audience of about 50 members of The Southern California Bluebird Club and the Cavity Conservation Initiative had an unusual guest speaker at their December monthly meeting.  Thirteen year-old Dessi Sieburth, member of the Pasadena Audubon Society, revealed his program to promote dead trees (called snags) for the benefit of birds and other species.   Dessi’s audience is often made up of his peers or those in lower grades.  For that reason Dessi created a replica of a woodpecker cavity to illustrate just what unseen wonders can happen inside a dead tree.  “A dead tree is full of life,” Dessi pointed out.  His slide show tells the full story.  It provides all that an uninformed listener would want to know about why it is important that people learn ways to safely retain more dead trees.

Dessi shows his replica of a woodpecker cavity above. You may be wondering how Dessi became interested in snags.  Well, when you dream of being an ornithologist, and when you have several years of  bird study under your belt, you already know that different types of habitat are critical for the survival of different species.  And, indeed!  Dead trees provide nesting habitat for about 85 species of birds, not to mention millions of insect prey.

One of Dessi’s many projects to help birds took the form of building and monitoring nest boxes for Western Bluebirds.  He soon learned that though nest boxes are helpful, dead trees are much more beneficial in the long term because they not only help bluebirds but many other birds and wildlife.  With the support of his devoted parents, Dessi now takes his message to elementary school classrooms, science fairs and other events.   When introduced, his impressive credentials alone are sufficient to get an audience’s attention.   Among them are two awards: the American Birding Association’s 2015 Young Birder of the Year, and the International Eco Hero Award.   His goal is to become an ornithologist.

Speaking fees and the sale of his bird photo cards and calendars fuel his projects and bird study trips.

Dessi is raising funds for a research trip.  You may help by contacting him at schwartzbeatrix@gmail.com or his website:Dessi’s website or at:

GUEST SPEAKER, ROBERT SIOW, A HOPI AMERICAN SPOKE ON THE IMPORTANCE OF BIRDS

TO THE HOPI TRADITIONS AND CEREMONIES

Robert SiowRobert Siow talks of the importance of birds to the Hopi

At its September meeting, the SCBC members heard a fascinating presentation on the importance of birds to the HOPI traditions and ceremonies.  Robert said that the Hopi of the mesas of New Mexico have federal permission to harvest a limited number of birds that are necessary to their ancient traditions. Among these are the Golden Eagle, the Oriole, the roadrunner, and the Western Bluebird. The feathers from these birds are used in many initiation rites and ceremonies and as symbols of protection and good fortune. Mr. Siow fascinated the bluebirders with his knowledge of the birds and their significance to the Hopi.  A highlight of his presentation was a very moving song sung by Robert in his native Hopi language. Robert has been initiated into the highest ranks of Hopi men and is responsible for the village and youth of the Hopi. Born in California, Robert will be moving back to New Mexico to be closer to his village and his sacred responsibilities.

EARL GARRISON FEATURED IN OC REGISTER ARTICLE

nu41cr-b88501032z.120150903094617000g7pbo9m8.10SoCal Bluebirder, Earl Garrison is featured in an article in the Orange County Register. 

Earl has been an active member of the SCBC since its inception and has monitored and built/repaired hundreds of bluebird nestboxes in south Orange County. Earl, as stated in the article, is cutting back on his birding activities in Laguna Woods and beyond. Congratulations to Earl who has mentored and trained many monitors in Orange County in addition to the restoration activities mentioned in the article. One item in the article was not accurate.  The SCBC and the CBRP count around 2000 nestboxes monitored by our club members, not 8000.  The 8000 number is approximately the number of fledglings produced in our 2000 nestboxes. The article also mentions the Cornell Nestwatch program and the California bluebird data sent to Cornell.

To read the OCR article, click on this URL:  http://m.ocregister.com/articles/boxes-680735-nest-garrison.html 

REDESIGNED CAVITY CONSERVATION INITIATIVE WEBSITE LAUNCHED

Gillian Martin, Director of the Cavity Conservation Initiative, has announced the launching of a redesigned website for the CCI.  She and web designer and SCBC visitor/photographer, Dave Salahi have worked two months to redesign the site, with more drop down pages, fewer lengthy main pages, new exciting, attractive color schemes, new photos, reworked narratives, and an eye-catching look.  Click here for your first visit: Cavity Conservation Initiative website.  The address is the same as before in case you had it bookmarked, http://www.cavityconservation.com.  Kudos to Gillian and Dave for the fresh new look.

NEWPORT BEACH REHABBED BIRDS RELEASED

The herons and egrets that survived the construction slaughter and were rehabbed were released July 7 near the site where a demolition company destroyed a ficus tree with numerous active nests killing many birds. The complete story is posted below with links from various media.  For news of the bird release, check out this link: Newport Beach rehabbed bird release

NEWPORT BEACH CAMPAIGN UPDATE

Dear Bird lovers,

You have read of the needless killing of herons and egrets by a demolition company in Newport Beach. The SCBC and the CCI initiated a vigorous writing campaign that sent scores and scores of emails and letters to the company, to public officials and to the press.   This was possibly only because each of you responded immediately and in mass.   You demonstrated the power of ordinary citizens to express outrage and demand change.  Our writing campaign produced several responses from City officials.  We  have been assured by them and other sources that corrective action will be taken to enforce the laws that protect nesting birds.

Since the letter writing campaign, we (mostly Gillian Martin of the CCI) have been working intensely with residents of Newport Beach.  Our plan for a protest was quickly changed into a positive educational rally to inform the public and officials about the laws to protect nesting birds, and to spotlight the organizations that rescue and tirelessly work to protect birds.   As more residents joined us and more community partnerships were formed, the rally kept getting postponed and the plan for it grew beyond our original intent.   Our Club’s leaders unanimously decided we could no longer remain in the leadership role and accept full responsibility for an event for which we had insufficient resources and control.  We have relinquished the responsibility for the rally to our partners in Newport Beach.  However, we have assured them that if the rally goes forward we would still assist by promoting it, attending and speaking at it.   A great deal of time has been invested in this worthy effort.  There is still much community support for it, even from Sea and Sage Audubon, so we would like it to happen and be successful.  The President of Sea and Sage expressed regret that the rally was no longer under our direction.

Stepping away from the leadership role does not in any way diminish our pride in what we initiated and have already accomplished.  Be assured, only the SCBC and the CCI took bold action in response to this tragedy.  Our small, relatively unknown organization stepped up as David to Goliath.   We made City officials and the tree demolition company aware that wildlife advocates hold them accountable for their actions and will continue to monitor the progress of this investigation.   Our letters added pressure to the offending company to make a donation to the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center.  They donated $2,500; though we learned that the sum is insufficient to cover the cost of care for the rescued birds.  We also established working relationships with other groups such as Amigos de Bolsa Chica, Newport Bay Conservancy, Harbors Beaches and Parks and Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center.   From those groups Gillian obtained valuable new participants for our upcoming task force for better tree trimming practices.  Additional contacts with the media were made, one of which is the NB Daily Pilot.  They have  shown interest in posting the commentary Gillian submitted to them and in sending a reporter to the rally.

The SCBC and the CCI were in the forefront of a major effort that will add to our credibility as a conservation organization. We pulled together in a collective action that strengthened our club. Gillian joins me in thanking you for your efforts, your letter mailings, your emails, your free printing, your advice and counsel.  We have shown that the club can rally to protect wildlife and enforce the laws.
We shall keep you informed of any further information on a rally in Newport Beach. Watch your email.

Tree demolition in Newport Beach kills nesting birds.

This past week in Newport Beach, CA, TimScan Greenleaf Engineering, a tree demolition crew reportedly authorized by the City, bulldozed  trees in which two dozen herons and egrets were nesting.  The egregiousness of the act was made more shocking by the belligerence of the crew who refused to halt their work when a resident told them about the presence of the birds and implored them to stop.  Gathering witnesses reported baby birds falling to the ground like rags out of the sky.  Observers were seen trying to catch and rescue the immature birds while their bird parents helplessly flew about in panic.  Some birds fell to an immediate death, others were dead upon arrival at a rescue center while the remaining reduced birds continue to receive care.  Residents later reported that previously unfound birds were seen the next day being run over by cars. This event is  an indisputable violation of both Federal and State laws that protect birds.  A third-grader made this illustration to represent the horror of the event.

In recent months The Cavity Conservation Initiative, in cooperation with West Coast Arborists and Sea and Sage Audubon, has been organizing a task force to address the issue of tree pruning during nesting season.  This event underscores the pressing need for better education in the industry as well as clearer and stronger standards for pruning and tree removal between the months of February and August.

Meanwhile the CCI  and the SCBC call upon the public to email the Newport Beach City Manager and City Council to express outrage over this event and to request that they cooperate with the justice system with the highest integrity.

To register your concerns, email these officials:

Newport Beach City Manager and City Council     CityCouncil@newportbeachca.gov

Daniel Broom, Greenleaf Engineering: tgegrading@aol.com

Newport Beach Superintendent of Parks and Trees Department dsereno@newportbeachca.gov

Links to view and read of the slaughter

Cell phone video of crime as it happened, showing neighbors Caroline Vassar and Peter Peck rescuing fallen birds (backhoe in background demolishing tree): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSkGubWMIH4

OC Register article: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/tree-663861-birds-baby.html

ABC Channel 7 News coverage: http://abc7.com/news/workers-cut-down-tree-full-of-birds-in-newport-beach-despite-protests/760976/

Daily Pilot article: http://abc7.com/news/workers-cut-down-tree-full-of-birds-in-newport-beach-despite-protests/760976/

CBS News Los Angeles coverage: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/06/02/company-under-fire-after-demolishing-50-year-old-tree-injuring-protected-baby-birds/

Fox News Los Angeles coverage: http://www.myfoxla.com/clip/11561948/protected-birds-nesting-tree-cut-down

LA Times article: http://www.latimes.com/local/orangecounty/la-me-tree-removal-20150605-story.html

SCBC UNVEILS A NEW BANNER

Thanks to the work of Gillian Martin, Bill Wallace and other activists, we have a new banner.  The banner was introduced at the club’s first meeting of the new year, Saturday, January 3. New Year, new banner. The banner sports the logos of both the SCBC and the Cavity Conservation Initiative.  We ordered three banners, to spread around the county for use as displays when club members present programs at schools, parks, the Green Scene in Fullerton, and many other events.  Having several banners will ease the burden of presenters driving around the county to pick up a banner.

SCBC group

 BLUEBIRDS, TREES, ROADRUNNERS AND WALKERS

The SCBC participated in the 2nd annual Coyote Hills 5K Walk and Festival at Laguna Lake in Fullerton on November 8th. Festival participants included the SCBC, Sea & Sage Audubon, Amigos de Bolsa Chica among others. Susan Bolger, Gillian Martin and Bill Wallace met with approximately a hundred participants before and after the 5K race to discuss our group’s work with Bluebirds and the Cavity Conservation Initiative. We were successful in recruiting two new monitors for sites in Fullerton and Costa Mesa. Here the Mayor of Fullerton, Doug Chafee, who dropped by our display to learn about tree conservation and Bluebirds.

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SCBC  MEMBERS WATCH A FANTASTIC WESTERN BLUEBIRD PRESENTATION

BY  DESI SIEBURTH

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Desi Sieburth, under the auspices of the Pasadena Audubon, developed a Power Point presentation on the Western Bluebird and his two-year nest box monitoring project. His presentation was spot-on, accurate and detailed and wonderfully presented at the monthly meeting of the SCBC, November 1 in Irvine. Members were astounded at his confidence, his knowledge and the photography and graphs of his trail in cemeteries and his neighborhood.  After the meeting members gathered around to thank and congratulate him on his work and also to admire his field notes and his Peterson Bird Guide-quality of his sketches of numerous birds he observed on his trail. Some members were astounded and delighted to hear a young person so interested, so poised and so knowledgeable.  It bodes well for the world to have such future leaders.

SCBC ENJOYS PHOTOGRAPHER, STEVE KAYE

Juvenile WEBL SK

Bird photographer, Steve Kaye returned to the Southern California Bluebird Club to entertain and educate us with his beautiful bird images.  Steve made his first visit in 2010 and also presented at the North American Bluebird Society conference in Newport Beach sponsored by the SCBC in 2011.  Steve’s photographs are beautiful, whimsical and educational and he is able to use his images to present serious environmental issues.  Steve has a special relationship to the SCBC members and bluebirds and began his bird photography specialty after seeing a Western Bluebird in the Fullerton Arboretum, which undoubtedly was heading to one of the club’s nest boxes. Thanks, Steve. We hope to see you again soon. You are welcome anytime and are certainly among friends here.

Check out Steve’s blogs by clicking on the links on the left side of this page.

MR. ORANGE COUNTY BLUEBIRD, DICK PURVIS

HAS BYPASS SURGERY

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Dick Purvis with his first bluebird nestbox from 1984

Dick Purvis, founding member of the Southern California Bluebird Club and monitor of hundreds of Western Bluebird nestboxes in Orange and Los Angeles Counties had open heart surgery in the week of April 13 and is doing well.  Dick started hanging nest boxes in 1984 in O’Neill Regional Park when on a family picnic spotted a flash of blue. Dick had hung nest boxes in his native Georgia as a child. Dick, Sully Reallon, Bob Franz and Mike Spohn created the SCBC in 2006 and now the club has a mailing list of over 450 bluebirders, holds monthly meetings, presents talks at schools, churches, fairs, garden clubs, nature centers, parks and golf courses.  Club members will check Dick’s nest boxes until he can return to his nesting birds

Dick is expected to have a good recovery and will return to his monitoring during the nesting season. Cards may be sent to Dick at his home address: 936 S Siet Place, Anaheim, CA 92806.

HOW MANY QUACKS WOULD A WOOD DUCK QUACK

IF A WOOD DUCK COULD CRACK WOOD?

SCBC MEMBERS ENJOY A WOOD DUCK PRESENTATION AT ITS MEETING ON APRIL 5

16Guest speaker, Gordon Outhier, a Wood Duck recovery monitor, gave a slide presentation on his Wood Duck trail along the Santa Ana River near Yorba Regional Park.  Gordon has been interested in Wood Ducks for over twenty years and to date he has fledged over 4,000 ducklings, each one of which leaped from as high as 30 feet to plop on the ground, shake off the dust and waddle away. The female duck lays as many as a dozen or more eggs in each clutch. Gordon has been asked to remove boxes from some parks because they don’t like the ducks messing up their park ponds.  Therefore he has found ideal places along waterways to place his boxes.  Gordon has worked with ten Scouts, who earned their Eagle Scout awards by helping to build and monitor the duck boxes.  He has found a couple surprises nesting in his boxes; one Hooded Merganser, a nesting Screech Owl and a Northern Saw-whet Owl with four nestlings, of which Gordon showed slides. Members saw many similarities between monitoring bluebird boxes and Gordon’s work with Wood Ducks. Our club gave Gordon an honorarium in appreciation for his entertaining and educational presentation.

ORANGE COUNTY WATER DISTRICT HELPS BIRDS IN DANGER

DAVID MC MICHAEL VISITS SCBC TO EXPLAIN

HOW OCWD HELPS ENDANGERED SPECIES

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At its monthly meeting March 1, David McMichael gave a Power Point presentation to over thirty bluebird monitors explaining how the OCWD  hangs nest boxes in the Lower Santa Ana River  and Prado basin and adjacent ponds to provide nesting sites for Tree Swallows.  The boxes, which are surprisingly similar to the SCBC-recommended box design, attracted 161 tree swallow pairs in 2013 that fledged 470 birds.  The same boxes also were used by Western Bluebirds that fledged 22 chicks. David also reported on the attempts to help various other species of swallows, Least Bell’s Vireo, water birds and other cavity nesters including barn owls. Dick Purvis stated that in about 1984 only one pair of Tree Swallows was found in Orange County. The OCWD, like the Southern California Bluebird Club and other organizations, is working to recover bluebirds, tree swallows and protect many other beneficial bird species in Orange County and beyond.

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    Least Bell's Vireo

David McMichael                                Tree Swallow                                                         Least Bell’s Vireo

There are Prado Wetlands  tours on Saturdays for bird enthusiasts.  Saturday, April 12,  May 31 and June 14.  To make a reservation for a tour and for directions – Call OCWD tour hotline at 714-378-3362 or book online at http://www.ocwd.com/ConservationEducation/ToursSpeakersBureau.aspx.

SCOUT SETH WATKINS DEMONSTRATES HIS EAGLE PROJECT AT THE SANTA ANA ZOO TO SCBC BLUEBIRDERS

Seth Watkins, Eagle ScoutSeth Watkins, an Eagle Scout, from Troop 842, presented a slide show of his project named The Spirit Project. Seth says,

“My Eagle Project started in the middle of 2012 when I went to the Santa Ana Zoo in search of a project.  After several uninteresting possibilities for my project, my guide told me that that was all there was.  On our way out, I asked, as a joke, if there had ever been any eagle Eagle Projects.  There actually had been a young man who had built a bald eagle nest and brought wooden statue of an eagle with it.  Then my guide begrudgingly told me there was this one other thing.  That “other thing” became my Eagle Project, a complete renovation of the bald eagle’s exhibit at the zoo.

When the zoo took in Spirit, the bald eagle, they threw together a temporary exhibit to take care of her, intending to fix it to be more befitting for her needs later. When I got there, zip ties held the exhibit mesh together, with pine needles and feathers sticking out of it in many directions.  Plus, if Spirit jumped into the mesh, she could get entangled and hurt.  My project became changing that old mesh to stainless steel mesh, with new iron brackets to hold it on to the stucco walls.  We made the brackets and ordered the mesh, and slowly got ready to change the exhibit completely.  After almost a year and a half, we brought together many boys from my troop to the zoo and made the switch.  The new exhibit is now safe for Spirit and also allows for better viewing of her than the old exhibit.  I am proud to have finished this project and allowed Spirit a better home. I’m especially proud or now being able to be called an Eagle Scout after my final meeting with my Board of Review on January 7.  I hope to see other young men like me take on similar projects in the future that will challenge them to do something difficult but rewarding.”

It was an impressive undertaking and we all were greatly impressed by this young man! A great presentation, Seth, and congratulations from your bluebirder fans. SCBC members have worked with several Boy and Sea Scouts on projects to earn their top badges.  These outstanding young men impress us with their creativity and leadership and give us hope for the next generation to lead this country.

SCBC’s CAVITY CONSERVATION INITIATIVE PROJECT RECEIVES TWO NEW GRANTS

The CCI project director, Gillian Martin, has announced that the project has received two new grants for 2014 to support the education project to preserve dead and dying trees for cavity nesting species, including Western Bluebirds. The Fund for Wild Nature and the Pasadena Audubon Society have generously awarded us funds to meet our goals for the coming year.  Gillian acknowledged the grants, saying, “We are deeply grateful for their words of praise and their confidence in us.”

In awarding the CCI project the new grant, Jeff Peterson, Executive Director of Fund for Wild Nature stated, “We are very pleased to support your dynamic and forward-thinking work, and we look forward to reading all about your successes.”

So, our CCI project will continue to flourish and grow in 2014.  Thanks to Gillian for her tireless efforts to promote the CCI as a project of the SCBC.

SCBC CELEBRATES ITS SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY

Founders reenact the meeting of November 2006

At its regular monthly meeting the founders, Dick Purvis, Bob Franz, Susan Bulger, Mike Spohn reenacted the first meeting in the It’s a Grind coffee shop in Laguna Hills in south Orange County. Original founders, Sully Reallon and Linda Violett could not attend. Tom Croom played Sully and Jo-Ann Coller played Linda.  A waitress was played by Joan Miller. The founders reenacted the discussions about creating a club from the existing San Clemente Bluebird Club that Sully and Mike had begun earlier.  Dick Purvis urged the founders to think bigger and call the club the Southern California Bluebird Club. The skit was recorded by Bob Keally and is on the SCBC History page.  Click here to watch the reenactment http://youtu.be/CCzcK5U2bTUAttendees enjoyed the live history lesson and celebrated the anniversary by eating 3/4 of a huge anniversary cake.  

Bob Franz followed the skit by listing the many presentations, projects and activities of the club in its short history.

For the complete history of the club, click on the SCBC History page of this website.

STEVE KAYE IS AT IT AGAIN WITH HIS CAMERA

Check out the latest gallery of Western Bluebirds by our photographer friend, Steve Kaye. Click on the link, Steve Kaye’s Western Bluebird Album in the blogroll to see his beautiful pictures and commentary about the birds and camera techniques.

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Posted August 3, 2013 by joann1bluebirds

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