|Posted by Sue on February 12, 2019 at 11:15 PM|
Meeting began at 7:30 pm with 14 people attending.
Treasurer's Report: The Executive Board sent each chapter $1,000 for special projects. Our plan includes 3 informational kiosks placed around the Tortoise Enclosure at the Maturango Museum. We may work in tandem offering a possible project for an Eagle Scout as we did with the enclosure.
"Something Completely Different: Cheetahs" President Bob Parker presented a program on his summer of 1972 in charge of the Cheetah Compund at Marine World, Africa USA in Redwood City. Interviewing for a photographer's assistant position, he was offered the position when he said he was earning his degree in wildlife biology. Highlights included not only facts, but stories about escapes, leaping into a passing tour boat - which led to collars and leashes for all, & individual personalities of each.
Following Bob's presentation, Lisa Lavelle showed pictures of her month volunteering at the Cheetah Conservation Fund center in Namibia, Africa in 1998. The CCF is a research & conservation center working with local farmers to educate on ways to discourage cheetahs from hunting down livestock, instead of trapping & shooting them. Cheetahs were targeted mainly because they are diurnal & visible compared to other predators. After, Ray Kelso mentioned to the group that he had a number of photos on display in the Maturango Museum's Sylvia Winslow gallery of animals taken on his African safari.
March Program: Pete Woodman, Biologist Consultant, will speak & demonstrate assessing the health of desert tortoises in the wild. He introduces field techniques for the Desert Tortoise Council November Workshop held in Ridgecrest, designed for wildlife biologists, zoologists, natural resource & recreation specialists, wildlife & land managers, recreation specialists, persons dealing with the public, & teachers.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm