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4-15-19

Posted by Sue on May 1, 2019 at 12:25 AM

Meeting started at 7:30 p.m. with 8 people attending.

The meeting was shorter than normal as the Audubon meeting on Wednesday will feature a special program of interest to the club. President Bob Parker told us about the lecture hosted by the Kerncrest Audubon Society on Wednesday, April 17th, at 7:00 p.m. here at the Maturango Museum. A representative from “The Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Gardens” in Palm Desert will talk about how ravens are causing a decrease in the tortoise populations.

Discussion:

We received two nice letters from the AmericanTortoise Rescue. The facility burned down in the Woolsey fires. The tortoises were safely removed before the fire decimated the facility. Our club sent $100 to help them rebuild. 

The Living Desert is providing a “Tortoise Trunk” that will be very useful at schools & community events. It's purpose is provide materials, games, etc. that will help educate the public on tortoises & their place in the environment. The trunk will be given to the local BLM office. It will be kept at the museum & be available for docents to use.

Bob adopted out a small tortoise to a family with kids. They decided on a small tortoise instead of a hatchling when they understood the shell is still soft & vulnerable & could easily be harmed with overhandling or dropping. 

There are 3 tortoises in the outside enclosure at the museum.  Bob mentioned that members could take turns feeding them during the summer. It would be nice if people would sign up for a month or even just a week to help out. The tortoises eat mulberry leaves & certain greens. Kale is heavily fertilized, so organic kale is better for them. Talk to Bob about a feeding turn.

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday, April 20th, is the Executive Board Meeting in Arcadia. The CTTC’s money has been invested very well. If we have a project, we could probably get a $1,000 to fund it. Possibly, we could spend it on a taxidermist to preserve a tortoise that has passed away in order to take it to educational events. We might offer a scholarship to a Cerro Coso student pursuing study in the biological or environmental sciences.

Monday, April 22nd, the Base will observe Earth Day from 9:30 a.m.-12:00, for 4th graders. Bob will talk for about 10 or 15 minutes about tortoises during the indoor program.  The museum will also attend. Bob & Sue will take tortoises to the outside grassy area for the students to look at after the program.

Saturday, April 27th, there will be a Bioregional Festival in Kernville. Bob is going to attend the Fest with the local Audubon group.  California City Tortoise Day is also on the same day.

Our May and June meetings are usually in the Leroy Jackson Park at an earlier hour of 6:00p.m. People may bring their tortoises if they want to. There will be no meeting in July. In August, there is the Orange County Tortoise Show.

Adjourned: 7:20pm

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