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3-9-20

Posted by Sue on March 18, 2020 at 10:50 PM

Call to order:  7:30 p.m. with eight people in attendance.


Guest speaker: Judy Fair-Spaulding spoke to us on behalf of the Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area at Cal City.  Saturday the 14th will be DTPC’s (Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee’s) clean-up day in the desert tortoise area. They plan to rake up leaves and use the “hula hoe”.  If you can help, meet at the Interpretive Center between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Later at the end of March, the DTPC will have a Grand Re-Opening featuring their upgraded information kiosks. On March 22nd, the local Audubon group will be taking a tour of the DTRNA. The place is located near the Mojave/Randsburg Road.


Discussion: Tonight’s meeting was mainly about future events as we will join the Kerncrest Audubon’s program next week on March 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Maturango Museum.  Dr. Brittany Slabach of the DTPC will talk about the Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area including land acquisitions and restoration activities at the site.
(***At the time of this typing, the program has been canceled due to Coronavirus precautions.  Brittany Slabach from the DTPC says she will be happy to give her lecture at a later date.)


The 45th anniversary of the DTPC will be on Saturday with a luncheon and a program in Lancaster. On Sunday will be the DTPC 45th anniversary celebration. (***At the time of this typing, the luncheon on the 28th is canceled, but the special 45th anniversary on the 29th is still on).


Members are encouraged to sign up for several weeks or a month during the summer to feed the tortoises at the Maturango Museum Tortoise Enclosure. In April, Bob will feed the tortoises. Members and interested individuals are encouraged to sign up for May, June, July or August. They need to be fed twice a week. Some suggestions for food would be mulberry leaves, old greens from home, collard greens, kale, dandelions, and non-poisonous weeds. You may try different types of food.


Treasurer: We have enough money this year to do some special projects.
At previous meetings, we all agreed that a scholarship for a graduating Cerro Coso Community College student transfering to a 4 year institution majoring in Environmental and/or Biological Science was a good way to spend some of the funds that our club has received.  Sue had sent out emails to club members outlining the information she gathered for criteria and the best way to provide scholarships. She requested some feedback on how the scholarships should be handled. She handed out a copy of the CTTC Scholarship Proposal information plus a copy of a student application form for us to review. We would evaluate prospective applicants' future goals and look at their grade point average. The club agreed that we would like to choose students continuing full time. The amount of the scholarship may be $500 or whatever the club ultimately decides on. Also, a perpetual scholarship (as opposed to a one-time scholarship that we would have to organize ourselves) would be the best option as the Cerro Coso Foundation would manage the investment and disbursement over several years.


Adoptions: Bob mentioned that there are lots of tortoises ready for adoption.


Adjourned: 8:35 p.m.

 

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