SDNB Meeting Notes.
This is the Sonoran Desert Native Bees archive for meeting notes. Everything that is discussed in the meeting are noted and posted below.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
King Coffe, Tempe, AZ
Attendees: Rachel Traynor; Zack Shaffer; Maddie Ostwald; Tom McDonald; Anne Ellis
Since SDNB is scheduled for our first two workshops at the Desert Botanical Gardens (DBG), our main agenda was to review our presentations and outline what each presenter needs.
Tom’s Seed Ball workshop presentation is for the most part complete. Tom will review this and send any changes to Anne. The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, September 12 at 6:00 pm.
Maddie has updated and added a lot of content to her “Bee ID” presentation and it really looks nice. Anne will format it into our logo green (done). We also “test drove” the Bee ID game “Kahoot” and it is fun and easy. Zack suggested splitting it into two shorter quizzes and adding some pop culture questions. He and Maddie will work on making those changes to the quiz. Maddie’s workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, September 18 at 6:00 pm.
Rachel showed us how to add and update the calendar on the website, and it turns out to be pretty easy. Anne has added our scheduled events, presentations and appearances to the calendar through March 2020.
As for workshops, BTA would like a series of seed ball workshops – we need another person to be a workshop leader since right now it all falls on Tom. If you are interested, please let Anne know and we’ll get you everything you need. We also need volunteers for the workshops already on the calendar.
To help get our iNaturalist projects going, we have developed and tested an instructional presentation. The instructions seem to be fairly complete for use on a computer; the only thing missing is instructions for use on smart phones. This presentation will be posted to the web page. We may submit a proposal to teach a class at DBG and BTA: learn how to use the app, then go on a nature walk at the Garden, take some photos and upload them.
Tom and Anne toured the garden areas at Singh Meadows, and Tom has some great ideas for SDNB gaining a presence there. These include placing a bee hotel in an existing garden, starting a wildflower pollinator garden in a former sand bunker, and hosting seed ball workshops where the participants can come back in a few weeks when the seed balls have dried, and plant them in the bunker garden. We’ll write up a proposal for Ken Singh and see where it goes.
Last but not least, we have been accepted for the 2019 Honey Bee Festival! The event will be held from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, November 16 at the North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix. We’ll need volunteers to help staff the booth. If you’re interested, please let Anne know – thanks!
Date and time of our next meeting has not been decided but will probably be in the East Valley at the end of September.