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.
The SDNB Steering Committee met at ASU to discuss activities for 2019. Present: Maddie Ostwald; Zack
Shaffer; Tom McDonald; and Anne Ellis.
Maddie shared two versions of a possible logo, in development by art student Mariah Wosinski and Maddie Howell-Moroney. Both are beautiful and professional works, and the committee selected Mariah’s simpler logo, but wishes to use the other artwork, (cactus graphic), in other applications. Maddie Ostwald will ask Mariah to complete the formatting of the logo so that it may be sized as needed for rack cards, web page banner, business size cards, and other applications.
Mariah has also inserted the logo into the nearly-complete rack card and reformatted the piece, and it
now looks very professional. Maddie will send the draft to Anne for proof reading, then it will go to Tom for printing. Almost there! Update Dec 10: DONE proofing, draft sent back to designer.
On the Bee Bath project, Maddie has the Google form and online training ready to go and will send the link to Anne and Tom. We’d like to “beta-test” these in the form that users will see, and may recruit friends and family to test them as well. The instructions under development are pretty close to complete; Zack and Maddie will look into the use of BT to prevent mosquito infestation (may be toxic to bee larvae too).
For the 2019 calendar, we have booked our first event: the Feb. 23 Family Day at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, where there may be as many as 200-400 children (hopefully with parents!). We’ll offer the seed ball workshop (Anne and Tom hosting).
Zack expressed interest in participating as well, with a
table/booth presenting many different insects. We will offer at least two sessions of making seed balls, possibly more. Volunteers are needed to help with this, due to the large volume of kids. There is also a March 8 opportunity at Desert Botanical Garden – presenting “pollinators and plants” and making seed balls to special needs students. Anne will follow up with Angelica Elliott at DBG.
Finally, our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Smiling Dog Ranch and Learning Center. We will invite Girl Scout Emma Quinlan to present her “Bee Bombs” project, and hopefully by then the iNaturalist “Traditional” project will be up and running.