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.
Friday, October 4, 2019
Smiling Dog Landscapes and Learning Center
Attendees: Tom McDonald; Don Johnston; Rachel Traynor; Kim Grady; Anne Ellis; Maddie Ostwald via Skype
Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) Workshops
SDNB hosted two workshops at DBG in September: the Seed Ball workshop led by Tom, and a course on native bee biology and identification led by Maddie. Both were very successful, although we felt that the Seed Ball course would be a better fit for the Children’s program. We’ll submit proposals for both of these workshops again, with Seed Balls going to the Children’s program and Bee Biology staying with the adult education program. We also have a ‘citizen science’ workshop in preparation, and that proposal will be sent to the adult education program.
Seed Ball Workshops
Several people have stepped up and volunteered to become Workshop Leaders: Kim Grady; Don Johnston; Rachel Traynor. With this expanded teaching group we may be able to offer more Seed Ball Workshops at Boyce Thompson and elsewhere. We’ve been asked for dates in Spring 2020 – and will still need volunteers to help with any additional dates we plan.
Kim had a terrific idea to enrich the Seed Ball Workshop, taking the content in the slide presentation and making it into “Knowledge Cards.” These are a little like flash cards, but half of the information is on one card, and the rest is on another, held by a different student. The students must find the other person with the related content. We can probably get those printed at Ray’s Printing and Kim is working on them now.
Lacey at BTA has asked for a Seed Ball Workshop for the after-school Nature Club; the date selected is Thursday, January 23, 2:30-4:00 pm. Volunteers welcome!
Tom will host a mini “Train the Trainer” workshop for Seed Ball and Bee ID Workshop leaders at Smiling Dog Learning Center, on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 1:00 pm. If you are interested in becoming a Workshop leader, please let Tom know and plan to attend. You are welcome to attend in any case.
Casa Grande National Monument
Tom visited Casa Grande National Monument; they are building a pollinator garden and will be hosting a Speaker Series. Approximately 50-75 people are expected at each presentation. They have offered SDNB two dates to speak: January 29 (Tom McDonald) and February 5 (Maddie Ostwald). The exact time is not known as yet; Tom will contact Casa Grande to find out.
Tom and Anne have drafted a proposal for SDNB engagement with Singh Meadows, with three main ideas:
· Bee hotel/kiosk
· Pollinator Garden(s)
· Seed Ball workshops
Suggestions to highlight the SDNB mission and goals have been incorporated into the proposal. Tom will send it to Kehar (Ken) Singh and arrange a face-to-face meeting in November to discuss these ideas.
Incorporating as a Non-Profit
Kayla has graciously drafted very complete Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws documents, and we are essentially ready to file these papers. One thing we still need is a checking account; Tom is looking into possibilities at Chase Bank and Desert Financial (Credit Union) to find out whether it is possible to open a checking account for SDNB that does not carry a hefty monthly service fee.
Bee Festival Nov 16
We have been accepted as a vendor, but to make this happen we need volunteers to staff the booth! If interested and available, Saturday, November 16, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, please contact Anne by October 19. We’d hate to back out, but may have to do that if no one can be there. Thanks!
Next Meeting – Not yet scheduled