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1.       Welcome and announcements.  The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by CVNA Neighborhood Association Board President Colette Altaffer.

2.       Colette Altaffer acknowledged the presence of our Ward VI Councilman Steve Kozachik, and thanked Patty Doar of the Arizona Inn for her continuing support of our meeting space at the Inn. She noted the availability of sign-up sheets and encouraged neighbors to participate in the board Committees.  She explained the collaboration between Catalina Vista and Blenman-Elm neighborhoods in a project to support keeping our elders in their homes as long as possible.  A brochure is now available on this program. She also showed a 1945 Catalina newsletter that she has on hand and invited people to look at following the meeting.  Finally, she acknowledged David Crown and the committee members who work hard to ensure our park is kept clean and beautiful.  Colette noted that the aggregate service years of the current board is 118 years!   She emphasized the importance of the neighborhood Association and of the need to involve more of the neighborhood residents in our activities, especially because some board members have indicated they will no longer serve on the board after this year.  She invited residents to “step up to the plate,” by attending board meetings to see what we do, and to get involved in our committees. 

3.       Treasurer’s report: Jan Hastreiter, Board Treasurer, reported that our board bank account balance is currently $10,008.81. 

4.       Election of Board Members.  All candidate bio’s were distributed for consideration along with ballots.  The ballots were cast and counted with the following candidates elected to serve on the board:   Ellen Adelstein, Colette Altaffer, Betty Jo Drachman, John Fendrock, Jerry Grise, Jan Hastreiter, Alison Hughes, Dan Schnoll, Dave Sunderman, Mary Wenner,  Sara Wisdom, Bill Young, Marco Liu, Wendell Niemann, and Jeanie Stearns.

5.       Presentation, “ Living with Urban Wildlife,” with Julie Strom, Pima County Environmental Education Program Coordinator.  Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Department.  Julie Strom gave a lengthy presentation on living with desert wildlife in our neighborhoods.  She explained the role of her office in educating the public about this issue.  Her work is funded by the Arizona Game and Fish Department for the purpose of community outreach. 

Wildlife is defined as including species such as  javelina, coyote, deer, etc.  It also includes smaller animals like rodents, birds, reptiles, turtles, snakes, amphibians, and fish in riparian areas, and lots of arthropods (insects, etc.).  The wildlife is important because they have jobs to be done such as food production, pollination, and plant propagation…they are an important part of the food chain.  They condition the soil by ground digging which aerates the soil;  there are  developers such as woodpeckers that make holes in saguaros which other animals share; tortoises dig ground holes and share with other animals such as lizards and snakes.  Coyotes and snakes control populations; when they hunt they choose the sick, weak and injured…this makes the prey population stronger. The predators are needed as part of the eco system.  The Cleanup crew is composed of the vultures, ants, millipedes…they return energy back into energy in plant soil.  It is thus ecologically, economically, and emotionally important.  Studies show people need to be surrounded by nature to be happy.  Economically, we have a tourist industry that is driven by desire to watch the animals.   The wildlife live amongst us because they, too, need food, water and shelter to breed.  Examples of natural food were presented, including cacti fruit, desert grass, trees producing fruit, etc., and occasionally our cats and dogs end up in the food chain!   If you choose to feed the birds, know you are not only feeding the birds but also other creatures that will come to munch on the seeds or food; if you invite one type of animal in the predators are not far behind. These include rodents and snakes, and even javelina.    ARS 13-2927 law passed in 2006 making it illegal to feed wildlife other than birds.   If you have a bird feeder and seeds go on the ground which attract other animals, this is against the law!   $200 fine is imposed.   To attract birds, plant native plants that are good for them.  It is suggested that you feed off the ground by about 4 feet, in a small amount. Consider which birds you want to attract, by using the Internet, Audubon, etc. to find what specific bird species eat.   Water will also attract wildlife; if you have a pool you potentially will find drowned animals there; it is suggested that you float a Styrofoam life raft with burlap on it so they can climb on to the raft.  There is also netting that can be placed around the pool so animals can grasp it to climb out.   Still water in pots propagates germs and also invites predators.    Shelter is found by the wildlife in holes, crevasses, under a bush, and also in crawl spaces under houses.   Doves can build nests in plant pots because they are cool; advice is to keep watering.  Log piles are attractive to snakes, arachnids, rodents and the like.   As space becomes limited due to our human growth and we impinge into the wildlife spaced; the roads we build can bisect their habitat causing them to have to cross the roads.  (When a wild tortoise is crossing the road, this is the only time you are allowed to help move the tortoise in the same direction it was going; keep them as close to the ground as possible and be prepared to get wet as they will pee when startled.  They store water in bladders like a canteen. When frightened they expend it to scare predators.)    The amount of space needed generally scales with the size of the animals.  Your yard may become part of their larger territory.  Lizards, or a little marine blue butterfly may spend their entire life in your backyard.    Keep plants trimmed so snakes/rodents won’t hunker down underneath.  Be selective in plants as some can create a natural fence.  Coyotes can jump easily over a six foot wall, and sometimes an eight foot wall.   You can extend on top of wall with wire that bends in at an angle.   Bobcats, coyotes, quail, javelina and others have no problem living next to humans.   Javelina can be controlled by installing electrified wire at ground level.   The amphibians feed on insects, cockroaches and the like but they are poisonous, particularly to dogs, and will enter yards through weepholes created for water seepage.   You can use wire cloth in the weepholes to prevent entry.  Or, raising up large dogs’ waterholes prevents the amphibians from getting into the water.   Snakes are shy and know we are around.  Look before you put your hands in a place you can’t see.   Take a stick and run it through weeds before inserting your hands.  Use appropriate lighting at night so you can see if any critters are around.  The yellow lights cut down on bugs such as scorpions, spiders, and desert toads.  Use a flashlight so you can see beyond where the outdoor lighting is illuminating.  Consider motion sensors.  Most animals bite or sting defensively.  Leave them alone and they leave us alone.   People who tend to be bitten by rattlesnakes are generally inebriated males in their 20’s who are mostly bitten on their hands.    Bringing large groups of animals together can also spread disease.  Mange is acquired through parasites.  Mammals can also get distemper and rabies shots.   Standing water breeds mosquitoes which carry diseases such as West Nile virus.   It is suggested that shelters be provided for birds to prevent predators from reaching them.   Some birds fly into windows as they see reflections that look like their habitats.  Keep windows dirty is one solution!    It is also important to protect wildlife from your pets, especially by keeping dogs on leash.   In the desert keep dogs on an even shorter leash.    Cats and dogs can kill a lot of wildlife.  Cats especially kill an astounding number of animals, especially fledgling native song birds.    Create a cat habitat with a wired roof so they cannot get out of your yard.   When animals get too accustomed to being fed by people and develop great expectations.  Emphasis was on not feeding wild animals and to hell at them to scare them away. Carry a can filled with stones and shake it to scare them away.   Javelina cannot see well. They smell and hear well; therefore the noise will scatter them.  Removal or relocation of animals from its territory is a last resort. When this is done, the animal has a very difficult time. 

If you think you have a wildlife issue, it is important to define the problem and determine desired outcome.  Be a detective and find out what the draw is.  Squirrels are attracted by mesquite beans.  Patrol your yard regularly.   Don’t use chicken wire as animals get stuck in it. Quarter inch hardware cloth works best.   Critters that nibble young plants means that you need to cage in the plants.   Coyote rollers can be installed above walls and keep out jumpers.   (Aluminum lightweight coyote rollers.)  Weather stripping on windows and door sweeps keeps out spiders and scorpions.     Woodpeckers peck on wood sidings of homes seeking for insects, to make a home, or to attract a mate.  Hang something near the holes that will move in an unpredictable way such as a windsock.  There are also wire traps that can be installed to get animals such as squirrels out of the house.    Remove the attractant such as food water, shelter, if you are attracting wildlife.  If you do choose to attract them, keep them safe from your pets and predators. Report six or injured wildlife to appropriate organizations. 

Poison is not a good solution for rodents. It goes through the entire food chain such as owls, hawks, bobcats which will go after the animal you poisoned.   Lastly, if something is drawing an animal to your yard, find out what is attracting it, as you might attract others once the first one is removed. Coyoteroller.com sells the rollers for about $20 for 4 feet. 

Following Ms. Strom’s presentation, a lengthy question and  answer period took place. 

6.       The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 pm

Respectfully submitted
Alison Hughes, Secretary

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