Orange County Group News
December 5, 2013: Election Results
All candidates from the Orange County Group this year were re-elected, and the voter turnout was better this year than last. Members of the old and new Executive Committee.
Tuesday, December 10: General Meeting and Talk: Alex and Carole Mintzer go to Australia
Bigger than Alaska, Western Australia is a dry ancient land infrequently visited by Americans. Alex Mintzer will show his fabulous pictures from his 5-week trip in 2011 covering a big part of this state, from tropical Kununurra, Broome, and the Kimberley, south 1500 miles through the Pilbara and Perth, to the tall forests of Australia’s Southwest corner. While lacking in the stunning grandeur of a Yosemite or Grand Canyon, it is a land of wide open spaces and subtle wonders-- and some eerie parallels with California. We meet at REI in the Tustin Marketplace (2962 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92782) at 7:30 pm.
Wednesday, January 8: First Aid in the Wilderness
Come join us for this fun and informative evening series of monthly classes at REI in Tustin as we will be discussing subjects such as day hiking, backpacking, navigation, first aid, stoves, cooking and meal planning, sleeping and sheltering, emergencies and survival, gear selection, and more. All courses will be taught by experienced Sierra Club Outing Leaders. Whether you are a veteran hiker or camper or new to the sport, there will always be something new to learn and new people to meet and hike with. Feel safer and more comfortable going into the outdoors with this information that can be used immediately. This topic will be first aid and will cover the basic items first aid kits should contain, common environmental medical issues such as hypothermia, heat illness, dehydration, altitude, sunburn, poison oak, tick bites, GI problems when backpacking, common wilderness injuries such as wounds of all kinds, sprained ankle, not so common injuries such as snakebite, cardiac & breathing problems, how to respond to accidents, how & when to interface with emergency medical services and search and rescue. The instructor for this session will be nurse Donna H. who also teaches the Wilderness First Aid class. Information will be available about upcoming hikes and events. Come and invest an hour or two of time. It might be the best investment that you have ever made. Meet REI Community Room, 2962 El Camino Real, Tustin, 92782. To register please email email@example.com.
Tuesday, January 14: Gillian Martin: Snags and Cavities
Expect plenty of snags but no dentistry as Gillian Martin describes the steady decline of available dead and dying trees for cavity nesting species. She also illustrates how, in our well-manicured urban areas, we have accepted the loss of this valuable habitat to wildlife by continually increasing the provision of nest boxes which, though compensatory to some species, are really only a stop gap measure.
Gillian will present a program on the ecology of snags and she will share how the SCBC is working on a longterm plan to help cavity dwelling communities particularly in developed regions. The Cavity Conservation Initiative is a project created by Sea and Sage naturalist, Gillian Martin, under the umbrella of the Southern California Bluebird Club. Its goal is to change public perception of dying trees, to impact polices regarding snag management and also to provide youth with the information and skills to become snag advocates.
We meet at REI in the Tustin Marketplace (2962 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92782).