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    Upcoming Events at the Foster Lodge

    Maintenance Work Party November 18, 19, & 20 

    The second Fall 2011 Work Party is scheduled for the weekend of November 18, 19, & 20. Please RSVP. 

    The Chapter will provide tools and supplies, including meals. All you need do is bring gear for a simple bunkhouse sleep over, clothes you do not mind getting dirty, and a healthy attitude toward manual labor. Volunteers with special power tools, equipment, or pick-up trucks are requested to contact the work party leader. RSVP to or 619-281-4688 so he can plan food, accommodations, and tasks. Work party leaders will help set up car pools; but participants must make and confirm the actual arrangements. 

    Unless there are special circumstances, work parties meet Saturday morning after breakfast at Foster Lodge on Mt. Laguna. You can stay overnight Friday and get your breakfast at no charge. Work begins at 8 AM on Saturday morning. The group usually works until mid-afternoon Saturday, and then breaks for a little recreation. Work resumes after breakfast on Sunday and continues until early afternoon. The work party breaks up in time for return to home at a reasonable hour. 

    As with all Sierra Club outdoor activities, volunteers must sign an Acknowlegement of Risk and Liability Waiver Form that will be provided on-site. in the case of minors, a parent/guardian must sign the form. Volunteer Vouchers will also be available on-site. 

    Work Party, Steward Host Training, & Holiday Party December 2, 3, & 4 

    The Winter 2011 Work Party, Steward Training, and Holiday Dinner is scheduled for the weekend of December 2, 3, & 4. If you would like to volunteer and help out, please contact John Stump or 619-281-4688. RSVP's are encouraged. 

    Steward Training to be able to host for 2012 will be held December 3, 2011 and June 23, 2012. Steward training is part of the processes used to qualify Sierra Club members to host the Foster Lodge and Cabin for the 2012 program year. Steward qualification is a combination of formal training, hands on shadowing with a qualified host Steward, and participation in annual work parties and tasks. Sierra Club members who have hosted in the past year will be credited with past service as a portion of the qualifications for 2012. Steward training is offered twice a year - once in December and in June. 

    The Winter 2011 event provides for a Friday, December 2nd (9AM-3PM) work party, a Saturday, December 3rd (9AM-3PM) Steward Training for Sierra Club members that would like to host in 2012, a Saturday Holiday Dinner & Party (5PM-10PM). 

    On Sunday, December 4th the Mt. Laguna committee will meet from (9AM-11AM) and the Executive Committee will convene it's December meeting at (11AM). These meetings are open to interested members. 

    The Chapter will provide tools and supplies, including meals. RSVP to or 619-281-4688 so he can plan food, accommodations, and tasks. 

    The work parties meet Friday morning after breakfast at Foster Lodge on Mt. Laguna. You can stay overnight Thursday and get your breakfast at no charge. Work begins at 9 AM on Friday morning. The group usually works until mid-afternoon Friday, and then breaks for a little recreation. 

    The Holiday Dinner and Party begin at 5PM on Saturday. Persons are invited to bring a holiday desert or snack and BYOB. A Secret Santa exchange is held, during the Saturday party; so please bring a small $5-$10 dollar wrapped gift to exchange. 


    Insect Walk at the Bixby Marshland

    On Saturday, May 7th, Biologist and NKW Instructor, Emile Fiesler will lead a walk on the Bixby Marshland, starting at 10 am.
    The Bixby Marshland is a relatively new wetland preserve that has been created by restoration efforts around the existing Bixby Slough.

    The topic of the walk is insects and other invertebrates.

    Learn about beetles, dragonflies, butterflies and more!

    Everyone is welcome and there is no advanced registration, nor entrance fee, required.

    For more information or to RSVP, please call
    562-908-4288, Ext. 2303

    Near the intersection of Figueroa Street and Sepulveda Blvd., Carson



    Wildlife Conservationist Certification Training

    Renee Owens:

    It is announced in this month’s Hi Sierran, page 9 or for more information you can also read about it here on San Diego Audubon’s website. If all goes well, we will be offering this program annually.

    March 30, Apr 6, Apr 13, and Apr 27 from 6-9pm.  Saturday field trips will take place on Apr 2, Apr 9, Apr 16, and Apr 30.


    The Phantom of the Ocelot

    By NKW Naturalist, Peter Yingling

    Have you ever seen an ocelot?  (Of course, I mean in nature, NOT in a zoo )!

    Me neither, even though I lived in southern Arizona for 10 years (I now reside in Prescott, which is likely a bit out of their range).  But as a practicing naturalist, I spend a lot of time in the field - and I wonder how many ocelots have seen me.

    So what is this animal, anyway?

    It is a smallish species of wild cat,  Leopardus pardalis, about twice the size of a house kitty,  but infinitely prettier (alas, the human craving for its pelt has often been its undoing).  And if you should lust for one as a pet, there is a virtual look alike domestic cat breed available.  Fortunately, the ocelot is now protected over its rather wide range, from the southern US border (Arizona & Texas) to Argentina.  But there are only two definite records from Arizona in 45 years: one (ghastly) road kill near Globe in 2010 and now (Feb. 8, 2011), another from the Huachuca Mountains near Sierra Vista.  Right where I used to live.

    Fancy this: a chap heard his dogs barking & found that they had treed an odd-looking cat.  But he was smart enough to tell it from a bobcat (or mountain lion!) & quickly called  Arizona Fish & Game.  They sent an officer out in jig time, who verified the animal’s identity & photographed it.  Maybe they also learned something from their last encounter with a rare cat (the infamous jaguar fiasco) and this time left the animal alone (you may look up that story if you like).

    But then one enterprising gentleman (Charles W. Melton) somehow found the ocelot again and got much better pictures (visit his website and marvel).  He (rightly) didn’t tell how he located it.  Even so, I am not giving up nature photography quite yet.  For hopefully there are others!

    Moral: ain’t nature wonderful; you just never know what will turn up next.  That’s what keeps us naturalists out there.

    Website references:
    Charles W. Melton -
    Arizona Fish & Game -
    Wikipedia (Ocelot)
    And others
    --- Peter Yingling


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