We want to thank you so much for your blog.  We sold our 4 outdoor
chairs! Wow!!!
Hugs, Buffy

Hi Buffy:

So happy we could help.

Mrs. B


Bermuda Dunes
Community Council
Meets the 2nd Thursday
every other month

Supervisor PEREZ office
Victoria Llort
760 863 8211

Sheriff's Department
Lt. Jeff Buompensiero
760 863 8990

California Highway Patrol
Office Phil Watkins
760 772 5300

Cal Fire
Battalion Chief
Eddy Moore
760 540 1878

Code Enforcement
Brenda Hannah
760 393 3344

Bermuda Dunes Community
Center/Desert Rec
Adam Encinas
760 564 9921

Bermuda Dunes Airport

79880 Avenue 42, Bermuda
Dunes, CA 92203 ·
PH: (760) 345-2558

Myoma Water Co
Mark Meeler
General Manager
Myoma Dunes Water
79050 Avenue 42
Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203
760-772-1967  Office
760-345-9761  FAX

All other areas of the

Rubbish Retrieval
760 320 1048

1 393 3344
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Board Members
Bermuda Dunes Security

Phillip Bettencourt - President
Robert Nagles-- Vice President
Chris Hogan-- Treasurer
John Thiele-- Secretary
Don Keprta-- Director
Michael Tanner-- Director
Jack Fox - Director
Robert Nelson - Director

John Walters-Clark-- Community
Manager with Associa

BDSA Meeting
4th Thurs. of every



Bermuda Dunes Security
Association (BDSA) is
responsible for streets
(potholes, cracks, street
drainage and dry wells),
Security entry/exit, patrol
vehicles, cable TV
agreement, fee collection
& payment, gates & gate
lights, medians, walls,
guardhouses and all
street/gate signage.

BDSA is managed by
Desert Resort Mgmt
John Walters-Clark
760 346 1161

The Admin Office is open
Monday thru Friday for
questions and concerns.

Resident Login System
is handled by DRM

Admin hours are as follows:

Monday 9 -5
Tuesday 9 - 5
Wednesday 9 - 5
Friday 9 - 5
Saturday Closed         
Sunday Closed

If this is urgent, please
contact Security at:

Telephone Numbers:

Main Gate: 760-360-1322
Main Gate #1
Glass Gate #2
Administration #3

Bermuda Dunes
Home Owner's
Third Tuesday at
6:00 p.m. each month

Adm Bldg
4:30 PM

Board Members
President            Patrick Bohner
V. P.                   Brett Coors
Treas.                Mike Soran
Secretary           Janet McMurtrey
Director             John Van Kuelan

Joint Committee Representatives
are Janet McMurtrey and Brett

Greg Gamboa-- Community
Manager with Management Trust
Bermuda Dunes Community

Here is what
responsible for:

Bermuda Dunes
Community Association
(BDCA) is responsible for
most problems relating to
property owner's home
and lot, dogs,
landscaping, pool
draining, trash cans,
fountains and landscaping
at the main gate.

The Architectural
Committee reports to the
Community Board

Dues are $100 per year
and are payable in
January in lump sum

New Manager is
Greg Gamboa, Phone:
760-776-5100 ext 6309

The Management Co.
39755 Berkey Drive, Suite A •
Palm Desert, CA 92211

P: (760) 776-5100 x6343
F: (760) 776-5111

Email us: Theblogfolks@bdcommun.com




TODAY is Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Palm Desert will be conducting a CERT class
March 23-25, 2018.

Date & Time:

March 23rd Friday 5:30pm-9:30pm

March 24th Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

March 25th Sunday 8:00am-5:00pm


College of the Desert.

Thank you,

Eric W. Cadden,

Emergency Services Coordinator

Office of Emergnecy Services

73-510 Fred Waring Drive

Palm Desert, California  92260


760-346-0611 x590
Hi Mrs. B

The Country Club said you might be able to help in my finding part time

I live over on Montego Bay Drive and available for house sitting, dog
sitting, driving, etc.

Please respond if I have reached the right party.

Thank you,

Carl Retter
79294 Montego Bay Drive
Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203
My cell # is 650-274-9200

I am 78 years old, healthy, dependable.

My one and only friend, Nancy Warren lives here at the Bermuda
Oasis where I live. She is the President of the HOA here.

I can give a neighbor also as a reference. Nancy was a client of mine
back in the 70's and we are still very good friends.

I drive a 2014 Toyota Hybrid, have been with the auto club since 1971.
My record is clean including my credit.

I lived in the Bay Area for many years and have all kinds of references.

I work for the Collection Bureau of America out of Hayward and have
been working for them since 2010. I am a part time outside salesman.
You can call Linda Jackson to verify this.

If you would like to have a face to face meeting after February 25th
please let me know. I have company from South America until then.

Will check in with you after the 26th.

Thank you very much.
Carl Retter
Mrs. B

We are considering switching to T Mobile.  Would it be possible
to ask the blog readers if those who have T Mobile get a
decent cell signal in BDCC?

Brian J. Skeggs

Can anyone help Brian?

Mrs. B




PLEASE CALL 914-258-3318
Eldorado Polo Club - Sunday Polo

Join us this Sunday presented by Maker's Mark,  matches are at 12pm
& 2pm and gates open at 10am for tailgating - there is a bouncy house
for the kids, a halftime divot stomp presented by Ruffino Prosecco, as
well as a chance to win a cruise on Royal Caribbean International
courtesy of CruiseOne Palm Desert! You can enjoy the matches by
field side tailgating or at the Clubhouse Restaurant. Clubhouse
seating is just $10 per person and features the comfort of full table
Please note that reservations are now filling up fast for Sunday
Clubhouse seating, please call the Clubhouse reservation hotline
ASAP  to make your reservation: (760)-831-POLO (7656)


Looking for someone that does minor sewing/repairs.

Thanks Vicki
970 640 4600
Nancy Coates, Bermuda Golf Club Estates

Need back bumper painted on 2016 CRV. Don’t want to use insurance
of the person that hit me. Minor scratches. Suggestions?

760 984 4584
Bats in the Desert and the Southwest

Bats are often thought of as flying mice, but they are more
closely related to primates, including humans, than they are to
mice. Bats are unique among mammals because they fly. As
with most other mammals, the bat's body is covered by hair,
with the exception of its wings.

Although bats have the same basic arm and hand bones found
in humans and most other mammals, the bat's hand and finger
bones are very long and slender and there are only fpur digits.
The skin between the arms, fingers, body, legs, and feet looks
delicate, but is extremely resistant to tearing by sharp objects.

Size can vary greatly among the more than 900 bats species
worldwide, ranging from the 0.5-ounce bumblebee bat with a 6-
inch wing span to the 3.3-lb flying fox with a wing span of 80

Geography – Range

Bats are found almost everywhere on earth, except in extremely
hot desert environments and the cold Polar Regions.

Vital Stats

Weight: 1/2-oz. –3.3lbs.
Wingspan: 6-78"
Sexual Maturity: 6-12 mos.
Mating Season: year round
Gestation Period: 60-240 days
No. of Young: 1-2
Birth Interval: 1 year
Lifespan: 4-32 years in the wild
Typical diet: insects


All resident species of bats in the US are capable of being
infected with rabies, but the incidence of rabies is the same as
in other mammals. Left alone, bats pose no threat to humans.
But most bats will bite when first captured and handled.

Never handle a bat that appears unable to fly.

Never use your hands to pick up a bat found on the ground.

Before entering a bat roosting site to study specimens, contact
the Board of Health and inquire about local rabies conditions.


The more than 900 species of bats worldwide belong to the
taxanomic order Chiroptera. The United States is known to
have 15 genera, totaling 44 species of bats.

Bats are unique in the animal kingdom because they are the
only mammals to have evolved true flight. Most species also
possess a system of acoustic orientation, often called "bat
radar," but technically known as echolocation.

Related Species

There are numerous species of bats throughout North America.
Those that inhabit the southwestern deserts comprise 11
genera and more than 18 species. The more wide-ranging
ones include:

Big Free-tailed Bat (Tadarida macrotis) - Extreme southern
Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts. Free-tailed bats also known
as mastiff bats, or bulldog bats because of their facial
resemblance to dogs, comprise about 90 species of bats in the
family Molossidae. Most species live in groups.

California Leaf-nosed Bat (Marcotus californicus) - Sonoran
and Mojave deserts.

California Myotis (Myotis californicus) - Throughout all four
deserts of the American Southwest and along the Pacific coast.

Cave Myotis (Myotis velifer) - Sonoran and chihuahuan
deserts, excluding California.

Mexican-Free-tailed Bat - (Tadarida brasiliensis mexicana) -
Chihuahuan Desert. A subspecies of the Brazilian free-tailed
bat, forms colonies of several million individuals. Females
migrate from Central Mexico to Texas and adjacent states each
spring, returning south in the fall. Carlsbad Caverns in New
Mexico was discovered as a result of the Mexican free-tailed
bat's emergence. Here, in five large caves, they form summer
nursery colonies, where they produce about 100 million young .
While females occupy the nurseries, their daily flights to and
from the caverns are a major feature of this national park.

Vampire Bats - Three species of blood-eating bats, family
Desmodontidae, native to the New World tropics, occurring in
the Chihuahuan Desert of northern Mexico. Vampire bats feed
on any quietly resting warm-blooded animal. They make a small
cut with their sharp incisor teeth, often without disturbing their
prey, and lap the blood that flows from the incision. The three
species are the common (Desmodus rotundus), white-winged
(Diaemus youngi) and hairy-legged (Diphylla ecaudata).


As bats fly, they issue a continuous stream of high-pitched
sounds at the rate of about 30 per second. The frequency of
these sounds starts at approximately 30,000 cycles, the
extreme upper limit of human hearing, and ranges upward to
60,000 cycles.

The squeaking of a roosting bat is at a much lower frequency
and easily discernible to the human ear. If a bat picks up an
echo from one of its sounds, it instantly speeds up the rate of
discharge until the signals are coming at 50-60 per second.

The pattern formed by the echoes tells the bat of obstacles,
their size, shape, and location. Bats can thus easily locate their
prey, night-flying insects, as well. This is referred to as


Bat "wings" are really leathery membranes stretched between
the extremely elongated four "fingers" of their front feet,
extending back to the outer portion of their hind legs. Another
membrane extends from the inside of the hind legs to the tail,
leaving the hind feet free for gripping as the bat hangs upside
down in its roost.


Although the bat is not blind, its eyes are best adapted to
seeing in the dark, and see in black and white only.


Bats have greatly enlarged ears, necessary for night flying,
which they keep meticulously clean with their sharp thumbs.


The thumbs of the forefoot are small, equipped with sharp
claws and not connected to the membrane.


Bats are very shy creatures and like most wild animals, avoid
contact with humans while going about their business of eating,
reproducing and avoiding predators. Bats vary greatly in their
habits, depending on their species. Some fly in daylight, others
at dusk or dawn, and still others only in the dark of night. Some
are found exclusively in remote caves, others in remote caves
or behind the shutters of your house. Some hibernate while
others migrate long distances.

The flight of bats is not direct but undulating, somewhat like a
stone skipping across a pond. As it hunts, the bat is virtually
unmolested. Occasionally, one may fall prey to an owl, or a
sudden storm might claim some victims, but, for the most part,
the life of the bat is quite uneventful.

Although their general appearance would seem to deny it, bats
are clean. When a bat returns to its roost for its upside-down
sleep, it will spend as much as 30 minutes cleaning itself before
settling down to sleep. Wherever it can reach with its long, pink
tongue will be thoroughly bathed. Often, moistened hind feet
with their fingers free of the membrane will tend to the rest of
the body.

When winter comes, insects are no longer available and
weather extremes make flying hazardous. The bat, having at
least doubled its weight since spring, will either hibernate or
migrate. Some bat migrations are known to cover as much as
1,000 miles. By late fall, one way or another , the bat has
accumulated a layer of fat that will sustain it either through a
winter's sleep or a marathon migration flight.


Some species of bats prefer to live alone in trees. Other
species live in groups called colonies and are likely to inhabit
caves. Tropical bats make homes everywhere from banana
leaves to spider webs.

Food & Hunting

Nearly all bats that live in the United States feed on insects. As
it flits about, the bat gathers insects in its open mouth or in its
tail membrane, which it controls like a scoop. In the course of
one night's hunting a bat may consume more than half its own
body weight in insects. Bats consume many hundreds of
thousands of tons of insects each year.

As it flies across open water, the bat swoops low and dredges
up water in its dangling lower jaw. It may make several passes
over a pond or rain puddle to reduce its thirst.


Mating may occur two or even three times a year; in late fall,
just before hibernation, in midwinter if the roost is warm
enough, and again in spring.

The birth, however, following a delayed fertilization where the
sperm is held dormant within the female, takes place in the
spring or summer after an actual gestation period of 50 to 60
days. While some births occur in May, June and July see the
arrival of most baby bats.

When she is about to give birth, the female moves off to an
area within the roost and changes her position so that she is
hanging head-up by her thumbs rather than head-down. As the
infant emerges, the female cups her tail membrane to catch it.
She then licks it to help it free its wings and legs, which are
stuck to its body.

The young bat may weigh one-fifth as much as its mother. Its
eyes are closed for the first day only, and it is quite naked for
the first several days. Within a week after its birth the baby bat
is carried on the nightly hunts by the female; it grasps her fur
and feeds at one of her two nipples.

In two or three weeks it is weaned and then may be fed on
regurgitated food brought home by the mother, after it becomes
too heavy. By the third or fourth week, it is hunting on its own
and is only five weeks away from full growth. Females mate at
the end of their first summer, males at the end of their second.
In some species, multiple births occur up to four.

A bat may live from 10 to 20 years, depending on species and
circumstances. Accidents claim some, cave temperatures that
drop below freezing take those that don't move in time, but bats
are more likely to live out their full life potential than most small


Bats have many natural enemies and large numbers of them
die while still young. Some of the hazards include great horned
owls, some species of hawks, Peregrine falcons, raccoons,
house cats, and snakes. Bats can be caught on barbed-wire
fences, fall from a roost, or die if their cave is flooded.

The most significant causes of premature bat death, however,
are the activities of people. Bats are in serious decline nearly
everywhere. Forty percent of the bats in the US and Canada
are endangered or candidates for such status. Even small
disturbances in their habitat can seriously threaten their
survival. Use of insecticides in agriculture is responsible for
killing bats in great numbers. When bats consume the chemical-
laden insects, the bats become poisoned and die.

Bat droppings (guano) support entire ecosystems of unique
organisms, including bacteria useful in detoxifying wastes,
improving detergents and producing gasohol and antibiotics.

If you have found a downed bat don't touch it with your bare
hands. Using leather gloves or a thick cloth, gently put the bat
in a small box with the cloth (so it has somewhere to cling and
hide), cover and keep it away from children and pets. Place the
box somewhere warm and quiet if possible. If you are in
Southern California, immediately call 858/679-0211. If you are
not in Southern California, click this link to Bat World's Local
Rescue page to find a rehabilitator near you by clicking on your
state. If you can't find one there, let Bat Rescue know and they
will try to find a qualified bat rehabilitator in your area who can
help you and the bat.
5 Ways To Attract Bats To Your YardWant free fertilizer?
Fewer pesky insects? Bats can help.

                             Baby Fruit Bat

It’s unfair how bad a rap bats get. Between the vampire films,
spooky decorations, and blood-sucking ghost stories, you’d
think they were all out to get us. That couldn’t be further from
the truth: Bats are relatively harmless and rarely bite humans—
unless provoked. (So don’t poke!)

Forget their fearsome reputation, and consider trying to attract
bats rather than avoid them. If you garden or spend a lot of time
outside, bats are quite beneficial. Most North American bats eat
insects and offer an excellent alternative to mosquito repellent,
gobbling up over 1000+ mosquitoes per hour. An ordinary
colony of 75 bats can devour up to 75,000 insects in a single
hour—talk about organic pest control! Another perk: bat
droppings, otherwise known as guano, act as a nutrient-dense
fertilizer, making that garden of yours thrive like never before.

So how can you bring bats to your neighborhood? Like all
creature, bats seek food, water, and shelter. Here's how to
make your backyard move-in ready for these productive

Find Out What Bats Are Nearby

If you're in an urban area, it'll be harder to spot bats. You might
want to reach out to a bat enthusiast group or locate an expert
leading local walks. Contact the Bat Conservation International
for more information. A little research can go a long way toward
creating an appealing environment for local bats.

Offer A Water Source

According to Bat Conservation International’s Water for Wildlife
program, “Studies of bat physiology have documented water
loss of up to 50 percent of body weight in a single day. Even
the most desert-adapted bat species periodically need water,
and the loss of a single source can threaten the survival of
local populations.” Unsurprisingly, having a water feature such
as a pond on your property can really make it very enticing for
bats. If you don't have a natural water source nearby,
PennState Extension recommends installing a birdbath or
fountain to attract more bats to your backyard.
Mrs. B

When are baby coyotes born?

Coyotes mate in early spring; litters of usually 5 to 7 pups are
typically born in late April or May. Both parents care for the
young, which remain with the family as they learn to hunt and
behave as adults. With foxes, mating may occur from late
December to March, but January and February are the usual

So...here we are - new kittens and new baby pups are getting
ready to enter our world.

Please treat both of them with love and respect!

This cheesecake recipe is one of my favs. It always turns
out great. Impress your family this Easter!

Cheesecake is one of those desserts that can have a few
pitfalls, and certainly, the most common symptom is that it
cracks while baking. As it turns out, though, there are several
missteps that can lead to cracking.

The following tips will help keep you on track so your
cheesecakes turn out just fine. Note that they don't necessarily
appear in order of importance, but rather in order of the actual
steps of baking the cheesecake.

To begin with, don't use cream cheese that comes in one of
those plastic tubs. Only use solid, rectangular blocks of cream
cheese. The stuff in tubs has air whipped into it and it won't
work out the same way. Also, full-fat cream cheese (and sour
cream) works best.

Tips for Making the Perfect Cheesecake

Room Temperature: Make sure all ingredients — the cream
cheese, sour cream, eggs and even the sugar — are at room
temperature. This will allow the ingredients to blend together
better, giving you a smoother cheesecake. If the cream cheese
is too cold, it can ultimately lead to a lumpy cheesecake.

Don't Overbeat: And you want to mix thoroughly, but not too
thoroughly. Overheating can cause the cheesecake to crack
when you bake it. So, when you're combining the sugar, cream
cheese, eggs and other ingredients, do it on a medium-low
speed. The paddle attachment (as opposed to the whip
attachment) of a stand mixer is best so that you don't beat too
much air into the batter.

Use a Springform Pan: The best pan for baking a cheesecake
is a springform pan. These pans have removable sides, so you
can release your cake without having to flip the whole pan over
— and why tempt fate that way? Make sure the bottom is
greased when you press the graham cracker crumbs into the
bottom, and also make sure the sides of the pan are well-
greased when you pour in the batter.

Melted butter is great for greasing the pan, but you can just rub
it with butter or even spray it with cooking spray. They make
springform pans with a nonstick coating but grease it anyway.

Keep it Moist: A dry cheesecake will also crack. To prevent
this, we bake a cheesecake with a pan of water in the oven.
This will generate steam, and a steam oven will prevent the
cheesecake from drying out. This is similar to the way we bake
a creme brulee in a water bath — both creme brulee and
cheesecake are essentially baked custards. You can do this
with a cheesecake, too, but you have to wrap the springform
pan with foil to make sure it doesn't leak. This, too, is just
asking for trouble. Put the roasting pan of water on the lower
rack and bake the cheesecake on the upper rack.

No Peeking: Don't open the oven while baking! You don't want
to let all that steamy air out. Also, changes in temperature
during baking can cause the cheesecake to crack or sink in the

And No Poking: Don't poke anything into the center of a
cheesecake to see if it's done. As you'll do is make a hole in it.
That goes for instant-read thermometers. It so happens that
when the center of a cheesecake hits 150°F, it's done.

But the only way to know that is to poke it with a thermometer.
Don't do it. Instead, just give it a jiggle. If it's firm at the edges
and still wobbles a little in the center, it's done.

Damage Control: If something does go wrong, your
cheesecake will probably still taste great. If it comes out
cracked, you can always cover the cracks with fruit or even a
simple sour cream frosting. If it's lumpy, promise yourself you'll
let your ingredients come to room temperature next time. And if
you can't get it out of the pan, break out the forks and dig right
Note from Mr. and Mrs. B:

It is with deep sadness that we post an update by beautiful
Riley's Mom.

March 14:
Not the update that we wanted to post.

Here it is - it’s back for a third time.

It’s everywhere 5 or 6 new spots including her spine and her only
adrenal gland and her arm and her legs. She progressed on DFMO -
we will talk to Dr. Scholler tomorrow and try to get home as fast as we
can. Our goal is to keep her comfortable till the end - maybe a few
weeks, maybe a few months. Sometime before her birthday they

As God as my witness I will never stop fighting for these kids! Cancer
didn’t win - God wins and love wins!

March 16:
They did a lymph node biopsy today and it is most definitely relapsed /
recurrent neuroblastoma.

We will try to get the infection under control as well and do an MIGB
scan next week. Dr. Sholler is doing some genomic sequencing of the
lymph node today and will look for targeted therapies but that keep her
out of the hospital and are easy on her.

We are going to have to make some tough decisions because of the
lack of healthcare in the desert they want us within 30 minutes of a
hospital with a hands on pediatric hospice team. I don’t know what that
looks like - I don’t know anything. I only know that my precious
daughter and us have fought the good fight and will continue to seek
out God in all of this. Pray for my tender heart, it is most certainly
broken into small little pieces.

You know it’s bad when the oncologist cries with you.
For Additional Information and way you can help, click
Anyone know someone who does ironing?  I need to hire someone to
give me some help in this lost art. Call Bobbie at 442-666-3082 or email
me at bobjeanebel@aol.com.  Thanks.
Hi Donna,

it is so considerate of you to check with me.

We found Marlowe's body end of last week very close to our house.
He had 4 full days and nights when the patio door was open at all
times to return or respond to our calls.

The only silver lining we have is that it appears he decided it was time
for him to leave on his own will after a full and happy cat life of 16

We are all heartbroken nonetheless, he was a very special little guy
with a heart full of love.

Thank you again for posting it on your blog and wishing us well.

Best Regards,


Oh Marc,

I am so sad to hear this news. Hopefully it was a peaceful
death. We just had to put our Miss Ellie to sleep. I still have not
gotten over it. She was 19 years old.

Donna and Bob
Bermuda Dunes Security Association Executive Session
Meeting Agenda

Thursday, March 22, 2018 (Closed)
Executive Session at 1:30 p.m.
BDSA Security Admin Building, 79-021 Avenue 42, Bermuda
Dunes, CA 92203


Bermuda Dunes Security Association Board of Directors
Meeting Agenda

Thursday, March 22, 2018 (Open) Regular Session
at 3:00 p.m.

Bermuda Dunes Country Club, 42-765 Adams St., Bermuda
Dunes, CA 92203

a. Security Committee Nagels
b. Joint Committee Nagels
c. Street Committee Nelson
d. Landscaping Committee Fox/Bishop
e. Emergency Preparedness Committee Nagels/Emerson
f. Communications Committee/J. Thiele Thiele/Frey
g. Ad Hoc Governing Docs Committee/M. Tanner Tanner
h. Ad Hoc Record Retention Nelson
131-1413, 131-6706, 131-7022, 138-0460, 146-4535, 152-
8523, 130-5791, 130-4404, 147-8819
a. Testa Perimeter Wall/Fence Bids/Vote
b. Transponder Refund Policy/Vote
a. Curb & Gutter Project Bids/Vote

X. NEXT MEETING – The Next BDSA Board of Directors
Meeting will be held on April 19, 2018 @ 3PM. Time and place





*Agenda to Follow

This meeting is Coachella Fest Specific!!

La Quinta Egg Hunt
Visit La Quinta - California
78468 Blackhawk Way
La Quinta 92253

9:00 am - 10:00 am


Join your neighbors and friends for the City of La Quinta's
annual egg hunt! Children, up to age 10 are welcome to
participate in this egg-cellent event! Look for candy and toy-filled
eggs scattered around. A chalk drawing contest begins at 9:15
a.m. and a special visit from the Easter Bunny is planned too!
Check your eggs for a golden ticket!
Ruthie (94 years young) and Betty (right, 90 years young) at a dear
friends annual high tea. This is their favorite event of the year. It
begins with searching for the right dress, hat and gloves. BFFs for

They still play cards at the Club and up until recently Ruthie would
drive into the Senior Center in Palm Desert to volunteer.

Easter Eggstravaganza
The Living Desert
47900 Portola Ave
Palm Desert 92260

9:00 am - 12:00 pm


COST: $Eggstravaganza is free for members and included with paid
admission to the park for non-members.        
CALL: (760) 346-5694

Join the Easter Bunny and his strolling friends (photo opportunities
available) for fun activities. The day of fun will take start in Gecko
Gulch with a huge Easter Egg hunt of 10,000 eggs. Enjoy a variety of
activities to include keeper chats, Easter crafts, face painting, games
and prizes and more!

We have lots of exciting things happening in our

The Lima Hall project should be starting May 26th and
the new BERMUDA DUNES BULLETIN has just arrived.
Congratulations to BDSA for showing that transparency
does exist in our Community.

I have added the Bulletin on the left side of the blog,
under BDSA...and you haven't seen the Bulletin yet, you
can view it

March 30, 31 & April 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden

“Midnight Bloom,” an original #MixedMedia painting by IWAF Featured
Artist Carolyn Johnson Artist, was unveiled as the 2018 Indian Wells
Arts Festival Commemorative Print by Indian Wells Mayor Kimberly
Muzik, festival producer Dianne Funk and the artist.

Presented to the City Council, Staff and audience members at the
February 15th City Council Meeting, Funk proclaimed the 54”h x 39”h
painting as magical and awe-inspiring as our desert itself, “Carolyn has
captured a truly unique perspective that celebrates the wondrous
beauty of life on the desert floor and our connection with the universe
above, best seen for all of its splendor under the desert’s night sky.”

Known for her “soft carving” method, Johnson developed an entirely
new signature technique she calls ‘pastel fusion’ to create the
effervescent painting commissioned especially for the 16th annual
Indian Wells Arts Festival. Both the original painting and its replication
in commemorative posters will be available for purchase at the event,
March 30, 31 & April 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. www.
Whats going on with the landscaping at the airport?  Who owns the
tennis courts? I think they need a letter from the community board or
the code enforcement that they need to clean up the property. What do
you think?

Hello Janet:

We couldn't agree more. The tennis courts are owned by the
same people who own the airport.

Their poor maintenance and appearance has been of great
concern to our council. We are repeatedly being told it is in the

At the last Council meeting, I asked when the start date for the
new project was, and was told 'soon.'

We will be sending a letter to the owners within days to discuss
this matter with them.

Thanks for asking.

Donna Hubenthal-Nelson
Chairwoman, Bermuda Dunes Community Council
In regards to Brian's question about t-mobile.  We had it for 10 years
and we did not have good reception. They did everything to help
including putting a booster in our house which did not work.


This has been verified by Snopes as a SCAM

Starting 4/1/18 Medicare will start a year-long project to replace all
current Medicare cards for beneficiaries to convert to alphanumeric ID
numbers. Currently, the ID number is your social security number.

Just a heads up that there is a scam going around involving the new
Medicare Cards coming out in April.  Pass it along .  It might come in
handy to know Medicare will never call you on the phone.

It is true that the new cards will be sent out from April 2018 to April
2019. Medicare has also warned on scams. They do not charge for
cards or want your personal information over the phone.

Example of the new Medicare cards

Here's what you need to know to protect yourself, family and friends,
throughout the US.
First of all the new Medicare card will come to you in the mail.  You
don't need to request it or do anything. It will show up.


Somebody from "MEDICARE " will call to tell you-you are getting a new
Medicare card. But until it comes you will need a temporary card. Fee
for the card is between $5-50 dollars. They want personal information,
bank account or credit card so they can process your temporary card.


Medicare will never call you unless you ask them to.

Medicare does all communications by mail unless you ask them to call.

Ditto for anybody saying they "work with Medicare to make sure you
get everything you are entitled to" .


First of all, spread the word. Feel free to share these notes.

Use your answering machine to screen calls or just don't even answer
a number you don't recognize.

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March 20, 2018

Dear Homeowner(s):

On behalf of the Board of Directors for the Bermuda Dunes
Security Association, we are providing this communication for
an upcoming project.

The Bermuda Dunes Community Council is in the final planning
stages of installing sidewalks at Lima Hall south of 42nd

This project will begin the week of March 26, 2018, coinciding
with Spring Break at James Monroe School. This should help to
alleviate a large portion of foot traffic during the construction

The project will commence on Monday morning @0800 hrs. and
take @2-3 days for completion.

Project Scope: Installation of sidewalks on both sides of Lima
Hall south of 42nd Ave. The Westside will extend to the
alleyway of Coral and the Eastside will extend to the existing
sidewalk outside the pedestrian gate for Bermuda Dunes
Country Club.

Security will assist with signage, fliers and channel 98
announcement in advance of construction. Additionally, they will
be present to monitor and assist if traffic control or gate access
issues arise. It is planned that they will be able to maintain
ingress/egress during the project with some minor traffic control
during the pouring process for the concrete. The pedestrian
gate will be locked during the construction on the Eastside to
encourage pedestrians to use the opposite side of the street.

Communication will be maintained throughout the project to
insure a successful completion and the least amount of
inconvenience to the community. Please contact BDSA’s
Security Team at 760-360-1322 ext. 3 should you have
additional questions.

On Behalf of your BDSA Board of Directors

John Walters-Clark
John Walters-Clark
Community Association Manager
Associa – Desert Resort Management
42-635 Melanie Place, Ste. 103, Palm Desert, CA 92211
760.346.1161 Phone  760.346.9918 Fax

I have watched with great interest the success of
Brandini over the years. I always try to help them in any
way I can.

This is a great deal...Order yours today!
Our thanks to Lee Miller for sending us these quotes to
make us smile.

I was relaxing in our backyard yesterday evening and I
had the pleasure of seeing several bats drop down over
our pool to eat those pesky no see-ums.
This reminded me why we should welcome bats and not
be afraid of them...
Build a Bat House
Bat California: Russell Hunsaker

I love bats because mosquitoes LOVE to bite me. Pesticides can be
harmful to mosquitoes’ predators as well as mosquitoes. According to
Bat Conservation International, one little brown bat can eat 60 medium-
sized moths or over 1000 mosquito-sized insects in one night!

Bats are also interesting because:

In many ecosystems, they play a key role in pollinating plants.
There are more than 1,300 species of bats in the world!
Some bats use echolocation, or high pitched chirps which bounce off
objects in front of them, to find their way in the dark.
Before I share my bat house building experience, let me say that I am
no carpenter. This was my first time using a circular saw. Hopefully
this can help even the least handy person build a bat house.

Why Build a Bat House?
You might be surprised: bats don't always live in caves. Some bats
spend winter months in caves, but most bats spend summers in trees,
under bridges or in old buildings, where they give birth and rear young.

Your goal is to make a bat house that mimics the space between bark
and a tree trunk. That would be the bats' ideal nursery. That's why the
space inside a bat house is very narrow, unlike a bird house which
would house a nest. Bats like tight spaces. They also need it nice and
warm for the babies. That's why we paint the box a dark color in most
climates and why we caulk the sides to keep the heat in. Also, you'll be
using a saw to rough up inside the box. That makes it more like tree
bark and easier for the bats to climb up.

You might wonder why you need to build a bat house. Why can't the
bats just find a nice tree? That is the challenge for many bat species
as forests are cleared. Ideally they would live in a natural home but we
build bat houses to help those who can't find space in a forest.

A bat house is also is a great way to provide cover for wildlife, as well
as a place for wildlife to raise young--two components of becoming a
National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat site.

How to Build a Bat House

First I printed a bat house construction plan from Bat Conservation
International's website. (They also have a Bat House Builder’s
Handbook available for free in a digital version on their bat house
pages.) The big surprise was that this bat house ended up being
bigger than I expected: two feet wide and almost three feet tall!
According to their website, a successful bat house can be smaller (14
inches wide instead of 24 inches wide), but this one was designed to
easily use up a 2 foot by 4 foot piece of plywood with fewer cuts.

That was not how I had pictured a bat house. Have you ever seen bat
houses for sale that are smaller or shaped like a bird house? I have.
That just means those houses were made by people less acquainted
with bat needs.

I read over the plan and I found that I needed a location with: lots of
sun; at least 15 feet off the ground (to protect against predators); and
ideally a water source nearby (so the mother bat doesn't have to leave
her young for too long).

Interestingly, bats are less attracted to bat houses mounted on trees.
There's a few reasons for this:

It's too easy for predators to get bats as they exit

The branches causing obstructions to exiting bats which drop down
then up into flight

It's too shady from branches above.

Bat houses mounted on buildings retain heat better and are less
accessible to predators. You can put them on a pole though. Luckily
my townhouse is three stories high and has a sunny side. It's also near
a stream. So I felt I probably had a good site.

Supplies Needed to Build a Bat House

The supplies on the Bat Conservation International plan are:

1/4 sheet ( 2' x 4' ) 1/2" AC, BC, or T1-11 (outdoor grade) plywood. DO
NOT use pressure treated wood.
One piece 1" x 2" (3/4" x 1 1/2" finished) x 8' pine
20-30 1 1/4" coated deck or exterior-grade Phillips screws
One pint dark, water-based stain, exterior-grade
One pint water-based primer, exterior-grade
One quart flat water-based paint or stain, exterior-grade
One tube paintable latex caulk
1" x 3" x 28" board for roof (optional, but highly recommended)
Black asphalt shingles or galvanized metal (optional)
6-10 7/8" roofing nails (optional)
Tools Needed to Build a Bat House
Table saw or handsaw
Caulking gun
Variable speed reversing drill
Phillips bit for drill
Tape measure or yardstick
Scissors (optional)
Staple gun (optional)
For those of you who do not normally buy wood, here are some tips:

Try to purchase Forest Stewardship Council certified wood and/or
recycle scrap wood.

When you buy a piece of wood that is advertised as 1 inch by 2
inches, it is not actually that big when you measure it. It's more like 3/4
inch by 1 1/2 inches. That was important for me to know because it
allowed me to use scrap wood for part of the project.
The supply list in the bat house plan was very helpful, but I would add:

Two clamps for clamping wood while you saw or drill
Safety glasses for when you use power tools
A small broom for sweeping sawdust
Also, the bat house plan calls for paint. I didn't know what color and
initially I thought white to match my house trim. But then I checked their
website and they have a map where you look up what color to paint
your bat house. For my area, I need dark brown or gray.

Building the House

Step 1: Wood Cutting (30 minutes)
Measure and mark where you need to cut the wood according to the
plan. Clamp it down to a sturdy spot for safety. You cannot safely hold
the wood and the circular saw. Adjust the blade to the correct depth
depending on the width of your wood. It takes only five cuts. Don't
forget your safety glasses.

At this point, I took the wood and laid it together to get a sense of how
this was going to look. You'll see that the bottom piece is the biggest.
The 1X2 inch pieces form the sides of the bat house and then there
are two smaller pieces of plywood on top. The gap between those two
is a ventilation slot.

Step 2: Putting grooves on the back piece (2 hours)
This was the most difficult part of making the bat house, but it's the
most important. The goal is take the plywood, which is very smooth,
and roughen it up to provide places for the bat to crawl up into the
house. The instructions said that you can do this by cutting grooves
into the wood. Another option is to find sturdy plastic mesh and staple
it along the backboard. I chose to cut grooves because I think it will
look better and also if I was a bat looking for a tree, I might not be
attracted to a lot of plastic. But both options apparently work.

The instructions say that the grooves need to be about a half inch
apart, so I measured and marked where I thought the grooves should

When it came time to cut the grooves, what I found challenging was
that I didn't know what type of tool to use.

Since at first I was shy about using the circular saw, I tried to use a
hand saw. After 30 minutes and only three grooves, I realized I would
have to rely on technology.

I set the circular saw to only 1/16 of an inch, reclamped the plywood
and started cutting grooves into the backboard. They were not always
perfectly straight lines, but that's not important because trees do not
have perfectly straight grooves either.

Once I had cut grooves over the whole backboard with the circular
saw, I took my hand saw and deepened some of the grooves. I did this
because I was not sure if the circular saw went deeply enough and
also to roughen it up even further.

Step 3: Staining inside the bat house (1 hour)
Bats like it dark inside their houses so it's important to stain all inside
parts a dark color. First you have to sweep all the sawdust carefully
from the backboard, especially from the grooves that you cut.

I chose a walnut stain because it was the darkest one at the store. It's
important to use stain rather than paint because paint would fill in the
grooves you just cut. Stain just soaks into the wood nicely.

It only takes two coats of the stain, and the stain dries fast if you are
making your bat house outside in the sun.

Step 4: Caulking and screwing on the sides (30 minutes)
If you are going to use plastic mesh to help the bats climb inside your
bat house, now is the time when you would staple it on. Make sure it
hangs all the way down to the "landing pad" area so bats have
something to grab on to.

Before adding the side pieces, apply caulk. This seals the bat house to
help keep the heat inside. Baby bats need a warm home - reaching 80
to 100 degrees Fahrenheit in July.

Next you use your power drill to attach on the side pieces. Since these
pieces are rather narrow, they can easily split. A way to avoid splitting
is to pre-drill the holes with a drill bit that is smaller than the size of
your screw. Then, when you drill in the screws, they go in much easier
and your wood stays whole.

Step 5: Caulking and screwing on the top pieces (30 minutes)
Next, attach the top two pieces of plywood. First caulk to ensure a
snug fit. Then follow the same advice for drilling and attach the larger
of the two top pieces.

Before you attach the smaller of the two pieces, measure to make sure
your ventilation slot is about half an inch.

Step 6: Caulking the sides and adding the roof (15 minutes)
To ensure there are no gaps between all these pieces of wood where
heat could escape, leaving our poor bats shivering in the cold, put
some caulk all around the sides in any gaps that you see.

Finally, add a piece of wood to the top to form a roof.

Step 7: Priming and painting the bat house (variable given paint drying
Finally, we need to ensure the bathouse lasts a long time so we prime
and paint it. We prime it with an exterior primer that discourages the
growth of any plants or mold. Here I am applying the primer. Next I
painted four layers of dark paint - in my case it was dark brown.

Writer’s Note: I have to be honest with you: I built this bat house when I
had little babies, and as any young mother knows, hanging a bat
house doesn’t really reach the top of the “to-do” list. So I gave the bat
house to a friend at the National Wildlife Federation in the hopes it
might get put up here. Unfortunately we don’t know what happened to
it. We looked all over, but it’s now been six years and there’s no sign
of it. So, here is how you SHOULD mount your new bat house!

Step 8: Mount the Bat House (20 minutes)
Bat houses should be mounted on poles or buildings, which provide
the best protection from predators. Wood or stone buildings with good
solar exposure are excellent choices, and locations under the eaves
often have been successful. All bat houses should be mounted at least
12 feet above ground; 15 to 20 feet is better.

I hope you enjoy building your bat house, whether it's in celebration of
bats at Halloween or any time of the year. Remember, once you put up
the bat house, it may take a few years for a bat to find it. They will
come looking in the spring time, so ideally it should be hung by late

Photos and story by Carla Brown, former Web Producer for the
National Wildlife Federation
What's the Origin of the Easter Bunny?

Easter is the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus,
but the seasonal chocolate eggs and the bunny who delivers
them are nowhere to be found in scripture.

The exact origins of the Easter bunny are clouded in mystery.
One theory is that the symbol of the rabbit stems from pagan
tradition, specifically the festival of Eostre—a goddess of
fertility whose animal symbol was a bunny. Rabbits, known for
their energetic breeding, have traditionally symbolized fertility.

Eggs are also representative of new life, and it’s believed that
decorating eggs for Easter dates back to the 13th century.
Hundreds of years ago, churches had their congregations
abstain from eggs during Lent, allowing them to be consumed
again on Easter. According to History.com, in the 19th century
Russian high society started exchanging ornately decorated
eggs—even jewel encrusted—on Easter.

But how did the Easter Bunny begin delivering eggs on
American shores? According to History.com, the theory with the
most evidence is that the floppy-eared bearer of candy came
over with German immigrants:

According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in
America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in
Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying
hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children
made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs.
Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. and the fabled
rabbit’s Easter morning deliveries expanded to include
chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, while decorated
baskets replaced nests. Additionally, children often left out
carrots for the bunny in case he got hungry from all his hopping.

Bunnies aren’t the animal traditionally associated with Easter in
every country. Some identify the holiday with other types of
animals like foxes or cuckoo birds.
Jack Rabbits
Genus Lepus

Jack Rabbits are true hares because, unlike the cottontailed
rabbits, they do not build nests. The mother simply chooses a
place to her liking and the young are born fully furred, with their
eyes wide open.

There are three species of hares (genus Lepus) native to
California: the Black-tailed, the White-tailed and the Snowshoe
hare. The Black-tailed and White-tailed hares are commonly
called Jack Rabbits. The Snowshoe (or Varying hare) is known
as the Snowshoe Rabbit

Jack Rabbit

Of these, only the Black-tailed Jack Rabbit (Lepus californicus)
is a desert dweller, inhabiting all 4 southwestern deserts. His
cousin the Antelope Jack Rabbit (Lepus alleni) prefers to live in
the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts.

The White-tailed Jack is the largest of California's hares. It
weighs from 6 to 8 pounds. In winter it is sometimes mistaken
for the Snowshoe Rabbit, because, in the colder parts of its
range, individuals turn completely white. The range of the
White-tailed Jack in California is restricted to the east side of
the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges from Tulare County
north to the Oregon border.

The Snowshoe Rabbit's range is a long narrow strip from the
Oregon border down through the higher elevations of the
Klamath, Cascade, and Sierra Nevada ranges as far south as
Tuolumne County. There are a few snowshoe rabbits in the
Warner Mountains in Modoc County. The Snowshoe is seldom
seen for it prefers to live in dense fir thickets and in winter is
isolated by deep snow.

Unlike the Black-tailed Jack, which prefers to live in valleys
and flat, open country, the White-tailed Jack lives in the hills
and mountains. In their summer coat, in areas where the
ranges of these two Jack Rabbits overlap, there may be some
confusion as to identity. However the two may be distinguished
by the color of the underside of their tails. The tail of the
Black-tailed Jack is brownish underneath; the tail of the
White-tailed Jack is white.

The Snowshoe Rabbit is more easily identified as it is the
smallest hare. It looks more like a cottontail rabbit. Its ears are
shorter than its head, but the underside of its tail is brown, not
white like the cottontail.

Jack Rabbit
The Black-tailed Jack Rabbit is 18 to 25 inches long and is
colored buff peppered with black above, and white below. The
tail has a black stripe above. The ears are long and brown with
black tips.The Antelope Jack is approximately the same size,
but colored gray above with the lower sides mostly white. The
face, throat and ears are brownish, but there is no black tip on
the ears.

The Snowshoe Rabbit, like the White-tailed Jack, also goes
through two annual molts. In early winter it turns snow white,
except for the tips of its ears, which remain black. Its feet
become covered with a mat of long hair, to help it run over the
soft snow, thus its name "snowshoe". In late spring it molts
again to a summer coat of grayish brown.

Jack Rabbit

Life Cycle
The Snowshoe Rabbit and the White-tailed Jack may have
more than one litter a year. There can be as many as 7 or 8 in
a litter, although the average litter is from 2 to 4.

The Black-tailed Jack is by far the most common and is found
all over California except in the mountainous areas at
elevations above 12,000 feet. They adapt themselves readily
to man's use of the land and thrive even in highly developed

In the more temperate areas of the Black-tailed Jack's range,
breeding may continue the year around. Usually several litters
are born each year. Here again there may be as many as 8,
but the average litter is from 2 to 4. The mother hides her
young when she goes out to feed, and, upon returning, mother
and young call to locate each other.

They grow rather rapidly and reach adult size in about 7 or 8
months. Sexual maturity is attained at about the same time, but
young females do not breed until early in the year following
their birth. Usually, the expectant mother provides no nest for
her young.
Hares have many natural enemies. Coyotes, Bobcats, foxes,
Horned Owls, hawks and snakes prey on both the young and
adults. At higher elevations the Marten and Fisher also prey on
the Snowshoe.

Hares are active primarily at night. During the day they lie
crouched in a "form" which they have made by using the same
spot in a clump of grass or weeds. With their long ears
flattened against their back, they are difficult to see. Frequently
on hot summer days, they can be seen resting in the shade of
a small bush or even a fence post. When frightened they run
with such speed that few dogs can catch them. At the start of
the chase their speed is broken by high long leaps.

Hares are strict vegetarians, eating a great variety of herbs
and shrubs. In farming areas the Black-tailed Jack may
become a serious pest in young orchards and to other
agricultural crops.

It is estimated that nearly 2 million "Jack Rabbits" are taken by
hunters annually in California. The flesh is excellent eating. In
periods of high population, some Black-tailed Jacks, like other
game and non-game species, may become diseased and carry
tularemia or be a host to common animal parasites. While this
is of minor consequence to humans, care should be used in
handling or skinning all animals, as some diseases are
transmissible through open cuts or abrasions. Cooking
thoroughly eliminates any danger.
600 bluegill have been added to the lakes on #7 and #9 Lake, as well
as #18. A big thank you to Mr. Mike Anderson for donating the fish to
help keep up our great quality lakes. Having the right number of fish is
critical for maintaining a healthy lake so that the fish do not get under
populated or stay small.