|Pic of the Month
Transforming Fear into Fun
|NOTE FROM MRS. B
We recommend Taco Tuesday and Wings Wednesday.
Delicious, and reasonable.
The margs are the best.
Dear Mrs. B
When It's Too Hot to Cook
Come to Murph's
Come join us in the Pub for your favorite beverage and nightly deals.
In the mood for the Valley's greatest burger? On Monday and
Thursday evenings we are serving our famous Burger with Fries for
Tuesday evenings, we are offering your choice of Beef, Chick or
Fish Tacos at 3 for $6.00. Wednesday is Wings night at only
75 cents each. In addition to our $7.00 Burger, we offer a 10 oz.
Prime Rib with Baked Potato, Vegetables and Dessert for $22.95 on
Summer Coupon Deals
Enjoy our Pan-Fried Chicken and Rib Dinners on your patio or
poolside, or better yet, in air conditioned comfort with our 2 for $30
Chicken Dinners Coupon. We also offer a $30 Chicken & Rib Dinner
Coupon. Coupons are valid every night.
We are also offering 10 pieces of our Pan-Fried Chicken with 2 side
salads, 2 pints of side items and 2 desserts, available for only $25.00
with our Quick Fix Coupon.
Click here to download your coupons.
Quick Fix To Go Specials
Your choice of six 2 for $21 Quick Fix Takeout Specials* Tuesday
through Saturday. Click here to view our Quick Fix menu.
Come and Enjoy Our Expanded Pub Menu
Including Weekend Breakfast
We have expanded our Pub Menu with salads, sandwiches and small
plates available from 10 AM to close. Your favorite Murph's dinner
entrées are available from 5 PM to Close. Click here to view or
download our Summer Pub Menu (including Our Weekend Breakfast
Cook'n with Rush 50% Off Radio Special
Listen to my Cook'n with Rush Show on MoneyRadio
(1200 AM/100.9 FM) on Thursday's from 10 - 11 AM and download
from my Cook'n with Rush web site a special 50% Off coupon for
either dine in or take out. Limit: 1 coupon per table and a maximum
party of 4.
Check out the Murph's Gaslight web site for other offers and
valuable coupons throughout the summer.
Wishing you and your family a great holiday weekend!
|EAT RIGHT. STAY FIT. DIE
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LIFE IS GOOD IN BERMUDA DUNES
BDSA EMERGENCY PLAN
Meets the 2nd Thursday
every other month
Supervisor PEREZ office
760 863 8211
Lt. Mike Manning
760 863 8784
760 540 1878
760 393 3344
Bermuda Dunes Community
Dunes Community Center
45-305 Oasis Street Indio,
CA 92201 (760) 347-3484
Bermuda Dunes Airport
Robert Berriman, Mgr.
PH: 760 345 2558
Myoma Water Co
Myoma Dunes Water
79050 Avenue 42
Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203
1 951 955 3333
1 866 732 1444
760 320 1048
1 393 3344
Dept of Animal Services
760 343 3644
ABOUT BDSA AND
Bermuda Dunes Security
Glen Smith-- President
(currently on leave of absence)
Jerry Lugo-- Acting President
Robert Nelson-- Treasurer
Phillip Bettencourt-- Secretary
Bill McMurtrey-- Director
John Thiele-- Director
Michael Tanner-- Director
Robert Nagles-- Director
Charles Bishop-- Director
John Walters-Clark-- Community
Manager with Associa
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
BDSA is managed by
Desert Resort Mgmt
760 346 1161
The Admin Office is open
Monday thru Friday for
questions and concerns.
Admin staff can also assist
with access to the
Resident Login System
Admin hours are as follows:
If this is urgent, please
contact Security at:
Main Gate: 760-360-1322
Glass Gate: 760-772-3137
Third Tuesday at
6:00 p.m. each month
Ron Rowell-- President
Edward Testo-- Vice President
Mike Soran-- Treasurer
Janet McMurtrey-- Secretary
Danae Delaney-- Director
Greg Gamboa-- Community
Manager with Management Trust
Bermuda Dunes Community
Here is what
(BDCA) is responsible for
most problems relating to
property owner's home
and lot, dogs,
draining, trash cans,
fountains and landscaping
at the main gate.
Committee reports to the
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
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YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE
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PET PLACE FOR
|TODAY is Tuesday, August 8, 2017
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a difference for this family!
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|I have added ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION, BERMUDA DUNES OVERLAY, EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN,
UPDATED CABLE/TV PLAN AND OTHER IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS - Lower Left on Blog
|BOCCE BALL COURTS ARE OPEN
THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER
Bring your own set of bocce balls and play away.
You may need to clean up the courts yourself, but that
goes with the responsibility of keeping our courts looking
Playing in the early morning or late afternoon is the best!
|We need volunteers:
Email to Ramina Arce in the Education Department
at Rarce@livingdesert.org. Thank you!
|CHECK OUT NEW ITEMS FOR SALE
|NOTE FROM MRS. B
I received the following email from Bill McMurtrey regarding the Town Hall meeting.
We had a small turnout, maybe 20, however, it was positive all the way. Only concern from audience was worry about homeowners,
especially out-of-Towners, that may not have gotten the word and may not vote. All in all very positive. Thanks for your help! Bill
Thanks for the update. This is good news! It would imply that most have had their questions answered. I know that Robert
Nagles (BDSA Board member) and others have been working diligently to answer questions and concerns.
Now the hard part - PLEASE send in your ballot as soon as possible.
Associa reports that ballots are starting to come in...but not enough yet to pass the cable/tv contract.
If you did not receive your ballot, please contact Desert Resort Management with any additional questions you may have at
(760) 346-1161. The is still time to get your ballot and get it returned...if you call them immediately.
Community Association Manager
For any of you that are considering a NO VOTE in reference to amending our CC&Rs/Bylaws to allow your BDSA board to
enter into a 3-year contract for TV & Internet services, please consider your neighbors that want the benefit of substantial
cost savings for these services over the next 3-years.
A YES VOTE will allow passage of the amendments and will allow you the option of Opting Out. This is what we call a
Whatever you decide, PLEASE VOTE.
|COMMENTS FROM FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS
|KEEPING FINGERS CROSSED THAT SWEET ALFIE FINDS
A FOREVER HOME!!!
Free to a good home, 10-month old little rescue dog. Part
chihuahua, part dachshund.
‘Alfie’ has been neutered and has had all shots. He needs a
home with a yard and a family that can be home with him. We
would like to come visit him after he is adopted by another
family, as we love him so much but just can’t keep him because
of long days at work.
He would be good with children, another dog, or as a companion
with older people who would be good to him.
Alfie would probably be good with a domestic cat. Alfie is a
cuddler and likes to sleep with a person!
Please call (760) 774-0463 for an interview.
OMG - If I didn't already has three cats, I would take this
precious little guy.
Hopefully, someone is our community will give sweet Alfie
a good home close by.
Lost dog in Bermuda Dunes-- Sammie or Samantha is a female
black & white elderly blue heeler breed-- extremely gentle girl- not
aggressive. She is not fixed and without collar and not chipped. She
got out tonight, July 30th, around 2200 on Avenue 41, closest to
Yucca Lane, when neighbors were experimenting with fireworks.....
please don't chase, call her and if seen, please call or text Natalie
760 4644010, Austin 760 8955780, Brooke 760 4649794, or Avery
7608955769. She is loved and missed...
September 2, 2017 - September 30, 2017
7pm - 10pm
Experience the wild side of The Living Desert during Safari
Nights, every Saturday night in September from 7 pm to 10
General Admission $12
Children (Ages 3 – 12) $8
Children under 3 FREE
TLD Members $6
Tickets will be available for purchase at the door on the day of
In addition to taking in the sights and sounds of the native and
exotic animals in the evening, Safari Nights activities also
include scorpion hunts, astronomy, and bat detector stations,
plus live entertainment provided by Zulluu and Andy Cahan of
The Turtles. Food and beverage tastings and specialty
cocktails will be available for purchase.
During the first hour of Safari Nights, guests can explore the
North American side of the park, with the African section
staying open for the remainder of the night. In addition, guests
can pre-register for a guided tour of Eagle Canyon, where
they will explore bobcats, swift fox, kit fox, ringtails and
badgers, plus visit to the zoo’s animal hospital, for an
additional $20 per person. First come first serve.
Each Saturday in September will feature a different theme
Tacos and Tequila
Taco and Tequila specials at the Thorn Tree Grill and at the
café, Discovery Center and in Village WaTuTu
Family movie night with animal themed movies being screened
in the amphitheater.
Nocturnal Animal Night
Special night time Wildlife Wonders show and crafts in the
Family movie night with animal themed movies
being screened in the amphitheater.
Celebrate Oktoberfest with craft beer and themed food and
The events are open to all ages, however guests must be 21
and older and show a valid photo I.D. to participate in the
|October 14, 2017
9:00am - 12:00pm
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!
For every paid adult admission receive 1 kid’s admission free
on weekends only from Sept 15 – Oct 15.
La Gran Fiesta
Oct 15 • 9:00am – 12:00pm
Join us for a fun filled event that highlights Hispanic culture
with games, live music and dancing, animal enrichment
delicious foods and more! The first 1000 guests to celebrate La
Gran Fiesta will receive a FREE pepper plant grown at The
Living Desert! One per person, while supplies last.
FREE for members or with paid admission!
During La Gran Fiesta, The Living Desert will also be raising
awareness of the plight of the vaquita, the world’s most
endangered marine mammal. Current estimates state there are
fewer than 30 of these small porpoise left in the northern Gulf
of California. The vaquitas’ major threat is entanglement in
fishing gillnets. As a way to help save the vaquita, attendees at
La Gran Fiesta are invited to take part in the inaugural vaquita
parade. Guests are also encouraged to ‘adopt’ a vaquita to
help support their recovery in the wild – adopters receive an
adoption certificate, book, hat, and fact sheet – and all
proceeds go to support the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’
SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) vaquita conservation
October 29, 2017 - October 31, 2017
Oct 29, 9am - 12pm • Oct 31, 6pm - 8:30pm
A Not-so-Spooky Zoo Adventure
Sunday, October 29 9am – 12pm
Free for members or with paid admission
Tuesday, Oct 31 6pm – 8:30pm
Free members night
$10 for guests
The Living Desert’s family-friendly Halloween event returns
with the wildly popular Howl-O-Ween, a not-so-spooky zoo
adventure. The 23nd annual Howl-O-Ween is set for Sunday,
October 29, from 9 am to 12 pm and Tuesday, October 31,
from 6 pm to
Visitors are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costumes
and enjoy the exciting activities planned. Howl-O-Ween
attendees under 12 will receive a candy bag to hit the trick-or-
treat trail with a large variety of treat stations. New this year,
Howl-O-Ween visitor ghosts, goblins, and super-heroes can
visit the park’s African animals– trick or treat with the cheetahs
and zebras, say boo to the warthogs, and wander through
Additional activities include pumpkin bowling, pumpkin
decorating, face painting, a monster maze, live entertainment
and more. Zookeepers will provide special animal encounters
and The Living Desert’s zoo mascots will also be making
|Dogs Are Invited to our Halloween Party!
We will have have water and goodies to keep them happpy
|LADY BRIDGE PLAYERS NEEDED!
Looking for ladies interested in subbing in Bridge group in
ladies locker room on Tuesdays. Email me
at:firstname.lastname@example.org....or call 442-666-3082 ask for
|Car for Sale
2011 CTS Cadillac for sale. Orig. owner. Excellent
condition. Less than 9000 miles. All the bells and
Ask for Bobbie
|Swimming Pool Beadblasting/sandblasting
Just had our pool blasted to get off the calcium. I highly
recommend Robert at ABS 760 799-0355.
He has the right equipment, is efficient and gets the
Bill Sharon Richardson, Sun City Shadow Hills
WHEN I TOLD THE DOCTOR ABOUT MY LOSS
OF MEMORY, HE MADE ME PAY IN ADVANCE!!!!
Hi all, Has anyone else noticed the graffiti on the electric panel at the
back entrance? We called the front gate over a week ago....graffiti
has been there for over 2 weeks. Really not a good impression. Also,
I was thrilled to hear that 42nd ave was going to be "beautified", even
though maybe not for the right reasons. Now it may not happen? I
read in the blog where realtors were embarrassed to bring potential
clients because of 42nd....I too am embarrassed to have visitors
come through 42nd ave. It must be bringing our property values
down too. If anyone out there has some "pull".....using it now would
be appreciated. I myself may purchase a can of beige spray paint
and handle one problem in about 5 minutes!
Note from Mrs. B
I referred the email to Charlie Bishop (BDSA board) and here is
Went down to Port Maria gate yesterday and could find no graffiti. I
did notice that a new electrical control box had been installed.
Perhaps this is where the graffiti had been located. Should you see
any in the future please let us know.
Note from Mrs. B
Thanks for all you do for our community. You work tirelessly
and it is appreciated by many.
Regarding Avenue 42 - It is a work in progress. I will keep you
|SAVE THE DATE!
What: 13th annual Desert Garden Community Day
When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28
Where: UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive,
Details: Gardening experts cover topics from irrigation
to what to plant in the desert to vermiculture and
butterfly gardens; seminars, exhibits, demonstrations,
sales, kid’s activities, food, movie
Hosts: Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella
Valley, UCR Palm Desert, UC Cooperative Extension,
UCCE Master Gardeners
Information: Tracy Merrigan, (310) 428-9500 or
|OUR THANKS TO STEVIE FOR SENDING US THESE
HERE ARE YOUR AHHHHHH MOMENTS
|Small Batch Strawberry Jam
Prep: 10 mins,
Cook: 15 mins
Yield: 1 Pint
This old-fashioned homemade strawberry jam is made
with only 3 ingredients; fresh strawberries, granulated
sugar, and lemon juice. The jam is cooked without added
pectin, and it makes about 1 pint.
It's a small batch, perfect for spreading on biscuits, toast,
or English muffins. Or warm it and drizzle it over
pancakes, waffles, or ice cream. It is fabulous!
Wash jars or containers in hot, soapy water and rinse
well before filling. Since you'll be refrigerating and using
the jam right away, there's no need to process it in a
boiling water bath canner. The National Center for Home
Food Preservation recommends using refrigerator or
freezer jams within about 3 weeks. If the jam is left out at
room temperature frequently, the storage time may be
reduced. Check for signs of spoilage after a few weeks.
There are about 12 ounces in a pint of strawberries. A
1-pound container of strawberries, once hulled, will weigh
about 12 to 14 ounces.
What You'll Need
1 pint strawberries (about a 1 pound container)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
How to Make It
Wash the strawberries and hull them. Discard the caps
Slice or chop the strawberries and put them in a medium
stainless steel or enamel-lined saucepan. Add the sugar
and place the pan over medium-low heat. Bring the
mixture to a boil and then add the lemon juice. Keep the
mixture at a steady boil for about 10 to 15 minutes, or
until the jam reaches 220 F on a candy thermometer (or 8
degrees F above the boiling point of water at your
particular altitude). There are other ways to test for jelling.
Stir the jam frequently and drag the spoon over the
bottom of the pan to make sure it isn't scorching.
Ladle or funnel into a one-pint jar or container. Cover and
refrigerate. Take the jam out to use and refrigerate as
soon as possible after each use for the longest (about 3
weeks) storage time.
How to Test Jam or Jelly for Doneness
Temperature - Attach a candy thermometer to the pan
and cook the jam to 220 F or 8 degrees above the boiling
point. For each 1000 feet of altitude above sea level,
subtract 2 degrees F.
Freezer Test - Put a few small plates in the freezer. Near
the end of the cooking time, begin to test. Drop a small
dollop of jam on an ice cold plate. Put it back in the
freezer for about 2 minutes. If the jam forms a "skin" and
wrinkles slightly when gently prodded with your finger, the
jam is done. If it is still runny and your finger easily makes
a trail through it, continue cooking and test again in after
few more minutes.
Cold Spoon Test - Put a few metal spoons in the
refrigerator. Dip a cold spoon into the boiling mixture and
lift it over the pan. Let it run off the spoon. When a few
drops come together and "sheet" off the spoon, the jam is
|URGENT!! Foster Fur Parents Needed!!
Would you like all the fun of pet ownership without the long term
responsibility? Will you open your heart and home this summer to
foster a homeless dog or cat? Loving All Animals in Palm Desert is
looking for fosters for dogs, cats and little kittens who are waiting for
their forever homes. Loving All Animals provides food, vet care,
adoptions, leash, collar, litter and box. The animals are
spayed/neutered, vaccinated and micro chipped while in your care.
You provide the LOVE!
Short term and long term fosters needed. Please contact Loving All
Animals at 760-834-7000 or email email@example.com.
Mary Martin, Bermuda Golf Club Estates
|CREATE A HUMMINGBIRD GARDEN IN A CONTAINER
Do you love hummingbirds? Maybe a better question would be, who
Attracting hummingbirds to your garden isn’t hard to do by simply
adding flowering plants, rich in nectar that they are attracted to.
But, what if your garden space is small or non-existent? Is a hanging
a hummingbird feeder your only option?
Well, I’m here to tell you that space needn’t keep you from having
your own hummingbird garden – all you have to do is to downsize it
creating one in a container.
If you have a small patio, stoop or even a balcony, you can create
your own mini-hummingbird garden in a container.
For those of you who have think you have no space at all, look up!
Hanging containers or window boxes are a great option for those
short on garden space.
Whether you have small garden space or simply want to increase the
amount of hummingbirds visiting your existing garden – creating a
mini-hummingbird garden in a container is a great way to do it.
Here are the elements of a hummingbird container garden:
– Select a location that receives at least 6 hours of sun a day.
– Group containers together for greater color impact, which
increases the chances of hummingbird visits.
– Place containers in areas where you can view the visiting
hummingbirds such as an entry, near a window or a back patio.
– Make sure that the containers are visible and allow easy access for
hummingbirds to fly in and out.
– The type of container isn’t important – but drainage is. Make sure
pots have holes for drainage.
– Larger pots will stay moister longer, therefore needing to be water
SOIL: (This is critical)
– Use a planting mix (not potting soil), which is specially
formulated for container plants since it holds onto just the right
amount of moisture without becoming soggy like potting soil can.
– For large containers, save money on expensive planting mix (soil)
by filling the bottom third of the container with recycled plastic water
bottles and/or milk jugs.
WHAT PLANT WHERE?
While hummingbirds don’t care how you arrange plants in your mini-
hummingbird garden – you can certainly arrange plants.
– Place the tallest plant in the center, surrounded with medium-sized
filler plants interspersed with trailing ground covers.
This planter has the tallest plant (Salvia) located in the center with
mid-sized purple coneflower next to it with ‘Wave’ petunias spilling
over the outside.
A hummingbird’s favorite color is red, although they will visit flowers
of all colors as long as they are rich in nectar.
– To achieve a soft blending of colors, select plants with flower
colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.
– For a striking contrast, pair flowers with colors that occur on
opposite ends of the color wheel.
HUMMINGBIRD ATTRACTING PLANTS:
– Hummingbirds are drawn to flowers that have a tubular shape.
– Plants belonging to the Salvia genus are all very popular with
hummingbirds and are a safe choice when creating a hummingbird
Soap aloe flowers.
– Flowering succulents are also often visited by hummingbirds as
Hummingbirds get their protein from these tublar flowers as
small bugs fly into these and get stuck. So, when the hummer
sticks it beak and tongue inside - they eat the bugs
– There are helpful online resources with lists of plants that attract
hummingbirds. Here are two helpful ones:
– Other helpful resources are your local botanical garden, master
gardener or nursery professional.
Another bonus to planting hummingbird attracting plants is that many
of the same flowers attract butterflies too.
The key to maintaining healthy container plants lies in proper
watering and fertilizing.
Let’s look at watering first:
– Water containers when the top 2 inches of soil are barely moist.
You can stick your finger into the soil to determine how dry the soil
– Water until the water flows out the bottom of the container.
– The frequency of watering will vary seasonally.
Fertilizing is important for container plants – even plants that don’t
normally require fertilizer when planted in the ground will need it if in
– Fertilize with a slow-release fertilizer, which lasts 3 months.
– Supplement, if desired, with a liquid fertilizer monthly.
– For succulents, use a liquid fertilizer at 1/2 strength every other
month spring through early fall.
Hummingbirds love water!
Add a water feature in a container that will surely attract nearby
Add places for hummingbirds to perch nearby or within the container
You can always add a small, dead tree branch within the container
itself for a convenient perching spot.
Plan your visit!
Here are some tips for your next visit to the pueblo:
It's HOT HOT HOT! Please bring water and stay hydrated.
Cabot's Pueblo Museum does NOT sell water, although we do
have a cold water fountain which provides access to Desert Hot
Springs' world award best tasting water. Feel free to refill at our
Stay protected from the sun with a hat, umbrella, bandana, fan,
Closed toe shoes are always a good idea as there is plenty of
sand and cacti around the grounds.
Of the materials used to build his museum Cabot said, “There
never was a blue print and it is all second hand lumber. Poles
came out of mountain floods, many railroad ties, some timbers
out of the Metropolitan Aqueduct tunnels. Bent rusty nails were
saved to straighten and use again. Much of the water used for
concrete he hauled in a barrel and sand was found out in the
Cabot once recalled that during his time in the desert, he would
train chuckawallas to eat out of his hand, play dead, "say
prayers," and to climb a ladder and jump into a net like circus
The Singing Tree Ranch, was once owned by Janet Gaynor
and Paul Gregory, is historic as the original well was a water
stop for the Pony Express on its route from Indio to Banning
and Beaumont. The water stop moved to Garnet when the
Southern Pacific Railroad was building its spur line in the
Cabot's Pueblo Museum
67616 East Desert View Avenue
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Tuesday through Sunday
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
9:30, 10:30, 11:30 a.m.
For additional assistance,
please call our friendly staff at 760.329.7610.
See you at the pueblo!
|A Moment with Justin
Volunteer Program Manager
As I'm sure you've noticed if you walk toward the giraffe habitat, the
new front entrance is well under way. This is a great interpretive
opportunity for us. Share with our guests the fact that we are
expanding and increasing our conservation footprint. There is also a
place for guests to "spy" on the construction. Just look for the
binoculars graphic on the sign by the Palm Garden.
You should all be proud of the great jobs you are all doing on
grounds. Conde Nast just named The Living Desert as one of the 10
best zoos in the country. WOW! Below is a quote from them.
The cntraveler.com website has this to say about The Living Desert,
"Because land is fairly plentiful in the middle of the California
desert, seeing the animals here feels a little like stepping onto the
set of The Lion King. The desert animals roam free with little
inhibition, while visitors can roam the 50 gardens of 1,400 different
plant and animal species in what's undoubtedly the best
desert-themed zoo in America."
NOTE FROM MRS. B
I have volunteered here for over 10 years and it truly is
wonderful to see all the postive changes coming about.
Congrats to everyone who works so hard to make TLD such a
special place for visitors and locals.
|Did you know??
This year we are knocking the socks off of old records?
On 6/29/2017 at 11:35am we saw our 420,000th guest enter the park!
This is because of the power of Team TLD! Thank you for all of your
hard work cleaning, fixing, marketing, engaging, preparing, watering,
feeding, nourishing, promoting, selling and polishing our Living
|NOTE FROM MRS. B
One of my gigs at TLD was a volunteer in the Butterfly and
It was such fun. One of my fondest memories was when a new
batch of butterflies would be delivered. They are shipped in
refrigerated containers from other states. They are enclosed in
envelopes with their wings closed - and are in a semi-state of
The big deal was to have all the children open the envelopes
and the butterlies would awaken (from exposure to heat and
sunlight) and fly away inside the pavilon.
The old location would normally get shaded in the early
afternoon and it made the butterflies lose their capability to
remain awake. They are propelled by solar energy and
consequently, they would fly underneath the vegetation and
go to sleep - hanging upside down.
There was very little activity in the afternoons, so the keepers
decided to capture a couple of local hummingbirds and add
them to the exhibit to add interest.
And, things started to happen.
Procreation - new nests started to appear, new babies peeking
their tiny heads out to say hello.
Now the exhibit was in full swing - and those sleepy head
butterflies were allowed to snooze while everyone else was
having the time of their lives.
The hummingbirds brought so much joy to all of the visitors that
I thought you might want to know how to attract them to your
Thanks to a friend of mine who has a blog, we created the
following for your pleasure.
It is quite long, but hang in there...
|“You are Mr. Owl. I am Ms. Hummingbird. We may be came from
different species but as long as you're a bird, I'm a bird too.”
― Glad Munaiseche
Entirely unique on this planet, the pronghorn's scientific name,
Antilocapra americana, means "American antelope goat." But
the deer-like pronghorn is neither antelope nor goat -- it is the
sole surviving member of an ancient family dating back 20
The pronghorn is the only animal in the world with branched
horns (not antlers) and the only animal in the world to shed its
horns, as if they were antlers. The pronghorn, like sheep and
goats, has a gall bladder, and like giraffes, lacks dewclaws. If
that weren't enough, the pronghorn is the fastest animal in the
western hemisphere, running in 20-foot bounds at up to 60
miles per hour. Unlike the cheetah, speedburner of the African
plains, the pronghorn can run for hours at quite a fast pace.
Throughout all four deserts of the American Southwest, from
Saskatchewan, Canada south to Mexico.
Grasslands, brushlands, bunch-grass and sagebrush areas of
open plains and deserts.
This North American hoofed mammal is the sole surviving
member of the family Antilocapridae (order Artiodactyla). It is
also called the prongbuck, pronghorned antelope and
American antelope. It is not related to the Old World antelopes.
The slender, graceful, pronghorn has a deer-like body weighs
between 90 and 125 pounds, and stands about 3 1/2 feet at
the shoulder. It has large, protruding eyes and a white or buff,
The upper body and outside of the legs are tan to brown. The
cheeks, lower jaw, chest, belly, inner legs and rump are usually
white. The male has a broad, black band down the snout to a
black nose and black neck patch, together with black horns.
Not an antler, the horn is a hollow sheath over a bony core
arising from the skull directly over the eyes. Horns are
lyre-shaped, with the female not exceeding 3 or 4 inches. Male
horns may grow to 20 inches with a short prong jutting forward
and upward halfway from the base. Unlike any other animal,
however, the pronghorn sheds its horn.
The pronghorn inhabits open plains and semi-deserts, living
alone or in small bands in summer and forming large herds in
winter. Highly mobile, the pronghorn may cover a large area
during the year. Pronghorn can survive a temperature range of
180 degrees, from 130 in the deserts to 50 below zero.
This high-strung animal is active night and day, combining
alternate snatches of sleep with vigilant feeding. Pronghorn are
selective, opportunistic foragers. They feed on forbs, shrubs,
grasses, juniper, chamiso and sometimes cacti and domestic
crops. In winter, desert populations are said to favor sagebrush.
Because pronghorn inhabit open terrain, they rely on defense
mechanisms of speed and keen eyesight; pronghorn can
detect movement up to four miles away. When alerted to
danger, they contract their rump muscles causing their white
rump hairs to stand on end, which other pronghorn may detect
from two miles away. At the same time, they exude a musky
odor, which can be detected for more than a mile.
In late summer or early fall, the male gathers a harem of about
three or four does. Horns are shed a month after breeding.
Pronghorns have been known to breed as fawns but they
usually breed for the first time when they are 16 to 17 months
old. The does usually produce twin fawns in early June after a
gestation period of about 250 days.
The young are born in May or June weighing anywhere from 4
to 12 pounds, according to various sources; about 60% of the
births being twins. At birth, fawns lack the spots that are
characteristic of deer and elk fawns. The newborns do not
have an odor and instinctively lie motionless for hours. This is
their main defense from predators such as bobcats, eagles and
The young are born in May or June, weighing anywhere from 4
to 12 pounds, according to various sources. Within a day or
two, the 16-inch-tall fawn will be able to sprint at speeds up to
25 mph. But for the first few days after birth, the fawns lie
quietly in tall grass while the mother grazes.
After a week of nursing, the does and fawns rejoin the herd.
The greatest losses occur during the first two months of life.
Only about 40 percent of the fawns born in June live until
mid-July. Pronghorn longevity is estimated at 9 to 10 years in
the wild, and 12 years in captivity.
Pronghorn cannot leap fences, like deer can do, so fenced
rangeland has hampered their migration and survival in the
past century. It is estimated that in the mid-1800s, pronghorn
numbered in the many million, second only to the American
bison. By the 1920s, the U.S. population had been reduced to
Since then, efforts to preserve the pronghorn have helped
revitalize the general population. Pronghorn are still a highly
prized game animal, and limited hunting is permitted in some
There are 5 pronghorn subspecies:
Antilocapra americana anteflexa
mexicana, peninsularis, sonoriensis are endangered and
The Sonoran pronghorn is found exclusively in the Sonoran
Desert of Arizona and Mexico. Its population has been reduced
by habitat loss due to livestock overgrazing, drought and the
damming and diversion of rivers. Strangely enough, its largest
population is found on the Goldwater Bombing Range in
Southern Arizona where it apparently does quite well. In
Mexico, where it is also imperiled by habitat loss, poaching is
still a threat. The Sonoran pronghorn are protected by the
Endangered Species Act. Current estimates place the U.S.
population at 256 with another 220 in Mexico.
The peninuslar pronghorn is a protected sub-species living
only in the Vizcaíno Desert of Baja, California Less than 150
individuals are suspected to exist in the wild. There are some
in captivity, captive breeding is a part of the recovery plan.
American pronghorn were native to the Arizona Strip and were
reported as common by early residents. They were apparently
eliminated from the Strip in the early 1900s. They were
reintroduced to the area beginning in 1961 and continue today.
At present, the clayhole pronghorn population is estimated at
between 250 and 290 animals.
Pronghorns inhabit and can be seen (with a pair of good
binoculars) in a number desert locations:
Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge
Fort Peck Wildlife Refuge
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Sheldon National Antelope Refuge
On the Arizona Strip, pronghorn are found on 756,000 federally
managed acres in the Clayhole, Mainstreet, Hurricane and
House Rock areas.