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LIFE IS GOOD IN BERMUDA DUNES
Meets the 2nd Thursday
every other month
760 863 8211
Lt. Mike Manning
760 863 8784
760 540 1878
760 393 3344
Bermuda Dunes Community
Dunes Community Center
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
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
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
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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|FERAL CAT AND KITTY
REMEMBER...IF YOU ARE
FEEDING FERAL CATS
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE
PLEASE email MRS. B
if you find kittens that need
attention prior to 8 weeks. I
will come and get them and
take care of them.
|HAVE A GREAT DAY
THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK
|MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Desert Garden Tour – March 26, 2017
Every year the Desert Horticultural Society of Coachella Valley
organizes a desert garden tour in Palm Springs, California. The
goal of the tour is to introduce Society and community
members to the myriad low-water and habitat-friendly garden
ideas available to our desert gardeners.
People checking in and picking up instructions for the desert
This is NOT a guided tour, after you receive maps with
locations of homes, you are free to tour these beautiful gardens
at your leisure.
|MARK YOUR CALENDARS
ANTIQUE AIR AND AUTO
MUSIC FOOD FUN
DON'T MISS OUT
BERMUDA DUNES AIRPORT
DETAILS TO FOLLOW
|IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER:
Email to Ramina Arce in the Education Department at
Rarce@livingdesert.org. Thank you!
|CHECK OUT THE HOT SHEET
WE HAVE A GORGEOUS MOTORHOME FOR SALE
AND OTHER NEAT ITEMS...
|CLICK ON HORSE TO VIEW
THE SCHEDULE AND GET ALL
|Click here for
APRIL 4-6, 2017
(3 day class)
Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Funded by the Department of Homeland Security & City
of Rancho Mirage
Taught by Rancho Mirage Fire Department/Cal
Fire/Riverside County Fire
Roy Wilson Training Center
Ramon Road, ½ mile easterly of Interstate 10
72564 Ramon Road
(between Post Office and the Fire Station)
Thousand Palms, CA 92276
Class size is limited to 40 students and registration is required.
There is NO charge to take this class but a formal registration
form is required. Please contact Rancho Mirage City Hall for
the form by calling (760) 324-4511 or
visit www.ranchomiragepreparedness.org to download the form
on or after February 24, 2017 when registration opens.
Graduates will receive a completion certificate.
|HOW TO STAY YOUNG
Laugh often, long and loud.
Laugh until you gasp for breath.
And if you have a friend who makes you laugh,
spend lots and lots of time with HIM/HER.
|TODAY IS THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017
|PERKS OF BEING A BERMUDA DUNES COUNTRY
These events are for members only - or must be
asked by a member
|All Things Beautiful Blooming At
The Spring Plant Sale
Join us in celebrating Spring with our annual Plant Sale on
Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26 from 9 am to 5 pm
in the Palo Verde Garden Center.
A huge selection of desert native and desert adapted plants will
be available for sale, including desert plants, and one of the
best selections of southwestern desert plants in the state. In
addition, all garden décor, books, garden art, pottery,
birdfeeders and tools will be for sale at discounted prices.
Living Desert members will receive a 25% discount and
non-members will get 15% off regular price items (maximum
discount on books is 15%).
Admission to the Plant Sale is free, but does not include
admission into the park.
Plant Sale attendees should enter at the designated line at the
main admissions gate.
BDSA BOARD MEETING
BDSA Social Hour
Public · Hosted by John Thiele
Thursday, March 23 at 4 PM - 5 PM
Bermuda Dunes Country Club
42-765 Adams St., Bermuda Dunes, California 92203
After the board meeting which starts at 3PM.
Informal social hour to meet and talk. Appertizers are $10.
No host bar
You don't have to be a member of the Club to attend
|Bermuda Dunes Country Club
Employee of the Month
Please join us in recognizing this special staff member.
Every member of our team is important, but this month we
award this honor to Thomas Llamas from Outside Services.
This is Thomas' first season and has shown a continued
positive attitude, dedication to excellence and is a valuable
asset to the Membership.
Mountain climbers know the feeling of trying to perform at elevation.
Lungs ache for air and the heart races. Legs feel like lead and the
brain gets cloudy. So just imagine how birds feel at high elevation as
they go about their high-energy, high-exertion lifestyles.
Most living creatures are adapted to breathe easily under the column
of air pressing down on us at sea level. But at higher elevations
there’s less air around, so a lungful just doesn’t provide the same
amount of oxygen to fuel their muscles.
On top of Mt. Everest, at 29,000 feet, a lungful of air provides less
than one-third as much oxygen as at sea level. To understand how
birds cope with that lack of oxygen, or hypoxia, Cornell Ph.D. student
Sahas Barve turned to the steep Himalayan valleys of his native India.
Over five years, he studied the evolutionary solutions these avian
mountaineers had come up with. He and his colleagues published
their findings in December 2016 in the journal Proceedings of the
Royal Society B. Though he was working in the world’s tallest
mountain range, Barve’s study focused on moderate elevations (up to
10,500 feet), meaning his findings are applicable to mountain species
around the world—especially as it warms.
The study took place in Uttarakhand province in the Himalayan
mountains of northern India.
“One of the most common predictions of climate change is that
species are going to shift upslope to get out of warmer
temperatures,” Barve explains. But while moving upward may sound
like a straightforward way to avoid warming, it ignores the problem of
thin air. “If hypoxia is a major hurdle and birds cannot make their
oxygen transport any better than they already have,” Barve says,
“then it might severely limit their ability to adapt and shift their ranges
First, Barve and his hardy field assistants had to figure how the birds
managed to compensate for thinner air. The researchers used mist
nets to catch 15 species of birds at elevations ranging from 3,280–
10,500 feet (1,000–3,200 meters). At these elevations, air has
between 89 percent and 69 percent as much oxygen as at sea level.
They collected a drop of blood from each bird, allowing them to study
the birds’ hemoglobin—the molecule in red blood cells that carries
oxygen from the lungs to the muscles. The blood sample gave them
two key measurements: the volume of the blood made up of red
blood cells (hematocrit) and the hemoglobin concentration in the
blood, measured using a handheld monitor.
The researchers tested resident species—ones that live at the same
elevations year-round, such as the Green-backed Tit and Gray-
winged Blackbird—and migrants, which breed at high elevations and
spend winters lower down, including the Variegated Laughingthrush
and the Blue-fronted Redstart. As it turned out, the two types of
species solved the hypoxia problem in different ways.
The scientists studied 9 migrant species, including this Blue
Whistling-Thrush, and 6 resident species.
“We found the migrant species respond to hypoxia just as most
humans do when moving from sea level to higher elevations,” Barve
says. “They do it by increasing their oxygen transport with a
greater number of red blood cells.”
It sounds like a good idea, since creating more red blood cells means
more hemoglobin, which can carry more oxygen. But the strategy has
a downside: thicker blood and a higher risk of clots and blocked
blood vessels. And it only works for a limited time.
“The amount of oxygen being delivered to the organs actually
decreases because the blood is moving more slowly,” Barve says,
“It’s like pumping tomato ketchup instead of blood. It’s actually a
maladaptive trait to have”—in humans it’s a classic cause of an
ailment known as chronic mountain sickness. “But it’s a response
that the body has a lot of control over so that’s why it’s seen in a lot
Like a flatlander going on a ski vacation, the migrant species have
apparently found a short-term solution that allows them to survive at
high elevation for long enough to complete the nesting season. This
quick fix also has the benefit of being reversible, allowing their blood
composition to revert to normal when they return to lower elevations.
Meanwhile, Barve found the six resident species had all
independently evolved a different technique to increase their oxygen
uptake, one that doesn’t come with a time limit.
“The resident birds do not increase the number of red blood cells,” Barve
explains. “Instead, they increase the amount of hemoglobin inside each cell.” In
essence they make more oxygen-carrying hemoglobin without having to also
build all the other parts of a red blood cell. “So they avoid all the bad things that
can happen because of thicker blood.”
Researcher Sahas Barve discusses his fieldwork in the Himalaya
mountains and describes how his childhood in Bombay led him to a
career in science.
In other parts of the world, a few other ways to cope with thin air have
evolved. Hummingbirds in the Andes can increase the oxygen-
carrying ability of individual hemoglobin molecules. Due to the
remoteness of his study sites, Barve wasn’t able to test for this in
People native to the Tibetan plateau use yet another approach,
taking more breaths per minute and loading their blood with nitric
oxide, a substance that keeps their blood vessels dilated and
And in the Ethiopian highlands, native people somehow breathe
easily above 11,000 feet, but researchers still aren’t sure how they
As for the future, Barve says his research shows that for species that
live on mountainsides, coping with climate change might not be as
easy as just moving upslope.
“I don’t think we give hypoxia the attention it deserves,” says Barve.
“A lot of species around the world live at high elevations and we don’t
know how it affects species distribution in the present, let alone in the
|NOTE FROM MRS. B
What a fun week...
Division 2 Bocce Ball Champions - Donna and Bob Nelson, Steve and Coleen Geranimos, Romy and John Thiele,
John and Josey Nordstrom
As our Team Captain, Steve Geranimos said, 'None of us had ever played before, but we made new friends and have
formed lasting relationships'
Thank you Bermuda Dunes Country Club for providing us this opportunity...and a special shout out to Dr. Pat Collins and
his wife who organized it all!
FIRST PLACE OVERALL - Team Lawn Rangers...Team Captains, Linda and Ken Graebel
I first met Eddie and Linda Testo two years ago at "Yappy
Hour". It was love at first sight for Sophie, and their "Gilly".
They have been going steady ever since.
It turns out that Eddie is the sax player, and lovely Linda is
rhythm guitar and vocals for Bermuda Dunes' own and only
community Rock and Roll band !!!, "Johnny Starr and the
This has been two years in the making. My thought was,
What better way to bring the community together, that
through music played by our own community band?
(Johnny Starr and the Galaxy have played for 20 years from
coast to coast, and have backed up for Eddie Money.!!)
Perhaps you can say something about this great opportunity
for the community to come to together for this years "closing
Party" . Thank you, Pat
Hi Dr. Pat:
Thanks for telling us about Johnny Starr and the
Galaxy. How fun.
We have known Ed and Linda for a couple of years.
And...they never revealed their musical talents to us.
We have already made our reservations - and they are
why we are attending.
|Thanks Mrs. B,
The black fiberglass tub mysteriously reappeared in my front yard
sometime today so I will put out some more grapefruit but maybe this
time I will put them on the golf course side of my property
|WHAT IS DESERT X
FROM FEB 25 THROUGH APRIL 30, 2017, THE COACHELLA
VALLEY AND ITS DESERT LANDSCAPE WILL BECOME THE
CANVAS FOR A CURATED EXHIBITION OF SITE-SPECIFIC
WORK BY ESTABLISHED AND EMERGING ARTISTS, WHOSE
PROJECTS WILL AMPLIFY AND ARTICULATE GLOBAL AND
LOCAL ISSUES THAT MAY RANGE FROM CLIMATE CHANGE TO
STARRY SKIES, FROM TRIBAL CULTURE AND IMMIGRATION
TO TOURISM, GAMING, AND GOLF. THE ART WORKS, IN
VARIOUS INDOOR AND OUTDOOR LOCATIONS, WILL BE
AVAILABLE FREE AND WILL OFFER VISITORS A WAY TO SEE
THE VALLEY AND REFLECT ON SERIOUS AND PLAYFUL
ISSUES THROUGH THE LENS OF THE PARTICIPATING
ARTISTS' CREATIVITY AND WORK.
Planning a visit to Desert X? Desert X installations are
available free and require no ticket.
Installations are open daily from dawn to sunset, however,
please be aware that the installations listed below have
unique open hours.
Desert X Hub at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club is where you can
pick up a catalog and map, shop Desert X merchandise, and
artists' books, and visit with Desert X volunteers and staff to
learn more about Desert X.
The Hub at Ace Hotel & Swim Club is located on the 1st floor
of the Clubhouse (behind the pool).
Open Thursday - Monday: 12pm - 4pm.
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Docent-led bus tours of Desert X installations are offered
Saturday and Sunday through April 30, 2017.
Desert X sites are free to visit, and tickets are not required.
Visit sites during daylight hours.
The following sites have specific hours:
Doug Aitken: Monday - Friday: 3:30pm - 7:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 7am - 7pm
Sherin Guirguis at Whitewater: Daily, 8am - 5pm
Tavares Strachan: Wed - Sun, 7pm - 10pm
Lita Albuquerque at Sunnylands: Thurs - Sun, 8:30am -
(Gate closes at 4pm, do not arrive past 3:45pm)
Jeffrey Gibson's ALIVE can be seen 24/7 from the street
outside the Palm Springs Art Museum.
For entry to the sculpture garden and the museum, hours are:
Sun, Mon, Tues, Sat: 10am - 5pm, Thurs & Fri: 12pm - 9pm,
Gabriel Kuri's Donation Box viewable through the window
Due to the theft and removal of artworks Richard Prince's
Third Place is no longer open to the public.
Rob Pruitt and Juliao Sarmento's temporary installations have
Glenn Kaino: For access, text "hollowearth" to 41411.
CLOSED MONDAY, MARCH 20 for maintenance.
Will Bonne: Daily, 7am - 7pm
|Note from Council Chairwoman, Donna Nelson
I hope you are noticing the improvements at the Ralph's
There has been lots happening behind the scenes to put
these improvements on the front burner for the Milan
Thanks to Brenda Hannah, BD Code Enforcement, for
her assistance in this matter.
More good things coming...
|The Found/Lost Dog Story
The tail of three dogs...Reilly, Sophie and Rocky
Here is a sampling of emails from our Community...
Such good news - Great job Blog Folks!
Oh, thank you. I love happy endings to lost dog stories. Audrey
Subject: DOGS BEING FOUND AND CLAIMED: HOORAY!!
I am so glad that Reilly was found, wow and that the beautiful black
lab was returned! Are there any story details that you can share on
Thanks so much for caring.
I was able to get some details and they are so sweet.
First of all, Sophie and Reilly are best friends. They play
together in Bermuda Dunes at Yappy Hour. Then the worst
thing happened - Reilly got lost in LaQuinta...and here is an
email from Reily's owner:
Mrs. B, here’s a few bullet points:
· We planned on being away for the weekend, so we needed to
board Reilly for a couple of days
· We identified La Quinta Village Pup after doing quite a lot of
· Reilly had to do a “trial day” at Village Pup to make sure he
was compatible with the other dogs.
· We dropped off Reilly at noon on Friday 3/17
· About an hour after dropping off Reilly, we got a frantic call
from Village Pup advising that Reilly got away, bolting through four
sequential security doors there were inadvertently open
· We joined Village Pup personnel and several volunteers and
flew a drone to scour the neighborhood looking for Reilly, but
unfortunately there were no sightings or leads. We contacted several
animal shelters, every neighborhood watch group, Loving All Animals,
and police and then blanketed social media to be on the lookout for
· The daytime temperature was almost 100 F, so we knew he
would quickly run out of energy and seek shade.
· We were amazed by the response from friends, neighbors and
animal lovers from the community who joined us in the search.
· Early Saturday morning we put up more than 250 posters and
offered a reward for his return. Again, by late Saturday night, no sign
· The search continued Sunday morning, and by noon we began
to lose hope of finding Reilly after more than 48 hours of exposure.
We were devastated!
· At about 5 p.m., we received a call from Luis Garcia with La
Quinta Resort Security advising that they had found Reilly. It was the
best phone call we ever received!
Lis was able to call us because we have our phone number on Reilly’
· One of the resort house cleaners found Reilly lying in a shaded
area behind one of the villas. After more than 52 hours exposed to
the elements, he was exhausted, frightened, but otherwise in good
· Dr Pat Collins and Sophie (Reilly’s pup friend) were close by
and volunteered to pick up Reilly and bring him home.
· The next day, we went to La Quinta Resort to meet Maria
Tovar who found Reilly and to see firsthand where he was found.
“K”, the owner of The Village Pup did the right thing by giving Maria
the $500 reward for finding Reilly.
· We can’t say enough about the friends, animal lovers, Village
Pup and others who helped us manage two agonizing days and help
bring home our loved Reilly.
· To everyone: if you don’t have your contact number on your
pet’s collar, please do it urgently.
And now an email from Dr. Pat Collins who picked up Reilly
Sophie was very helpful and comforting Reilly and Rocky too!
It is a very Happy day for Reilly. We celebrated his return tonight at
"Yappy Hour", with champagne!! His story would Best be told by his
owners, Jan and Dave Roberts.
As far as the wonderful Black lab found wandering on Hole #2, hot
and thirsty, his story is sort of secret. The guy that lost him asked us
not to tell his brother, the owner.
But the bottom line for dog lovers, and especially those dog sitting ,is
to make sure the gates (doors in Reilly's case) are closed, and that
the pet is wearing an ID collar with appropriate phone #s. We called
the front gate, and fortunately, the dog sitter (brother in this case)
thought to do so about 2 hours later.
"Rocky" drank a gallon of water, and ate all of our Sophie's food.,
which is great, because Sophie, our 2 yr. old havanese is happy to
have company, and to share. We are just glad that Rocky wandered
by, obviously lost and in distress, so we could invite him in, until his
owner could be found. Thanks for all that you do! Pat and Claudia
Hi Pat and Claudia:
It is our pleasure to help these animals in distress. Thanks for
your kind words. No doubt about it, our Community rocks...
|"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships."
|NOTE FROM COUNCIL WOMAN NELSON:
I met with Manny at the Bermuda Dunes Community
Center and Kim Rose, Director of TNR (Trap, Neuter,
Return) Coachella Valley.
The dates that she and other professional
trappers will be in Bermuda Dunes is the weekend
of April 21, 22 and 23.
The Bermuda Dunes Community Center has agreed to
donate the Center at no cost as their part for helping our
The Snip Bus is also free...as are the doctors and all
Friday - Trappers set traps. Bring animals back to
Community Center and leave them overnight.
The next morning the Snip Bus arrives and all the feral
cats are neutered and spayed. They are again left at the
Bermuda Dunes Community Center to recover overnight.
Early the next morning they are taken back to the
location where they were caught. This causes less
stress for these animals.
INTERESTING SIDE NOTE: I'll bet you didn't know that
Portland, Oregon has no kittens in their shelters.
Funny thing, because of Portland's inclement weather
most of the year a stray cat only comes into heat once a
year. Cats are a lot like butterflies - they need sunshine
Once a year, kittens and cats are taken to Portland,
Oregon (from here) where loving individuals await their
On another note: If you find baby kittens, please leave
them alone. The Mother cat is probably just looking for
food. If, on the other and, she is gone more than 6 - 8
hours, please put the babies safely into a box and call
Loving All Animals. They will find someone to feed
them until they are 8 weeks old.
By the way, I have signed up with LAA to be a feeder.
This simply means I get to feed these babies 24/7 for,
at least 3 - 4 weeks, or until they get old enough to feed
Don't you just love happy endings?
|THANKS TO A GOOD FRIEND FOR SENDING THIS. WE LOVE IT!
O x y m o r o n s
1. Is it good if a vacuum really sucks?
2. Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand?
3. If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever
4. If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?
5. Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack?
6. Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing?
7. Why does "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing?
8. Why do "tug" boats push their barges?
9. Why do we sing "Take me out to the ball game" when we are
10. Why are they called " stands" when they are made for sitting?
11. Why is it called "after dark" when it really is "after light"?
12.. Doesn't "expecting the unexpected" make the unexpected
13.. Why are a "wise man" and a "wise guy" opposites?
14. Why do "overlook" and "oversee" mean opposite things?
15. Why is "phonics" not spelled the way it sounds?
16. If work is so terrific, why do they have to pay you to do it?
17. If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?
18. If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
19. If you are cross-eyed and have dyslexia, can you read all right?
20. Why is bra singular and panties plural?
21.. Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control
when you know the batteries are dead?
22. Why do we put suits in garment bags and garments in a
23. How come abbreviated is such a long word?
24. Why do we wash bath towels? Aren't we clean when we use
25. Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
26. Why do they call it a TV set when you only have one?
27. Christmas - What other time of the year do you sit in front of a
dead tree and eat candy out of your socks?
28. Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?
I saw the article about the Mirror House on your Blog. Can
you tell me about where it is located? And what is Desert X?
Mary Ann B
Hi Mary Ann:
I don't have the exact address. But I have researched
and found information for you.
Linda and Mike Roth visited the Mirror House and here
is how she described its location:
Before the Tram Road on Racquet, behind the million dollar
homes in Little Tuscany. We lucked out and easily parked.
Oh, google Desert X because the house isn't open everyday!
|MAP SHOWING SITES IN DESERT X
and lots and lots of other information. Enjoy!
Click HERE to view large scale map
|50th Anniversary Celebration
A celebration you will not want to miss!
Come to celebrate ABF with good company, live music, food by
Kesling's Kitchen and Nickel Beer's specialty 50th Anniversary brew.
Reminisce with friends, volunteers, Park staff, ABF trustees and
staff over the past 50 years of Park support. Enjoy special remarks
from ABF President Ernie Cowan, service awards presentation, a
live and silent auction with exclusive 50th-anniversary items and
much more. We hope to see you there!
April 1, 2017
Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center
401 Tilting T Drive
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Tickets: $55 per person