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Photo of Bullfrog by Aleks Haecky

BAY AREA HERPETOLOGICAL SOCIETY



Nov-Dec 2022

Holiday Party

December 3, 5 - 8 p.m.




Potluck, Elections, and Gift Exchange




President’s Letter




Hello BAHS Members and Supporters!

This will be my last letter as President.

At our Holiday Party and Elections Meeting on Dec 3rd from 5-8 p.m., as usual, in Room H6 at the Cubberley Center in Palo Alto, new elections will be held.

Someone has stepped up to become our new President! I’ve been President now for about 8 to 10 years, I think. So it will be a totally uncontested election for sure.

Looking back. Together with others on the Board we managed to regain our non-profit status---big thanks to Treasurer Kathy Arnold for her work on that. We made it through the COVID pandemic by switching to ZOOM meetings, and we still use ZOOM for our board meetings.

And we achieved the goal of getting club liability insurance. No easy feat, and quite the paperwork.

Our newsletter keeps growing and now has over 450 subscribers, and our Facebook BAHS group has, as of just now, 2,772 members.

Our membership has grown somewhat, and we would love to attract more dues-paying members.

Our biggest concern is the low attendance at our General Meetings in spite of excellent speakers presenting on interesting topics. I suspect this is due to a combination of factors.

* Friday evening meetings. Which is after work and at the end of the work week for most.

* Traffic on Fridays to the Palo Alto location.

* Facebook and other online outlets for connection and information

We’ve asked you for input and suggestions, and we still need both. The club may move eventually towards San Jose for meetings, and change to Saturdays – if we can find a suitable location.

I plan on running for Board Member-At-Large. I will continue to attend General Meetings and video record them for the club. And I’ll be attending as many of the club shows as possible.

Holiday Party on December 3rd, 5-8 p.m.

The club will provide utensils and plates and cups. Personally, I’ll be bringing a big cooler with ice, and I will cook something on my Big Green Egg for the potluck—probably chicken or ribs.

Tentatively for the January 2023 General Meeting our club speaker will be someone from Highlighter Chameleons (https://www.highlighterchameleons.com).

Hope to see you at our Election Meeting and Holiday Potluck in December.

Jeff Whitnack, BAHS President (for a wee bit longer).



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Elections, Potluck, Gift Exchange

Here are the candidates you will be voting on.

* President: Steven Sifuentes (new)

* Treasurer: Kathy Arnold (incumbent)

* Secretary: Kathy Arnold (incumbent) – Available if someone would like the position

* Membership: Aleks Haecky (incumbent) – Available if someone would like the position

* Show & Event Coordinator: Joanne Petersen (incumbent)

* Rhonda Velez (Member at Large)

* Jeff Whitnack (Member at Large)

* Jim Goehring (Member at Large)

* Scott Petersen (Member at Large)

* Aleks Haecky (Newsletter and Website)



To vote, you need to be a member in good standing. Voting will be at the party in person, and by email. If you have questions, contact the Membership Secretary via behindbaars@gmail.com.


For the Party part, bring something for the Potluck. BAHS will provide utensils and plates and such, and our (still) President has promised to grill something delicious.

White Elephant Gift Exchange. To participate, bring a wrapped new or sparkling-clean gently-used herp related gift valued not to exceed $20 to the party. (No cages or live animals.) The gift exchange is organized and directed by Rhonda Velez.

Fioli Orchard Days

By Participants

On October 29-30, BAHS members participated in the Fioli Orchard Days - Creatures of the Orchard.

Pictures from Tony and Rhonda.


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Pictures submitted by Ron Orpitelli.


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Show Pictures

By Rhonda and Tony Velez

Reptile Realms San Mateo Reptile Show & Sale 8/20&22/2022


SLO Reptile Show October 15 & 16 2022


Santa Clara County Fair Summer 201


Sacramento Reptile Show Saturday 9/24/22


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Upcoming Events



See https://www.baars.org/calendar/events-shows-meetings for the most up-to-date listings.

We also present you with a complete meeting calendar for 2023 so you can plan ahead!

We will fill in and post shows as more of them are scheduled.

Also heard a rumor that in January, there will be a talk about chameleons, ants & grasshoppers. Mark your calendar and check the website for updates!



November 2022 - NO GENERAL MEETING (Thanksgiving)



December 2022 - NO GENERAL MEETING (Holiday party instead)

Saturday, December 3rd,

5 - 8 pm

NOTE NEW TIME

HOLIDAY PARTY!!! - Cubberley Community Center, room H6

Potluck, please bring something to share. Volunteers for BAHS board wanted -- our club needs new blood, so let’s talk about what BAHS means for this area and what we can do to keep it going! Please don’t bring your herps as (people) food will be present, and it may be a health issue.


2023



January 2023

January 6

Friday

7:30 pm

Board Meeting by Zoom

Join for business, or just for social chatting.

Email behindbaars@gmail.com or any board member for details.

Board meetings are open to all members.

January 27

Friday

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

General Meeting - Cubberley Community Center, Room H-6

See http://www.baars.org for details.

Speaker: TBD


February 2023

February 18-19

Saturday-Sunday

Sat 10 - 5 p.m.

Sun 10 - 4 p.m.

NorCal Reptile Expo - formerly Bay Area Reptile Expo - information only, unless we get volunteers!

Alameda County Fairgrounds, Gate 8 or 12, corner of Bernal & Valley Aves, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton

This expo brings an awesome and unique number of vendors, including specialized breeders, wholesale cages and supplies, cool and amazing animal displays and activities for the little ones. Adults/teens $15, children 6-12 $7, 5 & under free (military/seniors $10 - not confirmed); buy online. Parking $10, no in/out privileges.

Attendees: TBD

Contact: Joanne Petersen, joanne.hiratsuka@gmail.com, if you can bring herps for free admission!

Reptile Show website: https://www.facebook.com/NorCalReptileExpo (latest updates)

February 24

Friday

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

General Meeting - Cubberley Community Center, Room H-6

See http://www.baars.org for details.

Speaker: TBD


March 2023

March 24

Friday

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

General Meeting - Cubberley Community Center, Room H-6

See http://www.baars.org for details.

Speaker: TBD


April 2023

April 21

Friday

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

General Meeting - Cubberley Community Center, Room H-6

See http://www.baars.org for details.

Speaker: TBD


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May 2023

May 26

Friday

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

General Meeting - Cubberley Community Center, Room H-6

See http://www.baars.org for details.

Speaker: TBD


June 2023

June 23

Friday

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

General Meeting - Cubberley Community Center, Room H-6

See http://www.baars.org for details.

Speaker: TBD

June 24-25

Saturday-Sunday

Sat 10 - 5 p.m.

Sun 10 - 4 p.m.

San Jose Reptile Show - volunteers needed!

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Pavilion Hall, 344 Tully Road, San Jose

A menagerie of turtles, snakes, lizards and other creatures that slither, crawl, slink and scurry is coming to the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. The San Jose Reptile Show is family friendly with free kids activities and opportunities to interact with lots of cold-blooded creatures. Buy tickets at the door, or save by buying in advance online (will be available in February, until Friday June 23). Adults/teens $15, youths 6-12 $5, 5 & under free; seniors/veterans/active-duty military $10 https://reptilerealms.com/

Attendees: TBD

Contact: Joanne Petersen, joanne.hiratsuka@gmail.com, if you can bring herps for free admission!

Reptile Show contact: Rick Porter, Rick@reptilerealms.com


July 2023

July 21

Friday

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

General Meeting - Cubberley Community Center, Room H-6

See http://www.baars.org for details.

Speaker: TBD


August 2023

August 19-20

Saturday-Sunday

Sat 10 - 5 p.m.

Sun 10 - 4 p.m.

San Mateo Reptile Show - volunteers needed!

San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403

A menagerie of turtles, snakes, lizards and other creatures that slither, crawl, slink and scurry is coming to the San Mateo Event Center. The San Mateo Reptile Show is family friendly with free kids activities and opportunities to interact with lots of cold-blooded creatures. Buy tickets at the door, or save by buying in advance online (will be available in February). Adults/teens $15, youths 6-12 $5, 5 & under free; seniors/veterans/active duty military $10 https://reptilerealms.com/

Attendees: TBD

Contact: Joanne Petersen, joanne.hiratsuka@gmail.com, if you can bring herps for free admission!

Reptile Show contact: Rick Porter, Rick@reptilerealms.com

August 25

Friday

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

General Meeting - Cubberley Community Center, Room H-6

See http://www.baars.org for details.

Speaker: TBD


September 2023

September 22

Friday

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

General Meeting - Cubberley Community Center, Room H-6

See http://www.baars.org for details.

Speaker: TBD


October 2023

October 27

Friday

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

General Meeting - Cubberley Community Center, Room H-6

See http://www.baars.org for details.

Speaker: TBD


November 2023 - NO GENERAL MEETING (Thanksgiving)

December 2023 - Holiday Party and Elections

December 2023 - NO GENERAL MEETING (Holiday party instead)



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Find the Frog

By Aleks Haecky



I was leaning over the gangway, just kinda gazing onto the water, thinking about the heavy things of life, when the reeds and debris slowly dissolved into the shape of a large bullfrog. (https://californiaherps.com/frogs/frogspics.html)




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BAHS is an educational and conservational group of amateur and professional herpetologists who want to share their knowledge, enthusiasm, and friendship with others interested in these fascinating creatures. We promote knowledge and enjoyment of reptiles, amphibians, and other herptiles.

Adoptions: See https://www.baars.org/adoptions for details on how to get your animal listed.

Newsletter created by Aleks Haecky and Michael Go. Contact: behindBAARS@gmail.com

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