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January 2022

General Meeting

January 28, 7:30 p.m.

Devon Peterson on

“Carnivorous Plants”

Cubberly Community Center

Room U7, 4000 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto

President’s Letter

Hello BAHS Members and Supporters!

Well Happy New Year to you all!

Wonder what this year will bring?

“May you live in interesting times” can be viewed as either an exhortation or a curse, I suppose.

Our Holiday Party was both fun and a bit cursed. It was at Cubberley Center on a cold December afternoon. We had to eat outside as current rules there dictate no inside food consumption. So we put the tables outside. Attendance was low, but enough of us showed up to visit and share some good food. Like. I brought my home BBQ Babyback ribs. At least other groups were also relegated to outside dining. And then the wind came up. Our area turned out to be a bit of a wind tunnel.

Hopefully by next year we can return indoors. Unless, of course, the next COVID Variant “Optimus Prime” arises— or some other insanity. [Ed. Let’s hope not.]

On to something a lot more fascinating.

At almost all Reptile Shows one sees carnivorous plants for sale. I myself have succumbed to temptation and am now moderately successful keeping and growing them.

And so to mix it up this January, our speaker will be Devon Peterson of Predatory Plants. (As you go into Half Moon Bay on 92, look for their store on the left). The topic will be “Carnivorous Plants for the Bay Area—Indoor and Outdoor Growing”. Several of our club members are already hooked on these fascinating plants. And it’s a great way to use those dead crickets!

Hope to see you all at our meeting.

Jeff Whitnack

BAHS President

Upcoming Events

Please, see the website ( for the most up-to-date listings.

We are hoping for some shows this spring and summer.

January 2022

January 28, 2022


7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

General Meeting - Cubberley Community Center, Room H-6

Speaker: Devon Peterson on Carnivorous Plants.

February 2022

January 4

7:30 pm

Board Meeting by Zoom

Join for business, or just for social chatting.

Email or any board member for details.

Board meetings are open to all members.

January 25, 2022


7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

General Meeting - Cubberley Community Center, Room H-6

Speaker: TBD

Where would you like to meet?

Finding the perfect meeting location has been an eternal challenge and we are ready to tackle it again.

If you want to meet somewhere closer to where you live, or in a location with less traffic congestion, or just different wallpaper, suggest a location. Possibilities include libraries, classrooms, community centers, and other shared spaces.

Word from the Editor: This is your chance. If you don’t raise your voice, The Board will do their best, and you’ll have to live with it!

Board Rejuvenation Campaign

You think the board has been filled with the same old cronies for a decade?

You know what, you are right.

And you know what, too? We are about ready to lounge with our lizards, just show up for meetings, and let others serve us speakers and newsletters and financial club security.

Or maybe you would just like to see new ideas? Better events? More exciting speakers? Adventurous outings? More outreach?

Well, new ideas arise from new people in the leadership. That’s why we elect new government officials, and that’s why this board needs – you!

To learn more, contact Kathy Arnold

See You at the Meeting!

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 for details on how to get your animal listed.

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