|From AOS Orchids December 1998:
(Suggested by Cindy Hill, Director)
the kitchen with Sandra"
THIS MONTH'S GENERAL MEETING
Happy New Year! To start the new year off right we have a guest speaker who specializes in worldwide conservation. Our guest speaker is Bill Toone the director of conservation programs for the San Diego Zoo. He is the local subject matter expert on conservation and has graciously put together a program centered on orchid conservation. Here are a few words he has to say about himself:
"I am Director of Applied Conservation Programs
for the Zoological Society of San Diego. I spend a great
deal of time involved in domestic and international
conservation programs. Having studied the California
condor for my Master thesis at the University of
California at Davis, I went on to lead the ZSSD's
participation in the program from 1981 to 1990,
collecting eggs, rearing chicks and serving as a member
of the Federally appointed Recovery Team. Later, because
of an interest in community based conservation and
sustainable resource use I began working with the orchids
of the air, butterflies. Through this work, the well-know
butterfly encounter in the Wild Animal Park's Hidden
Jungle was developed.
To totally involve the San Diego Zoo during our general meeting the San Diego Zoo Orchid Greenhouses will provide the plants for our Plant Opportunity Table. We have been promised a variety of the excess plants that have been collected by the Zoo over the years. Most of the plants will be species, all of them blooming size or near blooming size. In addition Don Van Kekerix has two very special "coffee table" books for our Silent Auction. These are the type of books that concentrate on full color glory photos of orchid species ideal for reference and just thumbing through. The books are from an anonymous donor and are titled, "The International Book of Orchids" and "The Orchid." Both books were authored by P. Francis Hunt. Lucky us to have these for our Silent Auction! And also in addition a few plants were left over from the Holiday party and will be added to the Plant Opportunity Table. The Plant Opportunity Table will have a larger than normal selection this time. All you need is a few of those lucky drawing tickets.
SDCOS Board of Directors Meeting December 8,
On the Web
Phalaenopsis.Net - includes color photos of phalaenopsis, a species list, and how-to-grow resources.