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Western Pond Turtle. Photo by Yathin S Krishnappa (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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Jan. 18, 2022
Rescue of Western Pond Turtles
From Santa Monica Mountains Drought Conditions

Rescue of Western Pond Turtles
From Santa Monica Mountains Drought Conditions

Rescue of Western Pond Turtles
From Santa Monica Mountains Drought Conditions

With Rosi Dagit
CTTC - Valley Meeting: Jan. 21, 2022 | 7:00 PM PST
With Rosi Dagit
CTTC - Valley Meeting: Jan. 21, 2022 | 7:00 PM PST
With Rosi Dagit
CTTC - Valley Meeting: Jan. 21, 2022 | 7:00 PM PST



The CTTC Valley Chapter released the following information on Jan. 18, 2022 re: their Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 meeting at 7:00 PM PST via Zoom.

Western Pond Turtle Colony Rescued in the Santa Monica Mountains

The Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM) has been monitoring turtle population in the Santa Mountains area since 2002, looking for ways to help the reptile survive.

The turtles require ponds for food and safety. When their ponds and pools become dry, the turtles go hungry and are easy prey for predators such as ravens, raccoons, and dogs. Back in September, a coordinated team of volunteers and first responders led by the RCDMM came to the rescue to help out a stranded colony of Western Pond turtles. Rosi Dagit, Senior Conservation Biologist with Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains, will share the story of how they developed and put into action this unusual mission.

With the assistance of teams of first responders and volunteers, they brought in tanks of water with pumps to move the much-needed life sustaining liquid up and into an obscure rock canyon.

To see and hear more about this amazing endeavor, join us this Friday evening to hear from Rosi Dagit.

Update on Our UK Ambassador – Albert the Tortoise

Carrie Hernandez will also provide some neat information and an update on our unique relationship with Ian of the United Kingdom and Albert the Tortoise.

Don Williams – Fallen CTTC Warrior

We have lost a long-time CTTC leader and member. Don Williams, president of the CTTC statewide executive board, has lost his battle with health issues. Don would occasionally frequent our chapter meetings and would be called upon to share his extensive experience with the California Desert Tortoise on such things as living in their natural habitat, health, and diet issues.

Don Williams, who many California Turtle & Tortoise Club members affectionately referred to as their "desert tortoise guru" or "DT guru", and who provided the entire desert tortoise community with so much valuable information on how to keep these marvelous creatures in the most natural ways, passed away last week.

Don could explain, in person or in writing, even the most complicated information about desert tortoises so all could easily understand it. His expertise, gleaned from many years of research on burrows, diet, desert tortoise behavior, or various husbandry issues, also created an outstanding website, a treasure trove of knowledge, which he shared with all of those desiring to provide the greatest care for their tortoises. All his efforts were always "for the tortoises".

We thank him for everything he's taught us and has done for the captive desert tortoise, as he joins his beloved desert tortoise, Serenity, in everlasting peace.
— Abigail DeSesa & Bob Hazard


Re: The Zoom Meeting

With the Omnicron variant ranging, the church and our board has decided we should wait a bit for our return to in-person meetings, coupled with a health issue of one of our leaders. Therefore, we will be conducting this Friday evening's meeting via Zoom.

Your Valley Chapter Team

      Western Pond Turtle Colony Rescued in the Santa Monica Mountains

The Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM) has been monitoring turtle population in the Santa Mountains area since 2002, looking for ways to help the reptile survive.

The turtles require ponds for food and safety. When their ponds and pools become dry, the turtles go hungry and are easy prey for predators such as ravens, raccoons, and dogs. Back in September, a coordinated team of volunteers and first responders led by the RCDMM came to the rescue to help out a stranded colony of Western Pond turtles. Rosi Dagit, Senior Conservation Biologist with Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains, will share the story of how they developed and put into action this unusual mission.

With the assistance of teams of first responders and volunteers, they brought in tanks of water with pumps to move the much-needed life sustaining liquid up and into an obscure rock canyon.

To see and hear more about this amazing endeavor, join us this Friday evening to hear from Rosi Dagit.

Update on Our UK Ambassador – Albert the Tortoise

Carrie Hernandez will also provide some neat information and an update on our unique relationship with Ian of the United Kingdom and Albert the Tortoise.

Don Williams – Fallen CTTC Warrior

We have lost a long-time CTTC leader and member. Don Williams, president of the CTTC statewide executive board, has lost his battle with health issues. Don would occasionally frequent our chapter meetings and would be called upon to share his extensive experience with the California Desert Tortoise on such things as living in their natural habitat, health, and diet issues.

Don Williams, who many California Turtle & Tortoise Club members affectionately referred to as their "desert tortoise guru" or "DT guru", and who provided the entire desert tortoise community with so much valuable information on how to keep these marvelous creatures in the most natural ways, passed away last week.

Don could explain, in person or in writing, even the most complicated information about desert tortoises so all could easily understand it. His expertise, gleaned from many years of research on burrows, diet, desert tortoise behavior, or various husbandry issues, also created an outstanding website, a treasure trove of knowledge, which he shared with all of those desiring to provide the greatest care for their tortoises. All his efforts were always "for the tortoises".

We thank him for everything he's taught us and has done for the captive desert tortoise, as he joins his beloved desert tortoise, Serenity, in everlasting peace.
— Abigail DeSesa & Bob Hazard


Re: The Zoom Meeting

With the Omnicron variant ranging, the church and our board has decided we should wait a bit for our return to in-person meetings, coupled with a health issue of one of our leaders. Therefore, we will be conducting this Friday evening's meeting via Zoom.

Your Valley Chapter Team

To receive an invitation and instructions on how to join the Zoom session you must be a CTTC member. You can join the Valley Chapter Here.

CTTC - Valley Chapter General Info.

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