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Executive and CCC Meetings
Hi Executive Committe and CCC representatives, just a reminder, the remaining of the meetings for the year will be held at the Rohnert Park Youth Ag. Leadership Center. Thank you all for your endless hours dedicated to the 4-H program. You are appreciated.
The 4-H office wishes you and yours Happy Holidays!
Join the Countywide Wildlife Project
Our focus this year is Birds of Sonoma County, and beyond. We will learn about their habitats, what they eat, what eats them and how we can help them. This subject lends itself to time in observation, so we will plan a birding trips with experts to learn more about our local Birds. Join us and upgrade your ability to identify birds on the wing, in the tree tops, or even sitting on the nest, and learn what you can do to entice them to visit your yard.
Next meeting: January 24, 4pm at the 4-H Office. Learn more at Wildlife Project.
Bay/Coast Area Youth Summit(Formally known as CAL Conference)
This year we are doing a new event called the Bay Coast Youth Summit, transitioned from CAL Conference! It is a weekend long leadership conference for 4-H youth ages 11-13 who want to expand their leadership skills in a fun and challenging environment. You get the chance to meet other 4-Hers from across the Bay Coast Area, from Santa Barbara to Sonoma counties. Registration closes December 31st and the cost is $100. The conference takes place at YMCA Camp Jones Gulch in La Honda, San Mateo County. Come learn how to be a “super leader” at Bay Coast Youth Summit 2018: With Great Leadership Comes Great Responsibility!
If you are ages 14 to 19 and want to join the fun, sign up to be a facilitator! You are responsible during the Summit for leading a group of younger members and being a good role model. But that's not all: Facilitators get to engage in fun, teen-only activities in leadership development and team bonding.
Chaperones needed! If you are an adult, come be a chaperone for the weekend! We appreciate you helping to make the conference possible.
Register here: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=21679
Or access the registration link on the California 4-H Website under Events > Youth Summits.
Registration Process: Submit this form, then mail your registration fee to: Bay/Coast Youth Summit, 22215 Tara Ct, Salinas, CA 93908. Currently the only form of payment accepted is by check. Make checks payable to the California 4-H Management Board with Bay/Coast Youth Summit in the memo.
1st Teen Career Exploration
On December 6 we had our first Teen Career Exploration at Parker Hannifin. Nine teens and a few parents were able to take a glimpse of what it would be like to be an Electro-mechanical engineer.
Thank you Parker Hannifin for allowing 4-H and Sonoma County Teens tour your facility.
If you have a business that is willing to take a couple hours to open their doors to our teens please contact Jesenia Mendoza – Jesmendoza@ucanr.edu
4-H Shooting Sports Workshop
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
A 4-H shooting sports workshop for the rifle discipline will be held at the UC Cooperative Extension Office, 1031 S. Mt. Vernon Avenue in Bakersfield. Participants must attend both days of training to receive certification. Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will be certified as a rifle trainer and can lead a rifle project at the club level or serve as county trainer to certify other leaders. There is no cost for the course. Teen leaders (high school aged youth) are eligible to participate in this course as well. To register for the course or receive more information, contact John Borba at firstname.lastname@example.org
2018 California Camping 4-H Conference
2018 Alameda County 4-H Swine Field Day.
Dr. Kevin Burgoon - https://www.purinamills.com/purina-expertise/bio/kevin-burgoon
"This will be the largest team of presenters we have ever had for the field day. It's not often that you can speak to this many swine experts at one time. I met Dr. Burgoon several years ago and he is extremely knowledgeable about show animal nutrition with a PhD in animal nutrition.” Brian Cook, Alameda County 4-h Swine Species Leader.
Sonoma Marin Fair 2018 Guidebook Business
Below is info about advertising in our guidebook, as well as our NEW offer to put senior pages in the guidebook for any graduating seniors or kids that graduated last year and are exhibiting for their last qualified year at the fair! Please pass on to you leaders. Do not hesitate to ask questions!
Please choose from the following options to place an advertisement in our 2018 Guidebook.
½ Page……………… $275
¼ Page……………… $125
Business Card…… $50
Exhibitor Senior Page
For Exhibitors who have just graduated High School or are showing one year after graduation for their last eligible year. Only ½ or ¼ pages are offered.
¼ Page………… $50
All ads must be submitted to Paulette Swallow email@example.com, fully designed and completed by 1/5/17. They must be in jpg format in order to be used in the 2018 guidebook. Submission following the deadline could result in your ad not being included. All Ads and senior pages will be printed in black and white.
Recommendations for Backyard Poultry Owners in Areas Where Local Health Emergencies Were Declared Following the Northern California Fires
Maurice Pitesky , UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine-Cooperative Extension
In addition to all the destruction and inhalation of smoke associated with the recent fires in Northern California, one of the unfortunate legacies remaining are chemical contamination of land, soil and water. The wildfire debris can include household hazardous waste (e.g. batteries and other electronic waste, paints, flammable liquids), building material (e.g. stucco, sheetrock, joint compound, asbestos siding and pipe insulation), pesticides, and fire suppression chemicals that may have been used.
For example, ash debris from the California wildfires from 2007 was found to contain heavy metals that could cause long term health effects with exposure at high levels. Unfortunately our backyard chickens typically live off the soil and hence are at risk for exposure to some of the chemicals in the debris. Since backyard chickens are food animals with respect to egg and meat production, there is a risk that some of these substances may be ingested by chickens and deposited inside eggs which are then laid by the chickens. Unfortunately, there is limited scientific data on this issue. To that point there are no controlled studies, to our knowledge, that have assessed whether many of these chemicals can be found in eggs following ingestion by chickens. In addition, withdrawal periods following exposure are also not understood.
What can you do? The concern to human health is with respect to the consumption of eggs and poultry meat from chickens exposed to the above listed toxic debris as a result of the recent fires. Hence out of an abundance of caution, if you live in an area where residents were advised to not clean up any debris associated with the fire or you suspect that your birds were foraging in burnt areas, we recommend not eating eggs from those hens until they are tested by a diagnostic lab. Therefore, we encourage people in affected areas to submit eggs to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine for testing.
Testing costs will be free. For submission, please mail up to 6 eggs overnight to the following address:
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Attn: Dr. Maurice Pitesky 1 Shields Drive VM 3B Room 4007 Davis, CA 95616
Please include the following information: Address where birds are located Number of birds in your flock For further questions please contact Dr. Birgit Puschner or Dr. Pitesky at the following email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
From the 4-H Youth Development Advisor, Steven Worker
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4-H does not endorse any person in the community who make requests. As always, please use caution when contacting someone. 4-H members who accept listed jobs are doing so as an individual, outside of the scope of the 4-H program.
I have about one acre of fenced pasture off of Ross Branch Road near Forestville and would welcome an appropriate number of goats or sheep to graze on the property on a temporary basis. Free of charge to a responsible party. Please contact Anne at 707-887-1260.
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