GAME AND FISH NEWS, April 23, 2020

PHOENIX — As Arizonans get out to experience the trails and outdoors, it is important to remember that Arizona is home to 13 species of rattlesnake. The ones encountered most often are the Western diamondback, Mojave, black-tailed and sidewinder.

Thomas Jones, amphibians and reptiles program manager for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, said: “Arizona has more rattlesnake species than any other state, and we can all celebrate that amazing biodiversity”

In warm deserts, rattlesnakes are most active March through October. During the spring, rattlesnakes are most active in the daylight hours. As the days become increasingly hot, usually around early May, rattlesnakes become more active at night.

April is typically when the most rattlesnake bites are reported in Arizona. So far, there have been 39 bites reported in 2020 to the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, 19 of those in April.

Watch your step at home

Rattlesnakes can blend in easily with surroundings, so always look where you place your feet and hands. Carry a flashlight at night, especially on warmer nights when rattlesnakes can be most active.

Stay on the trail

Encounters with rattlesnakes and other venomous reptiles can happen anywhere but are more likely to occur when you leave a marked trail or wander away from a heavily trafficked area. Always stay on marked trails and be cautious of your surroundings.

Remember, if you encounter a rattlesnake, the snake is more concerned with being left alone and would rather not have to deal with you. Slowly back away from the snake, give it a wide berth, and continue on your way; an agitated rattlesnake will often hold its ground but will not chase you. If the snake is in your yard, watch the snake, as it is most likely just passing through.

If you need to have the snake removed, some fire departments may remove snakes or you can call a snake removal service or pest company, however there will likely be a charge.

“Although accidents certainly happen, rattlesnakes are typically not dangerous unless provoked,” Jones said.

By leaving rattlesnakes alone, you can significantly reduce your risk of being bitten. In fact, more than half of all rattlesnake bites are provoked by the person who was bitten. For additional information and resources about rattlesnake bites, contact the Arizona Poison Drug and Information Center at 1-800-222-1222.

Reminder: Our annual & first board meeting is tomorrow, 3:50 PM sign-in, starting promptly @ 4:00, 5910 E Hunter Creek Ct.

If anyone attending the meeting wants the financials prior, let me know and I will send you the pdf as copies for the meeting will not be provided.

A copy will be posted on the website along w/ the draft meeting minutes sometime after the meeting.

Thanks to our unpaid but priceless treasurer DeeDee Hoeft for working hard to make this happen.

Lynn Mattingly, President
vdohoapresident at vistadeloro dot org




Spring Meeting Logistics & Handouts

This is a reminder for our upcoming Annual Membership and Spring Board Meetings. (Note: We need at least five HOA households attending to meet quorum.)

When: Saturday, April 25th

Time: “Sign-in” will start at 3:50 pm. The meeting will commence promptly at 4:00 pm and conclude well before dinner.

Where: 5910 E Hunter Creek Ct. (Casa Mattingly)

Agenda: See the email from Lynn, “VDO HOA Meetings 4:00 PM, Saturday, 25-April” (dated March 13th) for the draft agenda items. Handouts are linked here: [HANDOUTS]

Social-Distancing Logistics:
1. Due to the virus, the meeting will be held on the Mattingly’s garage apron versus the dining room.
2. There will be sanitized plastic chairs spaced apart, or you can bring your own chair.
3. “Sign-in” will be by roll call rather than the usual clipboard and pen.
4. No refreshments will be offered. Bring your own beverages.
4. No handouts will be provided. Bring your own handouts, printed out from the email or link referenced above.

Hope to see you there!
Diana Doyle, Secretary


Zoom Video Conferencing Alert

With a lot of us now spending more time at home but still wanting to stay in touch with co-workers, family, and friends, the free video conferencing platform Zoom has recently received a lot of attention.

I’m hearing a lot of questions asking how something that looks this good can really be free. ALWAYS a good question. Everyone should be cautious and aware that Zoom isn’t really ready for prime time yet.

Their platform is full of holes. Important security holes. They’ve admitted it and are working to fix things but it’s gonna be a long time until it’s anywhere near acceptable vis-à-vis privacy, encryption, and breach security.

Truth is, most everyone already has a bullet-proof solution in Facetime or Skype. For now, stick with them!

Click below for a good high-level NPR article highlighting some of the Zoom issues.

[NPR Article Link]




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