October Meeting

UPDATE: The Friends October meeting was held on Thursday the 20th at the Nevada State Museum. The well-attended event involved the monthly business meeting followed by a presentation from Abbey Czarnecki, the Aquatics Educator from the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

Abbey’s presentation involved:

  • The challenges that Southern Nevada’s native fishes and amphibians face to survive.
  • Conservation projects that NDOW has undertaken to support these species
  • Identification of species endemic to Nevada
  • Research locations: Corn Creek, Shoshone, Spring Mountain Ranch, Springs preserve
  • Discussions on the Pahrump Puddlefish
  • Biodiversity risks and invasive species
  • The discussion was detailed and interesting and highlighted what individuals can do to help species survive.

The business meeting items discussed were:

  1. Financial status: Checking – $18,008; Savings – $5,004.
  2. Museum update: The new Curator of History, Josef Diaz, starts on October 24.
  3. The 32Club raised $4,654.41 at their Autumn Fundraiser
  4. The next Pinot’s painting fundraiser is December 4.
  5. The Summer Campaign raised $5,715 towards the purchase of a new scanner for the library. The membership voted to use this money and $2,980 from the Friends General Fund to purchase the scanner. The motion was made by Jim Parish and seconded by Jenni Ruckle.
  6. Our speaker for November will be Maggie Bukowski, Curator of the Library/Documents. The meeting will be held on November 17th at 2:30 pm at the Museum.
  7. Annual elections are at the January 2023 meeting. Nominations are open for President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Media Coordinator.
  8. Our “Silent Online Auction” will be held November 12-20. The access site, when made live in November will be: NSMLV.betterworld.org/auctions/friends-fall-silent-auction-2.


The next Friends general membership meeting will be held on Thursday, October 20th, at 2:30 pm at the State Museum in Las Vegas (309 S. Valley View Blvd.). Doors will open at 2:00 pm for sign-in and social time. Following the meeting (about 3:30 pm), the Museum and store will be open for Friends perusal.

Our speaker will be Abbey Czarnecki, Angler Education Coordinator at the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). Abbie’s subject will be “Aquatics in the desert”. In a land of shimmering heat waves, mirages, and a merciless sun; life is tough for aquatic animals in the desert. NDOW’s Angler Educator, Abbey Czarnecki, will discuss the survival challenges that southern Nevada’s native fishes and amphibians face, and some of the conservation projects that NDOW has taken on to support these unique species.

Join us for what will be a very interesting and stimulating conversation about a subject most of us don’t even think about – how do we save fish in the desert?