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Calendar of Events

General Chapter Meetings and Presentations, Chapter Field Trips, Annual Chapter Events, Creosote Ring Subchapter Events, and other, non-CNPS events which may be of interest to our members are posted here, organized by date. You may also view events in Google Calendar format. For board meetings, click here.

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All events are subject to change - please check back here often for updates, additions, cancellations, etc. For trips involving traveling any distance to meet, it's also a good idea to check with the trip leader the day before to make sure nothing has changed.

June

June 3, Saturday 10am-2pm: Pollinator Garden Tour, Eastern Sierra Land Trust (250 N. Fowler St. in Bishop)

Since Eastern Sierra Land Trust's Eastside Pollinator Garden Project kicked off in 2014, locals across the Eastern Sierra have been hard at work creating beautiful native plant gardens alive with bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. During the Garden Tour, you’ll have the chance to see these lovely gardens in bloom, win prizes, and much more.

Prior to the start of the tour, Eastern Sierra Land Trust will be hosting a free outdoor yoga class in the ESLT office backyard, beginning at 9am. Join us for morning yoga, then hit the road as we tour local pollinator gardens!

For more information and to obtain your garden map and directions, please contact Indigo Johnson, ESLT Education Coordinator & AmeriCorps Member, at indigo@eslt.org or (760) 873-4554.

June 6, Tuesday, 7pm: A plant's eye view of climate change in California mountains. Dr. Frank Davis, Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab (SNARL)Spring Lecture Series.

We welcome you every Tuesday evening this spring to our free public seminars. Seminars are from 7-8 PM and doors open at 6:30. All seminars will be held in the Page Center at SNARL – 1016 Mount Morrison Road. Small tasters of food and drink will be provided by local businesses. See the full 2017 schedule here.

Dr. Frank Davis, Professor Landscape Ecology, Conservation Planning at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara

CNPS Event June 10, Saturday: Whippoorwill Flat Field Trip, Inyo Mountains, with Michèle Slaton

We will visit the pinyon-juniper woodlands of the Whippoorwill Flat area in the Inyo Mountains. After driving up the Death Valley Road out of Big Pine, and out on the Saline Valley Road about 12 miles, we will hike in the vicinity of 7500 ft., exploring the Whippoorwill Flat Research Natural Area. We should see a variety of annual and perennial wildflowers, including phlox (Phlox stansburyi), blazing-star (Mentzelia sp.), bitter- root (Lewisia rediviva), buckwheats (Eriogonum sp.), and rockcress (Boechera sp.). Our prize will be rediscovery of the juniper and dense mistletoe hybrid, Phoradendron juniperinum x bolleanum ssp. densum, which was visited by Mary DeDecker about every five years 1968-1995, and so will be our opportunity to carry on the trend of long-term monitoring (see Wiens, D. & M. DeDecker. 1972. Rare natural hybridization in Phoradendron (Viscaceae). Madrono 21:395-402). Delbert Wiens (expert of mistletoes; author of Viscaceae treatments, and Mary's son-in- law) is planning to join us! We will meet at 9am at the parking lot at the junction of Hwy 395 and Hwy 168 in Big Pine, and carpool to the extent possible to the field trip area. Bring everything you need for a full day in the field. Please contact Michèle Slaton (760-920- 8693 or mslaton02@gmail.com) with questions.

June 13, Tuesday, 7pm: Generating Jovian Jets in a Giant Gyrating Jacuzzi. Dr. Jon Aurnou, Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab (SNARL)Spring Lecture Series.

We welcome you every Tuesday evening this spring to our free public seminars. Seminars are from 7-8 PM and doors open at 6:30. All seminars will be held in the Page Center at SNARL – 1016 Mount Morrison Road. Small tasters of food and drink will be provided by local businesses. See the full 2017 schedule here.

Dr. Jon Aurnou, Professor of Planetary Physics, Department of Earth, Planetary & Space Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

June 16-18: Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua, birdchautauqua.org

Get your binoculars ready for the 16th Annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua coming June 16-18, 2017! We hope you’ll be here to celebrate and support the rich diversity of bird life, the legacy of avian research, and the ongoing conservation efforts in the Eastern Sierra—all while having a darn good time. Happy birding, botanizing, and naturalizing! We hope to see you at the Chautauqua!

Registration opens April 15th at 6:30am. We encourage you to register online at that time as some classes do fill quickly. The complete Chautauqua program is available online. If you didn't register early, there are often last minute openings available on trips, so don't let that stop you from enjoying this fantastic event.

CNPS Event June 17, Saturday: Conglomerate Mesa, with Jerry Zatorski

Nestled in the southern Inyo Mountains, Conglomerate Mesa is the second most southern peak in the Inyo Mountains, and the has the most southern pinyon/juniper woodlands in the range. Unlike the basalt covered Malpais Mesa to the south or the granitic pluton of Cerro Gordo to the north, Conglomerate Mesa is composed of older Permian sedimentary rock. This part of the Inyo Mountains has great potential to hold numerous botanical treasures as much of the Inyo Mountains have not been explored botanically especially away from established roads.

We will begin at the northeast side of the mesa and hike and botanize our way up to the summit and mesa flat above 7000'. There will be about 7-10 miles of moderate to challenging hiking at a botanist pace which should take us a full day, 8 hours or so. Participants should bring lunch, ample snacks and plenty of fluids as this is a dry hike. Dress for the weather conditions, hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes, appropriate clothes. Bring field guides, hand lens, binoculars, topo maps, and a willingness to hike and explore.

We will meet at 7:00 AM at the intersection of SR 190 and Saline Valley Rd. Alt. Route (34.5 mi E of US 395 near Lone Pine or 17mi E of SR 190 x SR 136), we then have a 1 hr. drive to the beginning of the hike. 4WD vehicles with clearance are required because the dirt roads can always be unpredictable. For more information, contact Jerry at jerryzat@gmail.com.

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July

CNPS Event July 8, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Bodie Hills. Leader: Ann Howald.

This will be a driving loop trip going in on the Masonic Road and returning on the Aurora Canyon Road. Meet at 9 am at the Bridgeport Forest Service Office on Highway 395, a few miles south of Bridgeport. On the Masonic Road we’ll be stopping to look at pinyon-juniper woodland, seasonal wetlands, aspen groves, and montane sagebrush scrub. Easy walking. An all-day trip. High clearance vehicles needed. Road conditions after a snowy winter could cause rescheduling of this trip so check with Ann the week before: (707) 721-6120 or annhowald@vom.com

CNPS Event July 15, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Glass Mountain Peak and Sawmill Meadow. Leader: Julie Anne Hopkins.

We will explore the eastern flank and summit plateau of this obscure volcanic peak, following a vague hiking trail near Sawmill Meadow. Starting in lodgepole and Jeffrey pine woodland, we’ll quickly ascend a deep pumice valley passing things like Penstemon newberryiMonardella odoratissima, and Eriogonum lobbii. We’ll lunch on the wide summit plateau accompanied by dwarfed Pinus albicaulisPenstemon speciosusAstragalus monoensis, and Raillardella argentea. Stupendous 360-degree views of the Mono Basin, Adobe Valley, Long Valley, Sierra and White Mountain crests will be unavoidable. We should return to the cars around 3:00. Check back closer to the date for more logistical details and a map. Contact Julie Anne Hopkins for more information.

CNPS Event July 22, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: White Mountains / Crooked Creek. Leader: Courtney Collins.

Plant identification in the White Mountains-Sagehen Flat. Meet at Crooked Creek research station at 9 am and we will do a short hike up to Sagehen Flat. Bring comfortable shoes and water. Pack lunches will be available at Crooked Creek station. Please be prepared for high altitude conditions (3258 m, 10,698 ft). We will focus on plants from the GLORIA survey list.

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August

CNPS Event Date Change to July 22 August 12, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: White Mountains / Crooked Creek. Leader: Courtney Collins.

Plant identification in the White Mountains-Sagehen Flat. Meet at Crooked Creek research station at 9 am and we will do a short hike up to Sagehen Flat. Bring comfortable shoes and water. Pack lunches will be available at Crooked Creek station. Please be prepared for high altitude conditions (3258 m, 10,698 ft). We will focus on plants from the GLORIA survey list.

CNPS Event August 19, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Glass Meadow. Leaders: Julie Anne Hopkins and Sue Weis.

Glass Creek Meadow is a beautiful spot about 1 1/2 to 2 miles west of Obsidian Dome. We should see lovely summer meadow flowers, a few Mono Lake lupines in sandy open spots among the pines, and some riparian flowers along Glass Creek, including Lewis' monkeyflower. The hike is sandy and uphill. Meet at the parking area next to 395 at 9:00 am and we will carpool from there. Bring lunch, water, hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.

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September

CNPS Event 2017 DATE TBA, Saturday, 9-11am, CNPS Native Plant Sale - Bishop, White Mountain Research Station

This is the largest native plant sale of the year, and this year, we can accept credit cards! A wonderful array of native plants is offered every year.  A variety of flowers, shrubs, and trees adapted to our area will be for sale. Here's last year's plant list.

Prices: Plant prices are $5.00 for small tree pots, $8.00 for gallon pots, and $10 for large tree pots. If you have any of the black plastic pots from last year’s sale we would love to recycle them for you.

Proceeds from the annual native plant sales provide funding for our Mary DeDecker Botanical Grants. The grant program is a fitting way to remember Mary DeDecker’s many contributions to the people and plants of the Eastern Sierra.

See our Plant Sale Page for more details!

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October

CNPS Event October 7, Saturday: Klondike Lake; Leader Steve Matson

This is not a spectacular flower show trip. Late season shrubs and a few special plants like Chloropyron maritimum, Cleomella plocasperma, Ericameria albida, Pyrrocoma racemosa, and Stutzia covillei will be seen in all their understated glory. We will walk about a half-mile out and back near the west shore of Klondike Lake. The low level alkaline habitat with a shallow water table presents an important component to the suite of plant habitats in the Owens Valley. Meet at 9 AM at the junction of 395 and 168 in Big Pine, or at the Klondike lake turnoff a mile or so north of Big Pine. Leader: Steve Matson, phone 775-843-0389 or email ssmat@sbcglobal.net.

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November

CNPS Event 2017 DATE TBA, 9am-12pm (or so): DeDecker Garden Fall Clean-up

Come help Clean up the DeDecker Native Plant Garden at the Eastern California Museum in Independence. We will be pruning, planting, weeding and hauling away garden debris. Bring gloves, hats, water, lunch or snacks, trowels, pitchforks, pruners. For more info: Contact Richard Potashin at 760-263-5022.

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December

CNPS Event No Bristlecone Chapter events planned for December 2017 (yet!)

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Being Planned:

The Bristlecone Chapter normally hosts two events on alternate years – a Spring or Summer Sojourn and the Bristlecone Chapter Banquet. In 2013 we held a Spring Sojourn in Big Pine. The Sojourn is a weekend of field trips, evening programs and visiting. In 2009 it was held in July at the Crooked Creek Facility in the White Mountains. In 2011 and 2012 we did not hold a special event due to lack of available volunteers. The 2010 Banquet was held in July at the Crowley Lake Community Center. In order to continue hosting these events, we need volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering to help organize events or to lead a trip, contact any board member!

Look for future events here, including field trips, meetings, future Spring or Summer Sojourns (weekends of field trips), Banquets, Native Plant Sales, Conferences and other events of interest to botanically minded folks.

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About Bristlecone Chapter Events

Bristlecone Chapter Field Trips:

Every year the Bristlecone Chapter plans a variety of excursions to interesting and floriferous places. Our trips usually begin in late March to points in the low desert of our region, such as Death Valley or the Mojave Desert, where the flower display begins in early spring. We generally follow the flowers up in elevation as spring and summer progress, ending our quest for blooms in the highest regions of our awesome surrounding mountains in mid-summer. Our explorations usually finish with an appreciation of fall colors displayed in the extensive aspen groves found in the Eastern Sierra. We also schedule seed collecting or cleaning trips and work parties at the Mary DeDecker Native Plant Garden in Independence.

Everyone is welcome on our field trips, whether or not you are a member of CNPS, and whether or not you know a turnip from a scarlet monkeyflower!

Please keep in mind that all events, especially field trips which rely on outdoor conditions, are subject to change. Check back here often for updates, additions, cancellations, etc. Also, especially for events requiring travel, consider contacting the trip leader the day before the trip to confirm.

Field Trip Policies

Event Photos

See photos of previous field trips and events in our scrapbook, and more recent event photos may be found on our Facebook Page

Annual Bristlecone Chapter Events:

The Bristlecone Chapter hosts two events on alternate years – a Sierra Spring or Summer Sojourn, and the Bristlecone Chapter Banquet. Whether we hold these special events or not in a given year depends on how many dedicated volunteers step up to organize and help make them happen. If you are interested in volunteering to help us put on one of these events, or for any other reason, contact any board member!Our chapter members are encouraged to attend both events. The public is also welcome.

The Sojourn is a weekend of field trips, evening programs and visiting. In 2013 it was held at the end of May at the Sierra Adventure Center at Bernasconi Ranch located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains west of Big Pine at an elevation of about 5000 feet. In 2009 it was held in July at the Crooked Creek Facility in the White Mountains. Watch the newsletters and events page for when the next event is planned!

Also don't miss our Annual Native Plant Sales!

General Bristlecone Chapter Meetings and Presentations:

Membership meetings include brief discussion of chapter business, followed by a presentation by a guest speaker. Presentations are geared to appeal to persons of a wide range of knowledge of native plants, from beginners to professional botanists. The November meeting each year is a pot luck, often with a members’ slide show in lieu of a speaker.

Unless otherwise announced, General Chapter Meetings will be at the White Mountain Research Station (3000 E. Line St. Bishop).

Board Meetings

Board Meeting locations will be announced on this site and via email before each meeting, and have been held at the USFS/BLM Conference Room (351 Pacu Lane, Bishop), the ESICE office (2nd and Pine, Bishop), the Friends of the Inyo offices (819 North Barlow, Bishop), or board member's homes in the past. For information on our southern sub-chapter meetings, see the Creosote Ring Sub-Chapter page.


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