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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.

April

April 2, Tuesday, 7pm: Dry/Wet snow recipes for unusual avalanches - Avalanche forecasting challenges in a changing climate, with Sue Burak, Snow Survey Associates, White Mountain Research Center Public Lectures

White Mountain Research Center is pleased to present a series of FREE lectures open to the general public. The lectures cover a diverse array of topics and are usually presented by scientists and other researchers affiliated with the station. Unless otherwise noted, lectures are held at 7:00 PM at the Owens Valley Station located at 3000 East Line Street in Bishop, California. 760-873-4344.

Tonight's Lecture is on Dry/Wet snow recipes for unusual avalanches - Avalanche forecasting challenges in a changing climate, presented by Sue Burak, Snow Survey Associates – UC White Mountain Research Center

April 5-7: Spring Wildflower Exhibit 2019, Maturango Museum, 100 East Las Flores Ave, Ridgecrest

With earth-long rainbows and wondrous scents, Indian Wells Valley pledges otherworldly blossoms this spring. Eager spotters are sounding off as the first wildflower sprouts of the year are rearing their heads. Soon hundreds of varieties and colors will bedazzle the region’s every corner. Fortunately, a team of collectors will bring the pomp and glory to us. From April 5th to April 7th, the Maturango Museum will host its annual Wildflower Exhibit. In the Coso Room you can visit with more than 200 wildflower species from over 40 plant families. Exhibit hosts will be present to help guide guests and answer questions. More information and photos on the Maturango Museum site.

April 6, 2pm: A Botanist Comes Full-Circle: From Studying to Defending California’s Tejon Ranch, California’s Largest Private Landholding, Nick Jensen at the Maturango Museum, 100 East Las Flores Ave, Ridgecrest

California Native Plant Society’s Nick Jensen will speak at the Maturango Museum's Spring Wildflower Exhibit on April 6th at 2:00pm. His presentation will be “A Botanist Comes Full-Circle: From Studying to Defending California’s Tejon Ranch, California’s Largest Private Landholding.”

Nick Jensen is the Southern California Conservation Analyst for CNPS. Nick earned his BS degree in Environmental Horticulture at UC Davis, and recently completed his PhD in botany at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG)/Claremont Graduate University. As a graduate student Nick produced the first Flora of Tejon Ranch and studied evolutionary patterns in perennial Streptanthus (jewelflowers). From 2006-2010, he was employed by CNPS, first as a Vegetation Program Assistant, and later as the Rare Plant Program Director. Nick has also worked as a botanist for the U.S. Forest Service, Chicago Botanic Garden, and the private consulting industry. He has taught botany classes to professionals and interested members of the public for CNPS, RSABG, the Jepson Herbarium, and Theodore Payne Foundation. As a volunteer he has served on the Rare Plant Program Committee and the board of Southern California Botanists, serving as president in 2015-16. Nick is a fellow of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, hiking, rock climbing, and photographing wildflowers, activities that are often not mutually exclusive.

CNPS Event April 6, Saturday, 10am-Noon: Pollinator Garden Workshop, Eastern Sierra Land Trust

In Partnership with the Eastern Sierra Land Trust, CNPS is hosting a Pollinator Garden Workshop and Potluck on April 6! The workshop will be held at Inyo Council for the Arts on Saturday, April 6th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and will be immediately followed by the potluck. All are welcome for one or both parts. You’ll come away knowing everything you need to create a blooming haven for pollinators! There will be presentations on a variety of topics relating to creating pollinator habitat. Contact Marie Ring for more information, at marie@eslt.org or (760) 873 - 4554.

April 9, Tuesday, 7pm: Climate change impacts in alpine plant communities, with Meredith Jabis, PhD., University of California, Berkeley, White Mountain Research Center Public Lectures

White Mountain Research Center is pleased to present a series of FREE lectures open to the general public. The lectures cover a diverse array of topics and are usually presented by scientists and other researchers affiliated with the station. Unless otherwise noted, lectures are held at 7:00 PM at the Owens Valley Station located at 3000 East Line Street in Bishop, California. 760-873-4344.

Tonight's Lecture is on Climate change impacts in alpine plant communities, presented by Meredith Jabis, PhD., University of California, Berkeley – UC White Mountain Research Center

CNPS Event April 15: May-June Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter Deadline

Today is the deadline for submissions for the March-April Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter to our Newsletter Editor, Elaine Chow, at newsletter@bristleconecnps.org. Contact Elaine with any questions.

April 30, Tuesday, 7pm: What do migrants do differently? Identifying habitat for Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, with Derek Spitz, PhD. University of Montana, White Mountain Research Center Public Lectures

White Mountain Research Center is pleased to present a series of FREE lectures open to the general public. The lectures cover a diverse array of topics and are usually presented by scientists and other researchers affiliated with the station. Unless otherwise noted, lectures are held at 7:00 PM at the Owens Valley Station located at 3000 East Line Street in Bishop, California. 760-873-4344.

Tonight's Lecture is on What do migrants do differently? Identifying habitat for Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, with Derek Spitz, PhD. University of Montana – UC White Mountain Research Center

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May

CNPS Event May 4, Saturday, 11am-2pm: GardenFest, Eastern Sierra Land Trust, 250 N. Fowler Street, Bishop

The annual GardenFest will be held at 250 N. Fowler St. in Bishop on Saturday, May 4, 11am - 2 pm. This free, family-friendly event celebrations spring with plants and delicious food for purchase, a free beer tasting, live music, children's games and much more.

GardenFest will also offer opportunities to learn about ESLT's Eastside Pollinator Garden Project, and how community members can transform their yards or garden into pollinator havens. This project helps keep the Eastern Sierra blooming by enticing native birds, bees, and butterflies to gardens throughout the Eastern Sierra.

For more information, please contact Marie Ring, ESLT's Education Coordinator and AmeriCorps Member, at marie@eslt.org or call (760) 873-4554.

CNPS Event May 10-13, Rare Plant Treasure Hunt, Conglomerate Mesa BioBlitz

Join CNPS, Friend of the Inyo, and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden document the flora and fauna of Conglomerate Mesa in order to help conserve this amazing place. Meet us for camping and naturalizing in small groups May 11-12, or explore on your own Friday May 10th through Monday May 13th. We’ll search for rare plants, birds, reptiles, insects, and more and record our findings in iNaturalist. Habitats include stands of Joshua trees, pinyon-juniper, and desert hillsides.

Click here to RSVP and receive additional details.

CNPS Event May 15, Wednesday, 6pm: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting

Location: Eastern Sierra Land Trust, 250 N. Fowler, Bishop. All members are welcome.

CNPS Event May 22, Wednesday, 6pm Potluck, followed by desserts and a program at 7pm: Botanical Explorations of the Eastern Sierra (Local Botanical Research from DeDecker Grant Recipients), Bristlecone Chapter Program; Sophie Winitsky, Trevor Carter, and Isaac Marck, at the USFS/BLM Office Conference Room, Bishop

Three recipients of CNPS Bristlecone Chapter DeDecker Grants will present the findings of their botanical explorations and research of eastern California. Please join us for a potluck beginning at 6pm, and presentations at 7pm with desserts. Bring a dish to share if you can. The three DeDecker Grant Recipients who will present their work are Sophie Winitsky (Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden), a Flora of Adobe Valley, Mono County, Trevor Carter (University of NV, Reno), The changing needles of whitebark pine through decades of collections, and Isaac Marck (UC Berkeley), Systematics of rock daisies of Inyo County. Download flyer to share here.

CNPS Event May 24, Friday, 9am-1:30pm: Lower Rock Creek, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip; Led by Ann Howald

Meet at 9 am at the Lower Rock Creek trailhead in Paradise (at the hairpin turn) next to the old Paradise Resort on Old Sherwin Grade Rd. This is about a mile north of the Inyo-Mono Co line. Carpooling to the trailhead appreciated since parking is limited. On this easy walk up the canyon we will see some interesting shrubs at or near the northern limit of their Eastern Sierra range - desert olive (Forestiera pubescens) and California coffeeberry (Frangula californica ssp. cuspidata); a variety of Mojavean wildflowers, including the only Mono County location for desert thistle (Cirsium neomexicanum); one of the largest Eastern Sierra stands of Ponderosa pine south of Lake Tahoe; and an assortment of riparian shrubs and wildflowers, including Kelley’s lily (Lilium kelleyanum) and stream orchid (Epipactis gigantea). Bring water and lunch to enjoy on the trail. We should be back to the cars by 1:30 pm or so. For more information, contact Ann: annhowald@vom.com or 707-721-6120.

CNPS Event May 25, Saturday, 8am: Northern Owens Valley Springtime Botany, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip; Leader: Jerry Zatorski

This will be an exploration of some wildflower areas between Bishop and Laws. The diversity of habitats from alkali meadows to ancient upland sand dunes to White Mountain alluvial fans will not leave us short on places to explore for springtime blooms. The upland areas have numerous annuals and drought hardy desert shrubs. The meadows down in the river floodplain have an assortment of perennial forbs and grasses. The actual route will depend on where the blooms are happening and will be mostly accessible by roads and some short overland hiking. Expect up to about 5 miles of hiking at a botanist pace which should take us most of a day (6-8 hrs). Participants should bring lunch, snacks, fluids and a pack to carry personal items. 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 8:00 AM at the corner of US 6 and Silver Canyon Rd, just east of Laws. There is an Owens Valley Master Species List available for download on the Bristlecone Chapter web site at http://bristleconecnps.org/native_plants/checklists/, which works well as a paper list or on a small tablet. For more information contact Jerry at jerryzat@gmail.com.

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June

June 8, Saturday, 9-11am: Gardening Inspiration Tour, Eastern Sierra Land Trust

Locals across the Eastern Sierra have been hard at work creating beautiful pollinator-friendly gardens filled with flourishing native plants. During our Garden Walk, you can see these lovely gardens in bloom, learn more about pollinator-friendly gardening, and come away with buckets of inspiration for your garden!

We will be meeting at the ESLT office at 9:00 a.m. to begin the walk.

Questions? Learn more and RSVP by contacting Marie at marie@eslt.org or at (760) 873-4554.

CNPS Event June 8, Saturday: Botany for Beginners, Mammoth/Long Valley, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip, led by Michèle Slaton

The general public, including adults and kids of all ages are welcome on this field trip to learn some basic skills to get you started in identifying plants. We will focus on learning common wildflowers, starting with common traits used to recognize plant families. You’ll learn how to identify plant parts and how to use a plant key.

Have you ever wished you knew the names of the native plants near your home or on your favorite outings? Do you ever wonder how to figure out a plant’s name? Now is your chance! We will explore places in bloom from Long Valley to Convict Creek and the Sherwins, and get to know the common plants in flower. Experienced botanists are welcome also to share their skills.

We will meet at 9am at the Green Church at the intersection of Hwy 395 and Benton Crossing Road, and carpool to the extent possible. Bring everything you need for a full day in the field. All instructional materials will be provided, but bring a hand lens or magnifying glass, and plant guide/key if you have one. Contact Michèle Slaton (760-920-8693 or mslaton02@gmail.com) with questions. An RSVP at least one week in advance is requested but not required.

CNPS Event June 15: July-August Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter Deadline

Today is the deadline for submissions for the March-April Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter to our Newsletter Editor, Elaine Chow, at newsletter@bristleconecnps.org. Contact Elaine with any questions.

CNPS Event June 22, Saturday, 9am: Upper Summers Meadow watershed exploration, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip, led by Ann Howald

Driving and hiking tour of this botanically little-known area south of Bridgeport. Previously grazed meadows, “enriched” montane sagebrush scrub, aspen groves, and possibly conifer forest if we get that far. Meet at the Bridgeport Humboldt-Toiyabe Ranger Station at 9 am. All day trip. Bring snacks, water, lunch, etc.

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July

July 11-14, 2019: Sky Island Flora of the White Mountains, Jepson Herbarium Workshop, Jim Morefield and Dylan Neubauer White Mountain Research Center, Bishop and Crooked Creek. Workshop is full! Wait list only.

The White Mountains are located at the southwest corner of the Great Basin floristic region, and their geologic and habitat diversity, high relief (spanning 4,000-14,246 feet elevation), and proximity to the Sierra Nevada and Mojave Desert all contribute to an unusually rich and well-documented flora of over 1,100 taxa. They are also known for the oldest living trees, the highest point in Nevada, and the third highest peak in California. By mid-July, the subalpine and alpine floras are coming into their peak blooming periods.

Through driving tours (up to 50 miles each day) and easy to moderate hikes (up to 4 miles), participants will have the opportunity to explore the southern half of the White Mountains, observing and identifying diverse plants and learning to recognize various geologic and ecologic settings that influence species distributions and adaptations. Thursday morning, we will start from Bishop and stop at several points up the elevation gradient to our weekend base station at Crooked Creek (10,000 feet). Friday and Saturday will be spent visiting wetland and upland sites in various geologic settings at elevations up to 13,000 feet, depending on seasonal conditions. Sunday morning will include additional field time before our final lunch stop as we leave the mountains.

Accommodations: Shared dormitories with bathrooms.
Meals: Provided by field station.
Transportation: Vehicles must have good clearance and sturdy tires (including spare!). Carpooling possible. High clearance 4x4 with extra passenger space preferred.
Hiking: Easy to difficult: If we go up any steep and/or rocky hillsides, it will be very slowly while we look at plants, and the distances will be pretty short. Participants should use their discretion if they will be able to adjust quickly to hiking at elevations above 10,000 feet.
Start/End: Thursday morning - Sunday afternoon.
Course Fee: $550/$580.

Register for the wait list here.

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August

CNPS Event August 2019: the Bristlecone Chapter Annual Plant Sale will be scheduled for August or September - check back:

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 is a list of some of the plants that have been available for past plant sales. 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. Check back for the date!

CNPS Event August 15: September-October Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter Deadline

Today is the deadline for submissions for the March-April Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter to our Newsletter Editor, Elaine Chow, at newsletter@bristleconecnps.org. Contact Elaine with any questions.

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September

CNPS Event September 2019: The Bristlecone Chapter Plant Sale will be scheduled for August or September - check back:

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 is a list of some of the plants that have been available for past plant sales. 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. Check back for the date!

CNPS Event September 11, 2019, Wednesday, 6pm: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting

Location: Eastern Sierra Land Trust, 250 N. Fowler, Bishop. All members are welcome.

September 19-22, 2019: Some Like It Hot: Late Summer Flora of the Eastern Mojave Highlands, Jim André and Tasha La Doux Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center, Jepson Herbarium Workshop

The Eastern Mojave Desert represents one of the most floristically diverse regions in California. This incredible diversity is, in part, due to the region's proximity to the North American Monsoon and its prominent summer rainfall regime. Approximately 10% of eastern Mojave annuals are considered "summer annuals," species that germinate following summer rainfall. In addition, more than 25% of perennial species in this region flower in late summer/early fall. Examples of plant families that respond to summer rain include: Nyctaginaceae, Amaranthaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Polygonaceae, Poaceae, and Asteraceae. This course will introduce botanists to the ecology and taxonomy of the diverse late summer/early fall flora in the eastern Mojave Desert, with special emphasis on rare or unique species. Through field observation, lab identification, and evening presentations, participants will gain a better understanding for the major plant families that comprise the hot-season flora. This field-intensive workshop is intended for botanists with moderate to advanced taxonomic training, but also for those with an interest in learning more about this seldom-seen component of California's flora. Field trips will target the mid to higher elevations of the Mojave National Preserve, planned in accordance to optimal blooming conditions.

Accommodations: Shared dormitories with bathrooms. Tent camping will also be available.
Meals: Catering included.
Transportation: Vehicles must have good clearance and sturdy tires (including spare!). Carpooling possible. High clearance 4x4 with extra passenger space preferred.
Hiking: Easy to moderate; short hikes in sometimes rugged terrain.
Start/End: Thursday afternoon - Sunday 12:00 pm.
Course Fee: $570/600

Register for this workshop here

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October

CNPS Event October 15: November-December Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter Deadline

Today is the deadline for submissions for the March-April Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter to our Newsletter Editor, Elaine Chow, at newsletter@bristleconecnps.org. Contact Elaine with any questions.

October 15-18: Cal-IPC Symposium, California Invasive Plant Council, Riverside, CA

Save the date!
Oct. 15-18, 2019 in Riverside
Join Cal-IPC for another dynamic gathering of California colleagues to network, learn, and celebrate our hard work!

We will be meeting at the Riverside Convention Center and staying at the historic Mission Inn. Both are located in downtown Riverside, steps away from restaurants and entertainment.

Field trips on Friday will explore invasive plant management projects and restoration efforts in the region.

Registration opens this spring! Check the Cal-IPC Symposium page for updates

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November

CNPS Event November 13, 2019, Wednesday, 6pm: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting

Location: Eastern Sierra Land Trust, 250 N. Fowler, Bishop. All members are welcome.

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December

CNPS Event December 15: January-February Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter Deadline

Today is the deadline for submissions for the March-April Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter to our Newsletter Editor, Elaine Chow, at newsletter@bristleconecnps.org. Contact Elaine with any questions.

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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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